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tanaRi events’ wedding: Madhavi and Kunal

tanaRi events had the distinct honor of showcasing Madhavi and Kunal’s love story. The more we got to know about the two, the more we fell in love with their love story! The charming couple are not just two of the sweetest people we know, but are a power couple; Madhavi is a scientist and Kunal is a finance managing director! Apart from that, Madhavi and Kunal are a Jain couple, followers of a religion that preaches tenants of harmlessness. Adhering to their cultural values and preferences, tanaRi events were given strict orders on making sure nothing during the wedding weekend is wasted.

They first kicked off their pre wedding celebration on the Aqua Azul yacht with family and friends at sunset, setting a beautiful and romantic start to their wedding weekend. The next day on the way to the wedding ceremony at Tribeca Rooftop, family and guests followed the specially made pedicab from Rickshaw Revolution, dhol player, and band into a fun filled celebration. Over 200 guests were first served delicious food from Kailash Parbat pre-wedding and then  watched the exchanging of the vows surrounded by natural ornaments.

Cress Florals used earthy tones and inspiration from environment, and let nature truly be at its best with adornments like imported succulent plants from California that were placed under terrarium glass containers. Retro styled glass bulbs were also used to enhance the mandap area for an artistic vibe. Keeping the decorations to a minimum, the couple had requested to use second hand flowers instead of fresh ones, knowing that usually flowers get thrown out after the wedding day.

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The wedding venue place had then shortly transformed into a reception area, where Dimple Bombay Talk served their famous savory dishes and Erin McKenna’s delectable vegan Dessert Doughnuts. The beautiful night then ended with the couple rolling out of the wedding in style, with a Rolls Royce where Kunal surprised Madhavi with a penthouse loft in Brooklyn at the Wythe hotel  for their honeymoon night!

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We are grateful to all the guests, vendors, and the lovely couple for helping put on such a magical night!

 

 

 

Photographer: Karin von Voigtlander

Luxury Car: Ecstasy Limo

Henna Artist: Mehndikalogie (Dhara)

DJ: Desi Junction DJs

Hair/Make Up: Erika Franco

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tanaRi events weddings: Adrienne & Gaurav Pt. 2

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We’re so excited to finally share with you all the STUNNING wedding ceremony & reception that took place as the weekend progressed for Adrienne and Gaurav! Thanks to our friends at Third Element Studios for capturing the full essence of this wedding day.

When we spoke with the couple during the planning stages, there were a few main important details: being surrounded by nature, having DIY elements & incorporating both cultures into the festivities. The result was a wedding filled with bright colors, natural beauty and lots of love.

The day started as the bride got ready at Adrienne’s parents house, (and where the ceremony was later held in the backyard). Gaurav set the tone for tradition as he rode in style on a white horse for the Indian Baraat, surrounded by family & close friends. He was met by both sets of parents as they exchanged garlands during the Milni ceremony, which is the ultimate symbol of uniting the two families. Following this, the bride and groom said their vows under a handmade wooden mandap, (created by Adrienne’s father with tall Redwood trees). Beautiful orange saris draped the top of the mandap, along with orange and pink marigold flowers hanging down – decorated by both Adrienne and Gaurav’s mothers. The natural light through the Redwood trees made for the most gorgeous wedding backdrop!

The celebrations continued to the reception, where the party was filled with lots of singing & dancing. Centerpieces were simple, with low centerpieces and an array of flowers finished with a burlap lining.

This wedding was so amazing that our friends at Rustic Chic rated it one of their top weddings from 2014! We’re so happy we could be a part of this special day for an amazing couple – there’s so many pictures we love that we had such a hard time choosing for the slideshow below!

For more information on this wedding or any wedding/destination wedding planning, please contact us.

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tanaRi events weddings: Adrienne & Gaurav Pt. 1

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When it comes to Indian weddings, there’s no shortage of celebrations! You know things we’re starting in the right direction when you’re playing tug of war on the beach..!

When we met Adrienne and Gaurav, we knew immediately that this was a fun loving couple. There were a few things that we knew right away were important: they wanted to have an Indian fusion ceremony, be surrounded by nature in the tall redwood trees and that their families & friends played a big role in the creation of the wedding theme.

The wedding took place in Aptos, CA so many of their friends flew in for what would be a high energy and unforgettable wedding weekend. It started with their friends getting together on the beach to play some games. Girls against boys. They all wore capes, (boys in red & girls in blue). It was a great way to put everyone in good spirits to later enjoy the sangeet and officially launch the wedding celebrations

Bright colors and love filled the room for the sangeet as each of their parents spoke beautiful words. Adrienne’s father and friends, (who are musicians), played music and got all the guests to their feet singing and dancing! Most importantly, their dog Rusty was sitting right by their side through the entire night and wedding weekend. Adrienne and Gaurav made sure that he played an important role in the celebrations!

It was a beautiful way to start the weekend and the ceremony/reception is one to remember! Be sure to check out Part 2 in the next couple of weeks..

In the meantime, check out some of these gorgeous photos by Third Element Studios who captured the entire wedding weekend so beautifully.

 

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tanaRi events wedding: Payal & Nishant

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This wedding was too amazing NOT to post the unforgettable photos captured by Stephan & Stella for Maloman Studios! We had such a great time working on this wedding not only because of the venue and amazing vendors, but the fact that the bride & groom, Payal and Nishant, were such a pleasure to work with. Their love for one another is evident and through these photos, you can truly tell how happy they are and having the best time with their family & friends on this special day.

