Nilam and Anand’s engagement session photographed by Indian Wedding Snap took them into the woods exploring nature and all of its beauty
To celebrate a thriving wedding business over the past 10 years is no easy Task. Just ask Lead planner and designer Jo Ann of Apropos Creations. Jo Ann is a big part of the Indian Wedding community. Based in Arizona and ready to take on the world. If you have not witnessed the beauty of that part of the United States, then you are in for a real treat. Jo Ann’s creations not only embrace the beauty that surrounds her but executes with style and elegance. Read on to be inspired by one of the true leaders in this industry.
Company: Apropos Creations
Tell us about your business name: 21 years ago, shortly after my wedding, my husband told me I should be a wedding planner and have my own business. I tucked his suggestion away and told him if and when I ever have my own business; I will name it Apropos “something.” When that happens, it’s because it’s the right time. Apropos means fitting; at the right time, opportunely, appropriate, to the purpose.
Where are you located? Do you travel? Our home is Arizona but travel out of state as well as out of the country.
How long have you been a professional? Apropos Creations was conceptualized back in 2009, and I am very proud to say we are thriving and haven’t stopped.
How did you get your start? Long story, and I will save it over a bottle of wine – but, the short of it is: back in 1998 I married my best friend and no, I did not get inspired to become a wedding planner when we got married. Instead, I inspired my husband to convince me to become one because of how passionate he could see that I was for all things weddings. It wasn’t until 2009 when I finally listened to my heart, and my husband, and took the plunge to start Apropos Creations.
Describe your style in three words: This is typically a question I have for clients, and quite often they aren’t sure how to answer…and now I’m in the same predicament. Being hard to narrow it down to three, here are a few: Sophisticated, Tomboy, Casual, and Sexy.
What services do you provide? Apropos Creations offers full-service wedding planning, as well as a custom planning service that fits a couple’s cultural and religious needs too.
Do you have a team? I am very proud to say that, “Yes, we do.” I even finally added an office assistant to the team. Our field team consists of an event assistant or two – depending on the total number of guests. We also have a Senior Event Planner who takes care of our corporate engagements and events.
How has social media changed your business? I love sharing photos of special days I have planned for so many special people, and find that helps future couples determine what they want on their big day. Having social media as a marketing tool to show prospective clients what we are capable of doing for them gives us that much more of a chance to provide them the service they are looking for. This gives us a better way to communicate with couples and build the event of their dreams.
How do you provide education to your couple’s during the planning process? I make it a point to spend time with my couples. Just like the style question above, many couples have no idea what they want. Then again, the bride could know every detail from the time she was five years old. No matter what, I like to get to know the couple, so I can guide them every step of the way and make suggestions to help them make all the grand decisions.
What makes a successful wedding? How does one handle the things that come your way on the big day? It can be as simple as getting the cake delivered on time or making sure the place (name) cards are in the right spot or having Plan B ready to have the ceremony indoors due to the rain forecast. A wedding is like a jigsaw puzzle and when I, as the wedding planner, make the pieces fit – you have a successful wedding. That and the bride’s face says it all!
Accolades & awards: Awards:
NACE 2018 President’s List Award
Ranked on Ranking Arizona’s The Best of Arizona Business- Category of Event Planning
One of the recent Raves about Apropos Creations:
Words don’t describe how amazing Jo Ann is to work with!
Immediately from our initial meeting with Jo Ann, we appreciated her easy-going and amiable demeanor, and knew she would be perfect to work with! Working with her made it seem more like a close family friend was helping us, more than a hired vendor. Her constant presence throughout all of the planning, especially our final planning and stress-filled days, made everything much more manageable. She understands the stress couples are under while planning and executing a wedding, and works her butt off to quell as much stress as possible! I even called her my saving grace because that’s what she was!
I appreciated how thorough and meticulous she was as she worked to understand our vision, and she never once balked at all of my spreadsheets! I also appreciated all of the files she shared with me to keep the multitude of details organized and assist me with all of the planning needed.
Jo Ann’s expertise and professionalism are second-to-none, and her hard work, the day of our wedding, resulted in the event we were dreaming of. And when I say expertise, I mean it. The littlest of details that are easily forgotten by an over-stressed mind are not forgotten by Jo Ann! She helped me handle all of the final vendor communications and ensure everyone knew what/when/how things were going to happen day-of! She also had to wrangle 75+ extended family members for pictures immediately after the ceremony, which is no small feat considering they all wanted to hit cocktail hour instead!
