Ganesha

The elephant-god Ganesha (or Ganpati) is one of the most prominent deities in Hinduism. Widely revered as the ‘Remover of Obstacles’ and  ’Lord of Beginnings’, his name is always invoked before any other deity’s name in Hindu wedding prayer rituals.

Legend has it that Lord Ganesha received this distinction as a blessing from his parents, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. He is designated as the chief (eesha) of all of Lord Shiva’s ganas (servers) – hence the name, Ganesha.

An illustration by artist Katie Daisy.

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Jinder + Kamal {the celebration}

A peacock-inspired Punjabi fiesta in Yuba City, California…

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Photography: MDC Photography | Cinematography: AVL Films | Event design, stationery and florals: Anais Events | Special event lighting: Avenue Illumination | Cake: Cakes by Nancy | Venue: Walnut Hall, Yuba City.

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Tina + Pritesh {Reception}

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Photography: Humza Yasin; Venue: Doubletree Hotel San Jose; Coordination: Planning Elegance; Event Design, florals, stationery & candy bar: Anais Events; Family’s clothes & jewelry: custom made in India; Makeup & Hair: The Allure Studio; Lighting & Music: Riamu Entertainment; Cake: Amia Bakery; Catering: Jay Bharat.

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Tina + Pritesh {Ceremony}

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Photography: Humza Yasin; Venue: Doubletree Hotel San Jose; Coordination: Planning Elegance; Event Design, florals & stationery: Anais Events; Family’s clothes & jewelry: custom made in India; Makeup & Hair: The Allure Studio; Lighting & Music: Riamu Entertainment.

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M+M {wedding reception}

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Photography: Vision One Studios; Event Design and florals: Anais Event Planning & Design; Lighting: Avenue Illumination; Venue: Starlite Banquet Hall San Jose.

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A girl’s best friend

I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond – Mae West.

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Nawabi finery



source: Wedding Vows

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a penchant for banarsi

The Banarsi saris or fabrics known for their fine silk and opulent embroidery are an inevitable part of any Indian bride’s trousseau. An heirloom royal blue banarsi dupatta I inherited from my mom is always my go-to favorite! 

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Couture Rani

First the name had us at hello, then I found out that this newly launched online boutique carries that oh-so-delicious Gaurav Gupta peacock lehenga I’d shared a few days ago….and then the love fest began!

We all know that from the east coast to the west and in between, there is precious little access to high-end Indian designer fashion. With Couture Rani now, founder Gina Mathew brings an e-commerce site that sells made-to-order bridal and evening wear by India’s top designers. That’s right, you get to order a custom made, individually tailored piece from the comfort of your home!! The requisite pre-wedding India shopping trip now becomes optional!

Here are some goodies from currently showcased designers - Ritu Kumar, Varun Behl and Gaurav Gupta. The site plans to add new designers and additional product lines in the coming months so hop on over and take a looksee!

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All images courtesy of Couture Rani.

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An all time favorite indian wedding shot!

This one image by Karen Wise perfectly captures pre-wedding bridal lassitude admist all that magic of wedding festivities. It’s pinned on my wall and never fails to inspire or rejuvinate me as a designer and planner!!

Indian wedding by Karen Wise

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