What we truly love about these photos is how absolutely gorgeous Payal looks in her dark green lengha choli with a beautiful white skirt to match. The colors blend beautifully in front of the gorgeous greenery that surrounded the venue. Even the natural lighting during the day was able to pick up some beautiful shadow as the bride and groom took their pictures. As we move through the course of the day, their change in outfits post-ceremony blend beautifully with the purples and fuchsia lighting and floral arrangements of the reception decor.

We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did planning the wedding! Thanks to all the other vendors who helped make this wedding possible.. Venue: The Villa at Mountain Lakes, Catering: Chand Palace, Flowers: Elegant Affairs, Bride’s Attire: Benzer, Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo, Groom’s Tux: Ralph Lauren, DJ: DJ Milin, Cake: The Villa’s Baker, Hair & Makeup: Michelle Stern & Tamara Saffioti

Be sure to check out the amazing Maharani Weddings feature of Payal & Nishant! Thanks for the wonderful spread.. Also, be sure to check out our Maharani Weddings vendor page  to find out more information about us!

 

 

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tanaRi events weddings: Oheka Castle

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One of our favorite wedding venues in Long Island has to be Oheka Castle. Its’ elaborate structure and decadence make this one beautiful wedding location.

These photos don’t do this wedding full justice, but it hopefully gives you a taste to the gorgeous ceremony & reception. On a gorgeous summer day, cute wooden umbrellas sat on the white chairs at the outdoor ceremony to help control the heat for the guests! We loved the simple mandap decor by Elegant Affairs with white draping and flower pompoms lining the aisle. For the indoor reception, there were lots of pale pink and white roses & hydrangeas filling the beautiful glass centerpieces. Floating candles surrounded both the small and large table centerpieces with a hint of romance. Each table was named after terms of love. For example, one table was called “lovebirds” and another table called “hearts”.

It was a beautiful day and we thank all of the other vendors for helping make this an unforgettable occasion!

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tanaRi events weddings: Racheal & Rochan Pt 2 – Mad Men Wedding Theme

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Martinis. Sleek interior decor. Black suits. Just a few of the Mad Men inspired wedding theme details that our friends Racheal and Rochan incorporated into their reception celebrations!

Moving into Day 2 of the wedding festivities, the wedding party traveled to the Bently Reserve in San Francisco! With marble columns lining the outside, the Mad Men vibe started as soon as you walked into the venue! Both the bride & groom wore sophisticated designs by Indian designers. (Rochan wearing a Nehru black suit with red trimming and Racheal wore a colorful and intricate SHYAMAL & BHUMIKA  anarkali.) The party continued throughout the night with swanky red couches, glass candles/vases, velvet draping, mirrored coffee tables and elaborate centerpieces filled with gorgeous white orchids.

It was an extremely memorable night with close friends & family. We’re so glad The Memory Journalists was able to capture some of the beautiful details of this day! Also, we can’t forget to thank the other vendors who helped make this wedding possible: Global Gourmet Catering for the delicious menu, Rukhsana’s Beauty Place for Racheal’s gorgeous makeup, Silver Tie Films videography & Sweet Tooth Confections for the creative treats!

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tanaRi events weddings: Racheal & Rochan Pt. 1

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We were so thrilled to be able to help plan & celebrate our friends Racheal & Rochan Sankar back in November 2012! They had such an extravagant wedding that it took an entire weekend of events to celebrate! From the two beautiful ceremonies at the Double Tree Hotel & the Mad Men themed reception at the Bently Reserve in Sacramento, CA, we’re dedicating TWO posts to this wonderful occasion! This first post is dedicated to the wedding ceremonies. Yes, you read that correctly!

Having met through mutual friends, Racheal & Rochan were able to overcome the long distance concerns through phone calls getting to know one another until they met and uncovered their special connection. It was then that they knew they were meant to be, with Rochan later proposing at the place where they first met!

Fast forward to their wedding! As both Racheal & Rochan come from their respective Hindu religious sects, it was important to them and their families that they have ceremonies to honor each of their traditions. (Racheal comes from an Indo-Fijian background; Rochan comes from a South Indian Brahmin background.)

Sacramento Indian Wedding Photographer 025First came the South Indian ceremony, which was designed with red drapes and traditional red & white flowers hanging from the mandapam. Our favorite part of the ceremony is when they sit on the Oonjal, which symbolizes the couple facing life’s challenges together. After this, each family offers their blessings as they take their steps around one another to show their first “steps” together as husband and wife. [Also known as the Saptapadi (Seven Steps) and Ammi Midithal (Stepping on the Stone).]

 

 

Indian Wedding Photographer 031Later that evening, the Indo-Fijian wedding was filled with romance; Crystals hanging down from the mandap, red rose petals circling around the aisle, which was also lined with floating candles & rose petals in glassware. This service was a bit more elaborate, with a more pronounced entrance of the bride and groom. [Rochan arrived on a horse, which is a typical Indian tradition.] Once both arrived and sat in the beautiful mandap with their families, they spoke their vows as they  walk around in circles. The first four circles signify four goals of life: Dharma (moral duty), Artha (wealth), Kama (love), and Moksha (salvation). The final three symbolize their union of Mind, Body and Soul. The ceremony concludes with the Sindoor and Mangalsutra (Red Vermillion and Sacred Thread). They are tied together as Rochan places the Mangalsutra around Racheal’s neck, which symbolizes their commitment.

See below for some additional images captured by The Memory Journalists. They did an amazing job conveying the love & emotions that were present with this amazing couple and their family & friends! Also, a big thanks to all of the other amazing vendors!

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