Simply put, her services were the best money we spent for our wedding. Period.
Our wedding was the party we wanted and imagined, and we couldn’t have pulled it off without Jo Ann. I don’t feel like “thank you” does enough justice for how appreciative we are for her and everything she did for us!
What makes you different? As a wedding planner, I am down to earth, transparent, and treats every wedding and event as if it’s mine and my team’s own event – and I listen to my clients to make what they want to happen in order to make it happen. We make sure that you have the happiest day of your life, just as if it was our day too, and that sets us apart.
Do you want to offer prospective clients any advice on hiring a professional? Go with your gut. Go with the wedding planner your heart picks. Not everyone is a good fit for you and your event, but you also want someone who listens. Someone who isn’t afraid to give suggestions, but makes sure the final say and decision is yours. Apropos Creations prides itself on communication, and that is key to making sure your wedding day goes off without a hitch.
Light and bright weddings are so dreamy. The muted tones are classic and will look good for years to come. Tone on tone minimalism was the inspiration for the table design. Simple clean lines to draw attention to the florals and the menus. The chairs were pulled away for the photograph to show the nice drape of the suede tablecloth.
The floral design for the tablescape included a lush peony centerpiece and two fern bud vases. The rich deep tones of the peonies and ranunculus provided depth and sophistication to the color palette. Meanwhile, the accent flowers of delphinium, garden roses, and carnations provided bright pops of spring color with Fritillaria and umbrella fern bringing a touch of natural whimsy.
The invitation is enclosed in a deep red laser cut sleeve with a beautiful medallion pattern and has gold foil accents for the couple’s monogram. The envelopes are a soft champagne and highlight the couple’s monogram. The menu is printed on matching soft champagne and features the same medallion pattern with touches of red and turquoise. The couples monogram is hidden at the center.
When planning a light and bright wedding remember to keep the tones simple and add a pop of blush or lighter color to bring in a touch of whimsy.
Photography: A Time to Keep Photography | Planning: Events by Sorrell | Floral: Afterall Floral Design | Cake: Chickadee Hill Cakes | Makeup: Salon K Concord | Venue: Aldworth Manor | Catering: Hilltop Kitchen | Shoes: Bella Belle | Rentals: Peak Event Services | Design/Decor: Kadeema Rentals | Clothing: Misch B Couture | Ring: The Mrs Box
After dating for several years Chinmay wanted to surprise Prapti with a proposal in the city of loveParis, France. Because family is important to both of them he involved both the families in the planning of the engagement. This dream proposal took place with the Eiffel Tower in the background in a picturesque cafe.
In India and across various cultures, most weddings are extravagant and larger than life events as an accepted social custom. Prapti and Chinmay wanted to normalize their wedding and host it at a relatable scale. They wanted the focus to be on something that is meaningful, humble and personal.
So how did they plan and design their wedding? The team from Kankoo Thaapa gave us their insights into the conversations and ideas that went into creating their dream wedding…”The concept of the wedding was developed after rounds of discussions and interviews with the couple. We understood them and gathered what is important to them and why”, says Kankoo Thaapa. “When we started developing language for them, we knew that it has to be timeless, rooted yet contemporary, profound yet versatile and above all beautifully personal to them. This lead us to the fundamentals of any element. Panchtatva – five core elements…. Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. These became our concept and not theme. So each element and each ritual was designed and conducted with the understanding and abstract interpretation of one or more elements. The marriage ceremony became the symbol of every element coming together depicting ultimate enlightenment, their union. Prapti means Achievement/Gain and Chinmay means Knowledge/Supreme Consciousness. Together their names mean, Enlightenment. Several areas of the wedding were derived from the concept of Panchtatva. Earth, water, air, fire and space.”
Venue: Aranya Farms, Ahmedabad, India | Planner: Kankoo Thaapa | Photography: Memoire | Videographer: Shaadi Video | Hair/Makeup: Expressions by Niyati Shah (Sangeet), Ulupi Parikh (Wedding, Reception) | Catering: Jaival Parikh Catering | Henna Artist: Jayshree | Rentals: Alankar Decorators, Ahmedabad
We are obsessed with India, its culture and rich traditions always have us enthralled. So when we came across Nadyenka’s images from her recent trip to India we had to share. All the places she visited are filled with the things we love; color, texture and of course history. Take a peek inside her trip and hopefully you will gain some inspiration of your own…or maybe even schedule a photo shoot while you are visiting India for your wedding shopping.
