GSS Featured Vendor :: Rabbit Stop :: Handmade Men’s Neckties

It’s not new news that many Brides & Grooms are opting for suits instead of tuxes.  Opting for suits instead of tuxes, it allows the bride & groom a little more freedom to show off their personal style.  However, brides, we know how hard it can be to coordinate your wedding’s colors and find that necktie to match your Pomegranate bridesmaids dresses.  With that said, we would love to introduce you to a lil’ shop on Etsy named Rabbit Stop.  (We are so in LOVE with these Etsy shops!)  Rabbit Stop has every color and almost every design imaginable!  They offer handmade neck ties, scarves, and custom labeling.  And they are VERY affordable!  Most neck ties on their web shop are only $17.95!  WOW!  Who knew you could get a handmade neck tie for such a great price!!!  Stop by their store (by clicking here) and show them some love!

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Viewers Choice for Favorite Wedding Post of 2011 :: Akata & Avaneesh’s Lavish Indian Wedding

The results are in. You, our readers, have spoken. Akata and Aveneesh’s Lavish Indian Wedding was your favorite. In honor of the winner, we want to recognize them by posting an encore of this wedding. Couples gain a ton of inspiration from real weddings and we are so happy to share these with all of you! All of the finalist’s posts were incredible and thank you all for voting!

This featured wedding comes from Ben Sassani of Sassani Photography. He is a Houston, Texas based wedding photographer. Ben has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature. Thank you! We also want to give a shout out to the AH-Mazing Amber Strickler of Zasey Photography for second shooting on this gorgeous wedding!

Akata and Avaneesh were married at The Hilton Post Oak in Houston, Texas on May 28, 2011. Akata and Avanessh were kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

What sold you on your wedding venue? We needed a place that could fit 600 people, a nice location, and guest accomodations. We found it at the Hilton Post Oak in Houston, TX!

How long have you been together? A little over 2 years.



 How did Avaneesh propose? Avaneesh surprised me with a trip to Nassau, Bahamas. He rented a private boat and had the captain take us to the uninhabited Rose Island (named for the color of its sand-pink, aka my favorite color!). As the sun was setting, he got down on one knee and proposed!



What was your favorite part of your big day?

Akata: At the end of the reception, when I finally danced with Avaneesh, as my husband, to a song that describes everything he is to me. “The Truth” by India.Arie.

Avaneesh: Akata’s wedding entrance. In traditional Indian wedding custom, the groom is shielded (by way of holding a drape in front of him) from watching the bride’s entrance to the mandap where he is waiting. This is done so that everyone except the groom can watch her graceful entrance while he sits in anticipation (yes, it’s very mean). So while this was happening, my sister (who was holding the drape) was giving me a play-by-play so that I could have some idea of what was going on. Then all of a sudden my sister gasps and says “she’s crying, it’s so cute!” and then starts crying herself. Then I hear of a chorus of guests break out into sniffles as they join Akata in her tears of joy. I almost started crying as I was overwhelmed with joy myself…but luckily I was able to hold it back and saved myself from being laughed at by my groomsmen! I understood where Akata was coming from at that moment as I too had been waiting more than two years from the day I fell in love with her for this very day and it was finally here.



Akata, what was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  Because I had so many events for my wedding, I spread them out throughout the 3 days. My something old was a necklace my grandmother left me; I wore it to my first event, the Mehndi. For my something new, I had all my new outfits from India. My something borrowed was the necklace my grandmother gave to my mother to wear at her wedding. I wore the same necklace for my wedding. My something blue was Avaneesh! His outfit for our reception was an elegant blue Indian outfit.



 Akata, your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? Well we were having a traditional Indian wedding with all the pre-wedding events and the wedding and reception. I needed to buy 5 Indian outfits. My family and I traveled to India for 2 weeks and purchase all of my outfits in Mumbai. I knew my wedding outfit was the “one” because when I saw it, I immediately pictured myself walking down the aisle in it. I hadn’t felt that way about any other outfit I had seen.















 What song did you dance to for your first dance? Our first dance was to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Calliat

 How did you choose your wedding color palette? Many traditional Indian weddings have gold, white and maroon or red as wedding colors so that was the easy part. For our reception, I wanted colors that represented Avaneesh and I. I love the color plum pink! I had always imagined that plum pink and snow white would somehow be incorporated into my reception colors. When Avaneesh and I went to India to do our wedding shopping, we both found the perfect reception outfits–mine was a dark plum pink and his was a royal blue. So, our color palette included different hues of pink and blue with snow white and silver accents to give an icy white look.




 Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Plan ahead!  Regardless of how much time you have (or don’t have), it’s important to move quickly on the decisions you have made and make a timely, sound decisions on those you haven’t.  In a city the size of Houston, there are hundreds (possibly thousands) of weddings year-round, so if you have a particular venue, photographer, make-up artist, etc. in-mind, then book them quickly because if you wait too long, you’re most likely going to be searching for the next-best option.  Also, most vendors require non-refundable deposits, so make sure you are completely sold on the vendor before signing any contract or paying any deposit because that money is not coming back.  I feel that some couples make decisions too quickly without having done the proper research and end up regretting it.  Some even take the loss (which can be in the thousands) and sign with another vendor they liked better.  Take your time in making decisions but make sure they are YOUR decisions.  It is okay to include family members and/or friends in the process but keep in mind that this is your wedding and you make the decisions!  Also, be as organized as possible.  We used Google applications (email, calendar, documents) to stay organized and to collaborate with our family members who were helping us.  If you have a large family, use them :)   Assign roles and responsibilities early on so everyone knows what’s expected of them on the Big Day.



Venue: Hilton Post Oak in Houston, TX

Dress: Bawree in Santacruz, Mumbai, India

Cake: We opted out of a cake and used that money to make our wedding even more special to us.

Floral: I ordered them from Sam’s Club and my sisters and cousins made my and my bridesmaids bouquets.

Linens: Mandap Creations for ALL of our decorations

Catering: Bombay Brasserie

DJ/Band: DJ Yogi Goyal

Videographer: A&A Video

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: I bought them from a small invitation shop in Mumbai. I cannot remember the name!

Event Planner: Avaneesh and I were the only planners for our wedding. He was amazing throughout the process!

Thank you so much, Ben, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love! And thank you, Akata & Avaneesh, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you both a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at We HEART submissions!


Favorite Wedding Post from 2011

  • Akata & Avaneesh’s Lavish Indian Wedding (49%, 660 Votes)
  • Madelyn & Justin’s Romantic Vintage Modern Inspired Anniversary Session (33%, 451 Votes)
  • Tamara & Mike’s Dallas Wedding (9%, 117 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,347

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week, we brought you a fun trend for a wedding DIY project, a gorgeous black, white and red inspiration board and some lovely day after wedding portraits. We even had a giveaway…..The winner will be announced on our Facebook Page in just a few minutes, so stay tuned!!

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: DIY Paint Chip Wedding Details!

If you have the time, patience and creativity-  Doing DIY projects can save money and add those sweet personal touches  to your wedding.  We found these brilliant paint chip details over at My Hands Made It.  These were used for a housewarming party, but can definitely be altered to fit a wedding, a shower or any other celebratory gathering for that matter!  Just head down to your local Home Depot, Lowe’s or a paint store like Sherwin Williams and pick up some paint chips to match your wedding color palette.  Then follow along with the tutorials linked below: DIY Paint Chip Invitations (We think these would make a perfect Save the Date!): Click here for the [read more]


GSS Featured Session :: Underwater Trash the Dress Session :: Amy Karp Photography

You’re in for a treat today!!!   Today’s fabulous featured session comes from our very own Amy Karp!!!  I’ve been hounding Amy for a while now to let me feature these amazing Day After/Trash the Dress underwater images- And she FINALLY gave in!  YAY! Amy Karp Photography is a Dallas, Texas based wedding photographer.  One of the sweet subjects from these images, Vanja (the bride in the first [read more]


GSS Giveaway :: Cahoots Handbag!!

Our post is a little later than we usually post, but believe us….its totally worth it!! We are so excited to partner with Cahoots Handbags and offer you this awesome clutch as a giveaway! Yep….you read that right! A giveaway. How would you like to have this gorgeous custom clutch all to yourself?? All you need to do is head on over to our Facebook Fan Page and tell us the most obscure or random item you have ever found in your [read more]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Red, Black & White :: Argyle!

We love how classy and sophisticated a classic Black and White wedding can be.  But why not add just a small pop of Red and maybe even throw in a little Argyle theme?  That would make your Black and White color palette so fun and little sassy!  LOVE LOVE LOVE this board!  If you have a theme or color combination you’d like to see featured on Groom Sold Separately, send it to us at! [read more]

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PANTONE WEDDING™ :: 194 Color Choices for Your Wedding!

Do you have your wedding colors perfectly picked out but finding it hard to match your bridesmaid dresses dye swatches with your linens?  Pantone to the rescue!  Pantone is the world-renowned authority on color.  In fact, Pantone has been inspiring design professionals with products, services and leading technology for the colorful exploration and expression of creativity for more than 45 years.  Back in January, we revealed to you that Pantone had chosen Turquoise as the color of the year in our 2010 Top Wedding Trends postPantone is once again trying to make our lives easier when it comes to wedding planning by joining with The Dessy Group to make a the  PANTONE WEDDING™ color guide.  Coordinating your wedding colors  with wedding vendors, such as florists, caterers, and stationers has never been easier!  The PANTONE WEDDING™ color guide includes all of the 194 colors for Spring 2010 and is available exclusively from The Dessy Group.  The PANTONE WEDDING™ color guide is available for $35 at  And once you’ve decided on hues, you can order individual paper swatches for $10 each to ship to vendors, ensuring a perfectly color-coordinated wedding!

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