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Maharani Weddings

Maharani Weddings is a blog made just for South Asian brides.  They have featured weddings, inspiration boards, advice, bride bloggers & preferred South Asian vendors.  We are honored to have several of our past South Asian weddings featured on this unique website and you can check them all out below:

Sejal & Arjun Makam
Anaheim Marriott-Anaheim, CA
Stylish Indian Wedding Portraits by Harvard Photography, Anaheim, California
Indian Bridal Hair Inspiration by Harvard Photography
Majestic Indian Wedding Ceremony by Harvard Photography, Anaheim, California
Contemporary Indian Wedding Reception by Harvard Photography, Anaheim, California

Fazila & Ayub Mohammad
Fairmont Hotel – San Jose, CA
Pakistani Muslim Wedding

Anjani & Saurab Bhargava – July 24, 2010
Rancho Sol Del Pacifico – Malibu, CA
2010’s most enthralling Indian Hindu wedding with nature-inspired elements, personalized details, and multiple grand events

Ami & Paul Ibarra – August 7, 2010
Trentadue Winery – Geyserville, CA
Gujarati-Mexican Fusion Hindu Wedding

>Simoina & David Vasen – July 2-4, 2010
Their entire wedding weekend was filler with so much raw emotion, joy, beauty, and love.
Hyatt Regency – Irvine, CA
Sikh Center of Orange County – Santa Ana, CA
Ritz-Carlton – Dana Point, CA
Sikh and Jewish Wedding Celebrations

>Deepa & Kiran Ghodgoankar – April 11, 2010
Hyatt Regency – Valencia, CA
Sri Lankan Hindu Wedding

Zahra & Davi Barker – January 30, 2010
Freedom Hall & Gardens – Santa Clara, CA
Fusion Muslim Wedding

>Poorva & Rajus Korde – August 29, 2009
Hilton Hotel – Irvine, CA & Fairmont Hotel, Newport Beach, CA
South Indian Hindu Wedding

Jinal & Rikin Patel – June 26, 2009
Marriott – Woodland Hills, CA
Gujarati Hindu Wedding

California Wedding Wave is one of the nation’s largest online wedding planning, online blogging, and social surfing site!  It is an online resource created by the nation’s most prestigious bridal magazine, Ceremony Magazine (seen below).  One of Planning Elegance’s beautiful weddings was featured on California Wedding Wave.  This vivacious nature themed wedding was also featured in the 2011 Orange County edition of Ceremony Magazine.  Anjani and Saurab Bhargava had their amazing wedding in Malibu, CA.  Check out their article here

Four of Planning Elegance’s unique weddings were featured in the LA Times “Together” Supplement.

In November, 2011, Priya & Krishan’s beautiful Hindu & Buddhist wedding took place at the Marina del Rey Marriott.  They’re unique fusion wedding was chosen to be featured because of their Indian, Sri Lankan, and American traditions.  From the article: “‘Both of us put our hearts and souls into our wedding,’ said Joshi. Working with Planning Elegance, South Asian event specialists in Orange County, they brought their dream to life.”

In June 2011, Sana & Mujtaba’s amazing Muslim wedding held at Vibiana in Los Angeles, CA was chosen to be featured because of their unique story and their beautiful wedding location. From the article:  ”Their June 12 wedding, created with the help of Planning Elegance in Orange County, was a graceful fusion of modern and traditional.”

In May 2011, Shaily & Vishel’s amazing Jain wedding held at Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, CA was featured because of the amazing Baraat and the bride’s modern touches integrated into tradition.  From the article: To create this traditional extravaganza, the couple relied on Planning Elegance in Orange County, experts in South Asian weddings. “They were amazing,” said Savla. “The whole experience was unforgettable.”

In December 2010, Ami and Todd’s wedding at the beautiful St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, CA was chosen because of it’s unique fusion wedding ideas and the bride’s attention to detail.  From the article: “Wuschnig, who grew up Catholic, knew nothing about Indian weddings. And his future wife knew little more. So they turned to Planning Elegance in Orange County, experts in South Asian weddings, who helped them create a meaningful event for 215 guests that fused the customs of both cultures.”

More local articles can be viewed on the LA Times website, feel free to contact Planning Elegance to see more pictures and get ideas from these featured weddings!

Ceremony Magazine

Ceremony Magazine has published three of our fantastic weddings!  Two weddings in the 2011 Orange County release include our ultra-themed Love is Sweet wedding and our blogger bride’s breath-taking Malibu wedding.  In the 2010 Orange County Issue is our famous helicopter video Terrenea wedding.  Check out the colors, creativity and unique aspects that all have to inspire so many brides!  Many brides dream of being featured in the prestigious Ceremony Magazine – keep up to date with our In The News Page to see which Planning Elegance wedding gets featured in 2012’s Ceremony Magazine!

Bandhan South Asian Wedding Guide

Planning Elegance is one of the top recommended wedding coordinators in Bandhan, Southern California’s Premiere South Asian Wedding Guide.  Out of the limited featured South Asian weddings in this magazine, Planning Elegance has 2 exclusive weddings featured.