Want to see more images check out Nadyenka on Instagram
Have you ever met someone and instantly wanted to become their friend? Like within the first 30 seconds of meeting them, you could just tell they were awesome people? That’s exactly what my session with Saumya & John at Shell Ridge Open Space, Walnut Creek was like. Even with the skies dark, and rain falling- this couple showed up dressed to kill with nothing but the biggest smiles.
I’m not going to lie- I was panicking at first. My normal reaction to rain or stormy skies to instantly suggest a reschedule. But Saumya & John were driving such a long way, and she was coming from her makeup trail- so I knew we had to make it work no matter what. I don’t think either of them could read the worry in my face- because the warm, excited energy they exuded even as they climbed out of their car and accepted the umbrella I reached out to them, was so overpowering that for a moment I forgot it was even raining!
Couples like Saumya & John really make me thankful that I’m able to work with such genuinely great, friendly, down-to-earth people. They posed, smiled, and cuddled up with one another throughout the session- looking like the rain scene from the Notebook, almost like we had planned the rain! And just wait till you see the sunset skies we captured at the end of the session. SO. WORTH. IT! – written by Corinna Rose Photography
We love getting different perspectives on weddings both from the brides point of view and from the vendors who helped to create their day. The photography team from Imagine It Photography beautifully captured the fusion wedding of Chey and Jon. Below are a few words from them and what stood out to them photographing their wedding.
“After preparations and fun with the the bridesmaids, Chey was ready for her Sari. This was my first time seeing a white Sari and I just loved it! It had such beautiful bead work and stitching, that I couldn’t help but capture some of it in her details. Chey was basically sewn into this beautiful Sari and it was so fun to capture. Before leaving the house there were a few Sri Lankan traditions to take part in and then we were all off to Our Lady Of Peace Church.
From the ceremony we met at Severance Hall for a few creative portraits and then headed to the Hilton Cleveland Downtown for the reception. Arriving at the Hilton, Chey had a wardrobe and hair change back in their room with Cathy Woods (hair stylist extraordinaire), who was waiting to give Chey a different look. I just loved her new look for the reception…how fun is that!?
The reception was beautifully decorated with perfectly lit drapery by Vincent Lighting and florals again by Padra Designs, who did such an amazing job! Chey and Jon had a sweet choreographed first dance. Then later, Chey and her father had a fun and adorable choreographed father/daughter dance as well! There were plenty of toast and matching slideshows to go along with the speeches. Later in the evening, there were lots of delicious treats and late night snacks! This wedding was fun and beautiful and John and I loved sharing in the day! Congratulations Jon and Chey!” – Imagine It Photography
What do you get when you combine 25 years of experience with a savy sense of style. Just ask Richha Arora, the founder and lead designer of Arora Events. This team of planners based on Toronta can help you design the wedding of your dreams anywhere in the world. Make no mistake about it Arora Events is one to watch when it come to beautiful South Asian Weddings.
Where are you located? Do you travel? We are based in Canada and travel worldwide for our destination clients.
How long have you been a professional? 10+ years
How did you get your start? Our founder, Richha Arora started the company as one of two South Asian focused wedding planning service firms in Toronto. She had just completed her event management education from Ryerson University in Toronto and began dabbling in various styles and types of events. Given her background and love for weddings, she thought creating a niche service that was focused on the cultural demands and requirements of the South Asian market would be where our company could act as a leader and trendsetter in the wedding industry.
Describe your style in three words: Memorable, stylish and original
What services do you provide? Full Planning, Partial Planning, Day & Month of Coordination, Destination Wedding
Do you have a team? We currently (2019) have a team of five who come from a dynamic background with over 25 years of combined experience.
Richha Arora – Founder and Principal Planner
Rosy Pabla – Event Planner
Amrita Jhaveri – Event Planner
Kim Saini – Event Planner
Avneet Ahluwalia – Event Planner
How has social media changed your business? Social media has opened up new opportunities by allowing us to target specific audiences in highly engaging ways. We’re able to engage in conversations and promote valuable and creative content which has helped shape our brand and our company transparency.
How do you provide education to your couple’s during the planning process?
Our couples look to us as a recourse and guiding light when it comes to expertise in the wedding industry. For many of them it’s their first time planning a large scale event, and while they may have a big picture vision, they simply don’t know the ins and outs. Our mantra is never to overwhelm our clients at any time during the planning process. That means we like to take our time to ensure that our clients are making the right decisions for them, their vision even if it takes time to get it right. We educate our clients with our comprehensive templates and tools that we have developed over the years to assist them to organize and exercise a level of control during their planning process. Because all of our clients are unique, this means we customize our workbooks and templates to reflect that of our client’s needs and specific wedding vision.
