Enchanting Indian Wedding in New Jersey: Anuradha + Nayan
Intimate weddings seem to be the flavour of the Indian wedding season this year. That indeed was the case for New Jersey couple, Anuradha and Nayan, who tied the knot in an elegant ceremony in New Jersey last summer amongst close family and friends.
For bride Anuradha, the July wedding date was pretty special as not only is it her birthday month, but both she and Nayan share a love for summer.
The couple’s vision of having the ‘enchanting fairytale’ wedding theme came to life with thanks to an incredible dream team. Their families were involved in all planning aspects and without their help, Anuradha states that it would have been a challenge to pull off their stunning celebration.
Anuradha and Nayan’s love story was purely by coincidence. They both met through family in the summer of 2011 and six years later were engaged!
“My cousin was dating his cousin at the time and I decided to go to one of their house parties. We then met again in Boston when I went to go visit an optometry school and he just happened to be in Boston over the same weekend. Nayan asked me to be his wife on September 26, 2017. He invited our parents and our cousins and close friends. It happened in Edgewater at the Chart House. We had one our first dates there, which was the best date ever!”
Anuradha and Nayan enlisted the services of dream photography team behind Maloman Studios to capture their enchanting Indian wedding.
The botanical garden theme was always their first preference and they managed to achieve the look within budget.
“I love a lot of greenery so we had to somehow incorporate that into our wedding.”
New Jersey based decorators, Wedding Design created a beautiful backdrop for the couple with a luscious green and white floral mandap. We particularly love how that summer theme flowed on to the reception party.
The couple also opted for full pastel pink and white roses to complement their stunning wedding outfits.
Anuradha was extremely grateful to her sister and Nayan’s cousins for their assistance during the wedding planning.
“Our bridal party was our family and friends. To have them involved on our special day meant the world to us. My sister helped me a lot with the wedding planning. She was a recent bride too, so I used a lot of her wedding vendors. Without my sister’s help on planning my wedding, it would have been extremely difficult. Luckily we were not faced with any challenges because Nayan’s cousins followed the itinerary to the second and everything went as planned.”
She was also in full praise of her suppliers who were the creative force behind her beautiful enchanting Indian wedding.
“Our day of coordinator was Cheng from the Marigold and he was extremely good. He fulfilled our every need.”
It doesn’t come as a surprise that Anuradha and Nayan had an absolute blast at their wedding. Anuradha mentioned that the entire experience of planning and coordinating their Indian wedding was a lot of fun and she would do it all over again with Nayan if possible!
The Ultimate Maharani Bride
We loved Anuradha’s modern and understated look for her occasions. She stated that she always wanted a mix of modern and traditional for her big day and she was in love with the idea of including a classic Western styled ‘veil.’
“I always knew I wanted a long veil like a American bride, but I love Indian clothing as well, so I wanted to have both. I wanted my look to be delicate, yet beautiful. Talking to Susmita of Style By Susmita, about what I wanted and seeing her make my vision come to life was amazing. We started designing the outfit in January of 2018 and I didn’t see the finish product until May.”
For Nayan’s ensembles, Anuradha was left to make all the decisions.
“He left it to me to decide what he was going to wear for the wedding. His outfit was custom made to match mine. The reception outfit was custom made in New York at Zohreh. He picked the tuxedo out himself and it was a very traditional look.”
Anuradha chose to do her wedding shopping in May and she states that it was a challenge not only for the choice of fashion, but also due to the hot and humid weather.
“My shopping experience in India was tough. The weather was extremely hot since I went in May. The fashion was pretty much the same everywhere. I wanted something completely different. My reception out was from Mumbai at Nadine Dhody. I wore a red beaded lehenga. I literally fell in love it the minute I saw it.”
Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein
We mentioned above that this was truly a family affair. Anuradha’s Mama was kind enough to do a live rendition to classic, romantic Bollywood love song, Kabhi Kabhi whilst her and Nayan performed their first dance.
This really brought a tear to my eye. Without doubt, almost every bride is going to cry at some stage of her Indian wedding. Bride, Anuradha was a bundle of emotions when she walked down her beautiful wedding aisle to the mandap and she recalls this one moment as being unforgettable.
“The most unforgettable moment for me was when I walked down the aisle to the mandap. I couldn’t stop crying, I was so nervous. Nayan looks into my eyes as they uncover him and he sees me tearing. He holds my hands and whispers, “Don’t worry, Anzi I will take care of you.”
Words of Advice
The couple shared some helpful advice for newly engaged brides and grooms and we couldn’t agree more!
“Enjoy your wedding day and don’t stress about anything the day of. Everything will work out as planned.”
Thank you Anuradha and Nayan for sharing the details of your beautiful and enchanting Indian wedding with us! We love the romantic theme and with you all the very best for the future.
Photography – SHANTI WEDDINGS // Videography – IVASH STUDIOS // Wedding Ceremony and Reception – THE MARIGOLD // Décor/Flowers – WEDDING DESIGN // Stationery – UNIVERSAL WEDDING CARDS // Catering – RASOI CATERING // Wedding Cake – A LITTLE CAKE // Entertainment – DJ INSOMNIA // Bride’s outfits – STYLE BY SUSMITA and NADINE DHODY // Groom’s suits – STYLE BY SUSMITA and ZOHREH // Groom’s Shoes – NORDSTROM // Hair and Makeup – STYLE BY SUSMITA // Mehndi – MEHNDI BY ANUJA