Just a couple weeks ago, Aamir and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary, and we couldn't help but reminisce about our wedding week and the beautiful memories we shared with our closest family and friends. Our first year of marriage has been an exciting time, and we both know this is only just the beginning. Over the last year, we have fondly remembered our wedding and the entire wedding planning process. Even though there were some stressful times and there was a lot of thought and effort put into every detail, overall, we couldn't have asked for a more smooth journey. Every time we think about this, we realize that in addition to the long hours both our families put in to our wedding, it all came down to the amazing team of vendors that we had working together as a team to bring our wedding dreams and visions to life. 

Knowing my vendors and seeing their work beforehand gave me a lot of comfort during the entire planning process and wedding week. Because of my work in the South Asian wedding industry, I knew where to go from the minute I got engaged. But most brides are not that lucky, and many struggle to secure reputable and trusted vendors for their big day. From both my professional and personal experience, I highly recommend newly engaged brides and couples to attend bridal shows and expos! These shows are a great way to spend an afternoon getting inspiration and information about the latest trends, meeting vendors and seeing their work first hand, and maybe doing a little pre-wedding shopping! Many of the vendors from our wedding as well as lots of others from SoCal will be at the Wedding Show by South Asian Bride Magazine this Sunday, January 15th in Irvine! If you are recently engaged or a future bride-to-be, it is definitely worth checking out!

Lishma Patel of Beauty by Lishma worked her magic on me every single day of our wedding. She is a beauty goddess! She did everything from my hair and makeup, to mehndi (henna) and draping (for both me and Aamir!)

Our Wedding and Reception decor was the amazing work of Shawna and her team from Shawna Yamamoto Event Design. She is a true artist and went above and beyond for our events. 

Our day-of stationery was the work of Poorvi Patel Matani from Invite Ink; It was the perfect way to tie every detail together.

The lighting and sound for all our events was executed flawlessly by Amit Kotecha and his team at 3D Sounds

Me and Aamir with Ajita- our amazing coordinator, friend, and saving grace who handled our events with such poise and professionalism. Our wedding wouldn't have been the same without her! 

The amazing team from Lin & Jirsa Photography captured our wedding memories beautifully! (left)

We were incredibly lucky to have a solid vendor team we knew we could trust to make our wedding perfect. Since I worked as an event coordinator with Ajita Chopra of Ajita Chopra Events during college, I had the opportunity to see some of the best vendors in the Southern California area in action. Additionally, through the many events we worked on together, I was able to build long-lasting professional and personal relationships with them. But through the four years I worked with Ajita, I never imagined that I would one day be the bride on the other side, entrusting the most important day of life to the vendors I was accustomed to help coordinate!

Thinking about our wedding is bringing back so many happy memories. I think every couple deserves to have a stress-free and memorable wedding experience, and it starts with working with the right vendors. Let me know if you are able to check out the Bridal Show by South Asian Bride Magazine this weekend!