Through constant communication on regular planning calls and even What’s App groups we can help them understand why we recommend certain vendors and approaches that are best for their wedding and needs.
In addition to this, we have held events in the best and continuously are involved in industry speaking engagements and events where we can share our expertise and act as a leading voice for our clients. Some of our past education-based events have included Bridalicious (a seminar focused on educating brides in the core areas of planning, beauty, photography and bridal couture) and Elevate (an education based networking event for the South Asian wedding industry focused on growing your business).
What makes a successful wedding?
1. Creating a comprehensive itinerary – Develop a thorough and detailed timeline of the day. This will help build-in time for flexibility and smooth out the day to help make your wedding day stress free. It is also the go-to guide for anyone involved in the wedding day.
2. Think about your guests – Yes, it’s your day, but you also want to make sure that your guests are relaxed, happy and comfortable. Take into consideration if you’re guests are traveling from afar, will they need transportation and/or accommodations? Do you have newborns attending, will the mother need a quiet area? Think about the place, time of year and go from there.
3. Communication – Ensure that vendors, family, and friends are on the same page before the big day. Share your itinerary which will allow everyone you work with to have clear expectations of their tasks before and day of.
4. Memorable Moments – We encourage our clients to think of 3 key memorable moments that will make their wedding day special to them. These could be memorable to them but also their guests. We love seeing guests and our couples being surprised and delighted through simple touches or large scale surprises throughout their wedding day, making each of our events original and personalized to each of our clients.
List any accolades & awards:
2018 Wedding Planning Institute of Canada (WPIC) Award Winners for:
Wedding Planners of the Year
Best Destination Wedding
Best Wedding $100k+
What makes you different? We redefine traditional in every detail and tell our clients’ stories through design, culinary and immersive experiences. Comfortable, process-based, and customized planning is our mantra. An aesthetic that is creative, impactful and stylish is applied to our events of every scale.
Do you want to offer prospective clients any advice on hiring a professional? Meet with your potential planner first and share your vision. Make sure you have a connection and can see yourself working with them. Your planning can begin as early as a year in advance, so it’s essential to have a great relationship with your planner. Who would you want to go for coffee with is a great way to picture yourself working with your planner!
Natalie and Vinny got married at The Ritz Carlton in Sarasota. Rain rolled in right before their much- anticipated ceremony but this did not get in the way of their amazing wedding day.
Natalie and Vinny met back in 2010 at work at the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando Florida. They became friends and enjoyed each other’s company and one day, while back in the same exact place the met, Natalie said Yes to join Vinny’s hand into marriage. They are both lovers of food, dancing, music, and spending time with their dearest family and friends – they complement each other in every aspect. Their fun and adventurous love life translated beautifully into their wedding day alongside family that traveled from different locations to witness this wonderful couple’s dream of becoming one.
In the uniqueness of their chemistry, their caring hearts made a very sweet choice to do two ceremonies that both cultures from each side of the now one family, could enjoy. This was a first experience and a very beautiful one.
Photography: Limelight Photography | Venue: Ritz Carlton Sarasota
Adarsh is an attorney and works in public policy. Born in Chicago, IL, he was raised in Indiana and is currently working for the state. He loves live music, traveling, and the Cubs. Geeta was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She is a physician specializing in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She loves traveling, dogs and spending time with her and Adarsh’s nieces and nephews.
Adarsh and Geeta both lived in Washington, DC for many years down the street from one another, had common friends, but never crossed paths until they moved to the Midwest. Their first date was in Chicago on a Friday night and they hit it off immediately! Over a late night slice of chocolate pie Adarsh asked Geeta for a second date …for the next night! She said yes and never looked back.
As time passed, the couple fell in love. The engagement proposal was a big surprise to Geeta! Between Geeta’s hospital on-call schedule changing, and her planner self trying to arrange dinner plans, she almost ruined Adarsh’s proposal plans. He fooled her into thinking she was going to a baby shower for his cousin, but instead he ended up taking her to a private rooftop and proposing on one knee against the Chicago skyline. Adarsh then took Geeta to a fun Italian restaurant where all of their siblings were awaiting to surprise her and join in the celebrations.
