How We Met
We live in Chevy Chase MD and were raised in Montgomery County. We have actually been in similar friend circles since high school! We even attended the same college, UMBC, but never connected. It was not until Covid and the summer of 2020 that we met and fell in love. In the two years, we have been together, we have survived through so many traumatic events. I lost my father last year after a long battle with cancer and pulmonary fibrosis and Nakul was by my family’s side every step of the way.
From picking up groceries for my step-mom to sitting by my father’s side for hours on end, just to give him some company. Taking this all on only one year into our relationship. In the past year, we also lost both his grandfathers and both my grandparents. The amount of sadness and grief our families have faced has been tremendous, and we’ve both been there for eachother through it all. Our relationship despite all of it grew stronger than ever.
How They Asked
We are both Hindu-American-Indians and deeply connected to our roots. So we knew from the start that a typical proposal was not going to be how we got engaged. I really wanted to do the traditional Gujarati Gor-Dhana ceremony, which translates to “jaggery and coriander seeds.” This long-preformed ceremony involved the bride, groom, and their loved ones feeding eachother sweets of Gud and Dhan to signify a promise and commitment through all life’s sweet and savory moments. Nakul and I had already been through so much of that in our time together, that nothing seemed more perfect.
To pay homage to my father’s love for travel, we decided to jet-set to San Juan and performed a modernized Gor-Dhana at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, complete with handwritten letters, cake, and champagne. We also did an “East meets West” engagement shoot there with the beautiful old San Juan architecture and some traditional Indian outfits and jewelry. I have shared some of our vendors and our gallery below for your consideration and I would love to answer any questions you might have.