Anchal and Cheerag

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How We Met

Our story began at a South Asian Dance Competition party that is usually held annually. I was in charge of hosting the event and Cheerag did not have any plans to attend. It was Cheerag’s friend’s birthday and he wanted to attend the event as fate would have it, I was in charge of checking the IDs in order to get into the event. I had heard of Cheerag through mutual friends but had never met him prior to that weekend.

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After that weekend, we didn’t really connect for quite some time, but as fate would have it, we reconnected at my Best Friend’s birthday. We kept in touch, but then shortly after, Cheerag moved to New York to continue his studies. At the time, I was applying for a Master’s Program and did not apply to any in the City, thinking that I would be disappointed. Cheerag encouraged me to apply, and shortly after, I had been accepted into my dream program in the City! I was very excited about my new adventure in the City and we fell in love while exploring it together!

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How They Asked

Being from California, one of my favorite cities is San Diego. Work had been very stressful and Cheerag wanted to plan a special weekend for me to decompress. I did not know of the plans for the weekend, and Cheerag wanted to make the weekend memorable.

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Not knowing what he had planned for the weekend, he had hinted at what to pack for the weekend and kept it very general. Cheerag had set up a night for us to see Hamilton, a night where we did a cooking class, and we also went kayaking!

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Prior to our staycation in San Diego, I had a friend tell me that she was going to be in town for the weekend to take her fiancé out for his birthday. She had mentioned that she wanted to meet up on Sunday for a fun brunch. I had decided to pack a dress for the brunch, and little did I know, I was actually going to be led to a rooftop!

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Cheerag had set up an incredible proposal with my friends, our families, and even a violinist that played our song when we walked in! (I Like Me Better-Lauv) The whole weekend felt like a dream!

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