Colorado was selected as the location for the wedding because Geeta and her family have spent every summer in Gunnison and Crested Butte since she was a young girl. It is a very special place that reminds Geeta of her father Satish and holds many wonderful memories. Adarsh, with his love of the outdoors and adventurous spirit, fell in love with CB as well. They both wanted their friends and family to not only share in the joy of them embarking on their marriage, but also spend the week in a glorious unique setting exploring and making their own memories. They wanted to have a traditional Hindu religious ceremony, but against the backdrop of the mountains and nature. This was such a special event in their and their families’ lives, which they wanted to be in nature’s true scenery.
At the beginning of the wedding planning process, all we knew is that they would need a horse for the Baraat- which they knew they could probably get in the middle of Colorado! Arranging a multi-day Hindu wedding event was definitely an adventure and was full family affair that they could not have accomplished without their family’s love and personal attention. Geeta’s mom hand made desserts and snacks for each wedding event and created paintings to place as decor at each party. Adarsh’s parents spent time coordinating with the priest and shipping all the detailed items they would need to prepare a proper Hindu ceremony. Both of our mothers also provided personal recipes to the chefs at the Club at CB and Crested Butte Mountain Resort to help create the unique Indian flavors and dishes for the various events. Their parents have always said “we want you to be happy” and showed this when they went above and beyond arranging the Indian Hindu traditions within the mountains of Crested Butte.
Designer: Prashe | Planner: Princess Productions | Video: Kasala Productions | DJ: McFarren and Reich Worldwide | Band: SuperCollider Band | Florist: FloraEventi | Lengha: Studio East6 | Venue and Catering: Crested Butte Mountain Resort | Cake: Wildflour Sweets | Photography: Third Eye Photo
We sat down aith Ciara and Nikhil and chatted about their destination wedding in Australia
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day?
We perceived our wedding moment as the highest point of exaltation associated with renovation and re- freshness. Being inspired by these emotions, we strived to create an atmosphere of lightness, nobility, and spirituality for us and for our guests as well. To underline the exalted detachment from the trivial world we decided to organize aboard a yacht ceremony. It involved Eastern cultural traditions since they were close to our family. Moreover, it enhanced the spirituality of the day.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
The inspiration for lightness determined our décor decision. What can help to implement this idea better than the traditional wedding style? As the accent, we used the classic combination of white and gold hues – the colors of wedding dress and wedding rings. This tandem one can see in each element of décor: gold candlesticks and white candles, white chairs with gold bows, white serviettes decorated with gold rings, etc. Even the wedding cake was covered with white cream with gold framing. We also had an idea of using the same accent in floral design joining white flowers and those having the color as close to gold hue as possible. Apparently, we failed to find the “ideal’ kind of flowers and decided that the white one will be enough.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
I should say, it was the right decision – a huge amount of white flowers added incredible divinity to our wedding. We had many flowers: wedding bouquet, bridegroom and his friends’ buttonholes, numerous small bouquets on the tables, and long floral plexus as the décor of the bride’s table, flowers on the wedding cake and not only this. This incredible whiteness we underlined with green elements accompanying each element of décor. The tangerine tree was one more central floral element we used to replace the ‘gold’ flowers. It looked rather symbolically in the context of Eastern traditions (it is believed this tree attracts life success).
Did you personalize the day in any way? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We are sure that life success cannot bypass us since we have a lot of good people in our life. All they were with us on the wedding day and they were as happy as we did. We tried to fix each emotion on camera and make a photo with everybody. I should say the photo session was the favorite part of our day. I did not like to be on camera focus before in my life (as well as Nikhil), but this day we pulled everyone to make a photo with us. It seems we wanted to create ‘personalized memory’ for each of the dearest people. Moreover, it is a sin to avoid the camera when you are happy and beautiful.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
It is worth mentioning our wedding friends had the looks alike to our one: bride’s friends had white dresses, bridegroom’s friends – the same three-piece suits. It was not a mere tribute to wedding traditions or preserving the wedding style but most likely the “our love story element”. I mean the story of our first meeting. We had met at our friends’ wedding ceremony. Being a bride’s friend I was worn alike to the bride and her other friends; Nikhil took me for the other girl. It was curious but fate moment. That day I’ve caught the bride’s bouquet and after that, he invited me for our first date. Nikhil said he already knew that our wedding would be the next, and indeed he made me a proposal just on the third date. I was surprised but felt I could not tell “no” cause I want to marry him. It seems we are kinship souls. We feel this constantly, but this was especially sensibly during our first wedding dance. Because of this feeling, dancing was the most anticipated moment of our wedding day.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
We want to call everybody: do not be afraid of occasional meetings and quick decisions. Often they are a single right way to happiness. Also, be open to sharing your happiness with the closest people; do not escape from them on your wedding day. It is a good occasion to celebrate together; you have the whole life for being just one with other.