Rustic Red Studio

Rustic Red Studio strives to always maintain their creative edge, while not missing a moment of the event day. They take pleasure in bringing a raw, intimate view of the event that can be relived forever. This definitely proves to be true in Ami & Todd’s Fusion Hindu Christian Wedding highlight video!

Geoff White Photography

An amazing photography company in the Bay Area is Geoff White Photography.  They have a fresh and unique take on wedding photography, blending the traditional tried and true tactics with the best elements of a contemporary photojournalistic style.  Planning Elegance had the opportunity to work with them on a multi-event Pakistani wedding in and they have featured it on their amazing blog!

Impressive Creations

Impressive Creations has swept Southern California with all their talent – we had the pleasure of coordinating Impressive Creation’s first Indian wedding with them at the beautiful Terrenea Resort.  Most of your have probably seen the famous Ricky & Sonal’s Sam Day Edit Video, now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…their full length wedding feature film is ready!  Impressive Creations specializes in feature films for clients who are looking for something different and more entertaining than a typical wedding video.


Over the 8 years of their existence, Imagique (formerly dvArtistry) has had the distinct priviledge of being a part of hundreds of weddings and have established themselves as one of the premiere wedding vendors in the country. They have documented weddings all over the United States, as well as on three different continents. Planning Elegance had the pleasure of working with the Imagique team for Simoina & Dave’s emotional & beautiful fusion wedding weekend.

South Asian Bride Magazine

AAcreation Photography submitted Jasmeen & Simon’s wedding to South Asian Bride Magazine and it was chosen to be featured on their website! We worked with Jasmeen & Simon from beginning to end including venue selections, vendor recommendations & contract negotiations, itineraries, assisting with a decor vision, venue layouts, and having a team of 5 of us there throughout the ENTIRE wedding day.

Matthew May Photography
One of our favorite fusion weddings (Gujarati Hindu & Mexican) was featured on Matthew May Photography’s blog. We had the immense pleasure of working with these amazing photographers for this unforgettable events. The bride & groom truly made this THEIR own wedding with different aspects from both cultures.

Lucero Photography
Described as Fine Art by many peers & clients, Jeremy Lucero’s imagery has been featured in some of the nation’s most popular wedding publications. He takes on the role as an observer of emotion, beauty and exuberance resulting in secured wedding moments that are invaluable. Planning Elegance had the pleasure of working with Lucero Photography on Ali & Erik’s epic wedding!  This was the wedding that everyone was talking about details, details, details!

India Journal

Our owner, Amy Patel, has been approved & interviewed by the prestigious Indian Journal newspaper.  The many e-mails and phone call have been pouring in since this article has been released…read what all the fuss is about and how to save $2000 during your wedding planning process.

I Do Around the World

I Do Around the World is a fun blog that you can learn about different cultural wedding traditions from.  It’s a great place to find ideas and trends that you can incorporate for your wedding – it’s strongly recommended for fusion weddings to find different traditions that you can incorporate into your special wedding.

Pink Sutra is the only website out there that can walk you through the steps of planning your South Asian wedding.  This planner leads you through the entire wedding process from your early Poojas to your Vidaai or Rukasathi. It contains a vast amount of knowledge, experience, tips, budget calculators, timeline calendars, worksheets, questions to ask your vendors and sample contracts.This wedding planner is a central organizer. It will store receipts, file brochures, hold business cards and most importantly it is a planner geared for a South Asian Wedding.

AAcreation Photography

Our 2009 Team Photo Shoot took place at the beautiful Montage in Laguna Beach, CA.  AAcreation had so much fun snapping the pictures, that they shared some of their favorite images on their blog.  Our team had a great time and enjoyed the cool breeze and soft sand between our toes!


Commitment interviewed Amy Patel, owner of Planning Elegance, on how to create a fun, memorable, and lasting wedding.  Read up on her top 5 mistakes brides make and ideas for your guests to reminiscence about your wedding for years to come!


Jeff Kear, the owner of, approached us inquiring for a guest blogger article from us for his blog, Groomasaurus.  Everyone knows that we pride ourselves in educating our brides – so of course we had to take a stab at educating our grooms!

An Indian Wedding – One Moment at a Time

A pair of our wonderful clients – Anjani & Saurab – have a well known blog that can teach Indian brides about the steps, stress, and status of planning an Indian wedding.  They have featured an article on how and why they chose Planning Elegance for coordinate their extravagant affair.

Polynesian Paradise

We have worked with Polynesian Paradise at wedding receptions and they never fail to exceed our expectations!  They are consistently entertaining, fun, energetic and professional – a great addition to your wedding reception to entertain your guests!  They have featured us in their August 2009 newsletter.

The Sari-Clad Bride

Our owner and head wedding coordinator, Amy Patel, was interviewed by The Sari-Clad Bride.  Check out her responses to common questions brides ask and get some more advice on planning a South Asian wedding.