Radhika and Harsh, Novi, USA
Fresh flowers and a spectrum of colors had this wedding looking absolutely gorgeous!
After waiting for years, Harsh finally mustered up the courage to ask Radhika out just a day after her birthday. Little did they know that from then on they would be spending all their birthdays with each other.
How We Met
“Harsh and I were in the same high school, but he was three years my senior so we never got to know each other. He remembers seeing me at an arangetram, but it was only in my sophomore year at college that we met at a club and danced together. It was great!
He added me on Facebook the next day but then we didn’t see each other again for several years. At a party, he met a cousin of mine and happened to mention he thought I was hot. It set my cousin’s Big Brother’s instinct off and I had to message Harsh on Facebook to apologize on behalf of my cousin. Harsh dismissed it saying it was no big deal. Then he asked me for my number.
He had wanted to talk to me and ask me out for years but was told that it would never work by mutual friends. We went out on our first date on 9th January, 2014.”
“We were married in Novi, Michigan. We were looking for a hotel in the vicinity, a venue that would accommodate our guest list of about 500 and one that would allow us to bring in our own vendors. The Suburban Collection Showplace ticked all the boxes.”
“We encountered several challenges while organizing the wedding but our great community of friends and family helped make our wedding events perfect.
Despite the fact that the venue hit us with several last-minute stipulations that prevented us from having some of my dream décor and vendors, everything went very well. In Michigan, decor vendors are limited so a lot of the decor ends up being recycled amongst our very large Indian community. To have something very unique is a difficult goal. However, our decorator worked really hard to try to make this happen for Harsh and I and did quite well for our budget.”
“For my mehndi, we went with simple décor. We created a traditional vibe using marigolds, ethnic looking umbrellas, bright cushions and more. I designed an elegant navy blue gown for this function and made sure that the color of my outfit was in sync with that used in the decor.”
Grah Shanti Pooja
“The vidhi, once again, took place at our respective houses. The decor at his place made used of the traditional bandhani fabric while at mine, it was about florals.
For my vidhi, I wanted a very traditional look and we searched long and hard for my very simple white sari. I wore my grandmother’s wedding nose-ring which has a peacock on it and matched the motif on my yellow blouse. I paired this with fresh marigold flowers in my hair and as bracelets.”
“Bright hues such as royal blue, hot pink, yellow, orange, green and more came together to deck up the venue for the garba night. We had golden birdcages and tree structures as our centerpieces. I wore a pink lehenga with a golden blouse and a blue dupatta while Harsh opted for a red outfit.”
“I was going for a very traditional Indian bridal look for my wedding and found the perfect red lehenga in Baroda. It was unique and totally my style. I chose to wear my hair in a similar style to my mom on her wedding day. We designed Harsh’s outfit to complement the work on my outfit with accents of red in his dupatta paired with traditional temple jewellery.
Our venue was decorated using candles as well as drapes and flowers in shades of pink and white ”
“My reception outfit again was very unique and was covered in hand embroidery. It had a lot of detailing and the muted shades used against the black fabric were stunning. Harsh wore a custom classic black tux. The decor was simple yet very elegant and the colors used matched those in my outfit.”
Venue: Suburban Collection Showplace
Wedding Planner: Marigold Wedding Planners
Lights: Lazar Sound and Lighting, Michigan
Makeup Artist: Primp Beauty (Plymouth)
Hairstylist: Primp Beauty (Plymouth)
DJ: Micky Singh
Photography: Sapan Ahuja (Chicago)
Videography: Aria Fine Art Films Chicago