Designer: Divine Events Pty Ltd | Venue: Starship Sydney | Cake: Faye Cahill Cake | Photography: We Are Origami Photography | Jewelry: GS Diamonds | Dress: Pronovias | Florist: Trille Floral | Makeup Artist: Gemma Nichols | Hair Stylist: Gemma Nichols | Stationery: Deciduous Press
There is always something special about destination weddings. The feeling of something new is in the air and adventure around the corner awaits. The wedding of Meghna and Naveen had this special quality to it. A sense of fun mixed with timeless elegance. One of our favorite aspects of their wedding was their ceremony site. They opted for a modern take on a mandap where they had local flowers surrounding themselves as they said their I-Do’s.
Venue: Villa Aurelia | Bridal outfits: Maria Lucia Hohan and Sabyasachi | Grooms outfits: P Johnson Tailors and Manish Malhotra | Florist: Tuscany Flowers | Planner: Cherry on Top | Photography: Giuseppe Marano + Monica Leggio | Videographer: Alberto and Yago | Hair/Makeup: Sandhya Shekar | Catering: California Catering | DJ or Live Music: FRICKTION
Meghna and Naveen decided to make a destination wedding in Rome. They, together with their relatives and friends, flew from different parts of the world to enjoy some incredible days under the summer sun in Italy
Venue: Villa Aurelia | Bridal outfits: Maria Lucia Hohan and Sabyasachi | Grooms outfits: P Johnson Tailors and Manish Malhotra | Florist: Tuscany Flowers | Planner: Cherry on Top | Photography: Giuseppe Marano + Monica Leggio | Videographer: Alberto and Yago | Hair/Makeup: Sandhya Shekar | Catering: California Catering | DJ or Live Music: FRICKTION
Shiv and I got engaged while we were in Medical School, so our wedding timeline was pretty tight. Shiv’s cousin had a beautiful save the date video filmed in Varanasi in India, and we were lamenting the fact that we didn’t have more time to go to India together before the wedding to create something similar. While meeting with vendors, we crossed paths with a talented videographer, Eugene Bussey. We had never seen someone do a “Save the Date” video for a US-based desi wedding, but Eugene rose to the occasion! He agreed to meet us in Asheville no more than two weeks later at the Biltmore Estate, which is close by to where I attended medical school. We had a blast styling a royal style shoot against the backdrop of the Vanderbilts mansion, right as the sun was setting over the blue ridge mountains. We enjoyed wine tasting in the Biltmore’s winery and a nice dinner on the grounds at Cedric’s Tavern after the shoot, making for the perfect, romantic celebration of our engagement.
Malini and Neel held their wedding at the Meritage Resort and Spa where the team from Electric Karma helped them to plan the wedding of their dreams amongst the Napa Valley vineyards which was beautifully captured by photographer MP Singh Photography.
Ladies, has your fiance’ started looking for the groomsmen or father gifts yet? Or maybe you just want to get him something for being the best fiance’, EVER! If not, we have got the perfect solution for you. Walking through one of the biggest tradeshows in the wedding industry. We could not help but stop to check out these quality handmade and personalized gifts for the guys by North Wind Supply. Don’t hesitate to jump on the website, browse through all that Northwind Supply has to offer. We are sure he will find the perfect gift to say, Thanks for standing by my side on one of the most important life milestones.
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Tell us about your business name: We take pride in where we are from, we got our start in a building of the same name, and we consider ourselves strong female makers from “the North”.
Where are you located? Do you ship or have a storefront? We are based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and primarily sell our products online.
How did you get your start? We started our journey as Northwind Supply in 2017 when we were looking for a way to utilize remnant leather from a local manufacturer. We got creative to prevent unused materials from ending up in a landfill, starting with key chains and evolving into a wide variety of customizable products for any occasion.
How long have you been a professional? We have been working in this specific business for two years, but our professional experience reaches far beyond that. Everyone on our team is innately creative, curious and quality-driven. We take great pride in the products that we produce!
Describe your jewelry or accessories in three words: Quality. Handmade. Personalized.
What services do you provide? We create personalized leather goods for our customers; whether a key fob, leather table settings, or wedding invitations, no project is too big or too small.
How has social media changed your business? Social media has impacted our business in ways we couldn’t have imagined! We love communicating directly with our customers, receiving feedback and accommodating customizations for special events.
How do you provide education to your couple’s during the planning process? We are always open to making suggestions or recommendations for personalized products to fit our customer’s needs.
What makes you different? We take great pride in the products that we make and we believe that our quality, responsiveness, and dedication are what makes us stand apart.
Do you want to offer any advice to prospective clients when purchasing jewelry and accessories? We always recommend our customers personalize each product for their guests, especially if it’s for a special occasion like a wedding. We can also accommodate two personalizations, say a wedding date and the name of the person in the bridal party.
With Spring officially here, I decided to switch up some of my makeup and tried out a few new amazing products. I test everything out for at least a month before I make an opinion.
In fact, now that I am in my 40s, I have found that my skin has gone through some sudden changes. I was diagnosed with adult acne and have had to be VERY CAREFUL about what I put on my face. Therefore, I’m not one to be impulsive. Nor do I get paid or sponsored to give my reviews here. These are my honest reviews of products that I simply love.
Try out a few of the products below and let me know what you think! – written by KC Makeup
Nude Illusion Liquid Foundation
– Lotus extract helps to balance sebum production and improve the elasticity of skin.
– Medium to full buildable coverage.
– Enriched with niacinamide to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and even skintone.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge For Lips & Cheeks
– You get two products in one! Blend it on the apples of your cheeks for a just-pinched look, or blot it on your lips for a soft, stained finish.
– Comes in a mirrored flip-top compact for on-the-spot application
– ULTRA HYDRATING
– Sheer balm infused with micro-fine pearls and skincare benefits ideal for all skin types.
– I love the color Dulce, a sheer warm cocoa rose tone.
Charlotte Tilbury Bar of Gold Highlighter Palette
– ONE OF MY FAVORITE HIGHLIGHTER PALETTES
– The perfect powder highlighter, featuring three sublime shades of show-stopping gold.
– The light-reflecting high-tech ‘wet’ powder defines and pops the cheekbones.
Eyes of India Eyeshadow Palette
– Includes 10 gorgeously pigmented shades ranging from rich neutrals to bright pops of color.
– Perfect for adding a pop of color to your spring look!
– Goes on wet or dry.
Prashant and Allison wanted to pay homage to the groom’s Indian culture, bringing silks from India and an extra pop of colors amongst the lush green hills of Umbria.
Guests brought total harmony to the night, wearing traditional Indian garments.
Flower cascades, ribbons and colorful lanterns welcomed them as they entered the reception area.
The wedding weekend events began with a 300 person brightly colored welcome party that took place at the Ronald Reagan Building. Détails of this event included a custom dance floor and bars to match, food carts, traditional rickshaw for favors that included bangles and bindis and a famous singer from India who got the crowd on their feet until late into the evening. To make this special, some of the food dishes that were served by the venue were created by using family recipes. The wedding day began at 3:45am with the ladies getting hair and makeup. As guests arrived for the ceremony, they were greeted by a continental breakfast, chai tea, lemonade, and lassi. As the ceremony began, chilled watermelon and cold towels were passed to guests to help keep them comfortable that August morning. White parasols lined the back of the ceremony and were also available for the guests to use during their sunny August nuptials. The colors of the ceremony were green, white and gold which popped against the DC buildings surrounding the ceremony space. A raised white aisle led the bride, groom and their parents to their lush green and white mandap, where their ceremony would take place. Each of the gold chairs had personalized white and cream wedding programs guiding guests through their 2 hour ceremony. Check out our previous post to view their beautiful ceremony
That evening, after guests were treated to lunch, guests then joined the couple at the JW Marriott for cocktails, dinner and dancing. The colors from the ceremony were carried through the evening (gold, cream, green). Specialty linens were brought in from NYC. Large 8ftx16ft clear plexi walls were designed with each guests name and their seating assignments as a focal point for their cocktail hour. Guests were treated to a photo booth throughout the evening. As doors opened for dinner, guests were wowed by the candle glow of their reception room. Not only did the candles wow the guests but some of the other wow factors included a custom gold and white dance floor with a 32ft gold and white bar with a gold and white raised DJ booth in the center. They also had a 5ft custom cake and custom clear acrylic menu cards with hand accented gold leaf at each place setting. After friends and family gave their speeches, the dance floor opened and guests partied all night long.
Venue: Ronald Reagan Building, JW Marriott | Planner: <a href=”http://www.cgandcoevents.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Christine Godsey, CG & Co Events</a> | Photography: <a href=”http://annyphotography.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Anny Photography</a> | Florist: <a href=”http://www.elegant-affairs.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Elegant Affairs</a> | Videographer: <a href=”http://www.memorylanesproductions.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Memory Lanes Productions</a> | Hair/Makeup: <a href=”http://www.beautynthebride.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Beauty and the Bride</a> | DJ: <a href=”https://planetdjproductions.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Planet DJ Productions</a> | Band: <a href=”http://www.jeffreyiqbal.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Jeffrey Iqbal</a> | Desserts: <a href=”https://buttercreamdc.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Buttercream Bakeshop</a> | Henna Artist : Romas Henna Designs | Rentals: <a href=”https://nuagedesigns.com” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Nuage Designs</a> | <a href=”https://www.accenteventrentals.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Accent Event Rentals</a>
We love it when our readers reach out to us. Discovering hidden talent and being able to share them and their insights with you is why we created this blog. We recently met Meagan the lead MUA of Juna Beauty on a photoshoot. We fell in love with her dedication, her passion, and her drive to reach the top. If you are searching for the perfect makeup artist who is open to travel, diverse and open to suggestions. Then look no further. We have got the MUA for you.
Name or Company: Juna Beauty
Tell us about your business name: My good friend/fellow artist and I had been brainstorming name ideas for days. It was important to us to create a name that was simple, flowed with our style and had meaning behind it.
In Roman mythology Juno (Latin: Iūnō), is the goddess of marriage and childbirth. We decided to switch the “o” for an “a” to make it sound more feminine, added beauty and voilà, Juna Beauty was created.
Where are you located? Do you travel? I am based in San Diego but we travel all of Southern California/ the west coast for work. My team and I love to have a reason to travel; don’t threaten us with a good time. 😉
How long have you been a professional? I have been a full-time freelance makeup artist since the summer of 2010 but started makeup apprenticing in production early 2009.
How did you get your start? When I first moved to San Diego I was looking to start a new career. Luckily my family encouraged me to pursue doing a job I really loved and makeup was the first thought that came to mind. I had always loved playing with makeup growing up and thought it would be so fun to make other women feel beautiful and empowered. I started gaining experience in production apprenticing a pro Makeup/Hairstylist on set for various jobs and clients. I became obsessed and realized the true possibilities and opportunities being a makeup artist had to offer. I then researched every makeup school in CA, went on eight separate school tours and finally found the school I was looking for. I attended Empire Academy of Makeup one of the only schools that truly teaches the theory behind makeup to understand from a scientific perspective. I graduated in summer 2010 and started working production jobs and airbrush tanning while I worked on my portfolio. Nine years later, still going strong and extremely grateful to do what I do.
Describe your style in three words: Passionate, innovative, Focussed
What services do you provide? On a regular basis, I provide Makeup, Hair and airbrush tanning for weddings, commercial shoots, print work & special events for my clients. I also meet personal clients for makeup lessons which include (if desired) product recommendations, organization, a unique makeup/hairstyle based on your featured and wants.
How has social media changed your business? I love that it gives me an outlet to share my BTS and professional images of my work on weddings. I feel that it has helped women have a better understanding of my style on makeup for different women of all ages and ethnicities.
How do you provide education to your couple’s during the planning process? I typically only work with the bride and planner through the beauty process (although I have had grooms come to trials and it’s adorable to see their interest) Giving the best expectations of how the morning will go through the beauty process is key. The morning should be a stress-free fun environment and we do that by communicating and taking care of business prior to the wedding.
What makes you different? We pride ourselves in being able to create beauty looks that photograph beautifully AND look amazing in person. The main concern we hear is the fear of not looking like themselves on their wedding day. We believe it’s all about balance, even the most glam looks can have a sense of looking natural with the right application. It’s important to us for makeup to compliment and enhance without being overpowering.
Do you want to offer prospective clients any advice on hiring a professional? Do your research. You’ll want to find an artist that has proof of their work with both professional and behind the scenes images. This way you can get a sense of their style and interpretation of beauty. An amazing artist can create a look that is good in-person and in the photo.
My experience as a makeup artist includes:
National Print Campaigns for commercial, beauty and food retailer brands
Global Print campaigns for commercial and beauty and food retailer brands
National commercial campaigns for food retailers
Local commercials for commercial brands
Publication in local and national magazines for bridal and commercial brands.
Beauty Editor of local fashion magazine 2011-2014
Spokesperson and Consultant for airbrush makeup and tanning brand 2012-2014