Ruchi and Abhi’s beautiful and colorful wedding at The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa overlooking Mission Bay is one of our favorites! Rich with tradition, this Hindu American wedding brought life, love, and gorgeous jewel tones of brilliant hot pink, glittery gold, rich saffron, navy, red and more, to one of San Diego’s most iconic settings, and brought everyone’s family together for an amazingly great time truly fit for royalty! We especially love the artful Mehndi work on the bride’s hands! …read more below….
How we began. Our story started with an intercontinental connection! We have our moms to thank for bringing us together...a little exchange of a phone number here and a picture there and we were off and running! story continued below gallery…
Facetime is our friend. We got to know each other mostly through many Facetime calls thanks to our long-distance status, but on the bright side, those calls produced lots of screenshots of one another looking goofy or falling asleep (*ahem* Abhi).
Eventually, we met in-person in the Bay Area...and later in the motherland (India, of course)...and shortly thereafter, talk started to turn toward something more...our future. Conversations often touched on a ring and when to get engaged...though we didn't always explicitly discuss the "when," we both knew about when it was coming since we only got to meet so often...
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The Art of Bridal Mehndi
Mehndi is an ancient form of body art that has been practiced in India for thousands of years. Mehndi is the art of applying designs to the skin through the application of pastes made with henna powder on different parts of the body. Mehndi started in the Middle East and Northern Africa over 5,000 years ago and has been used for artistic, ritual and ceremonial use. Archeologists have even found mummies with hennaed hands.In the different cultures where the practice of Mehndi flourished, different styles and patterns, like the rays of the sun or intricate patterns, developed, like the fine lines of designs of Pakistan and India and the geometric patterns and designs of Morocco, or the bold geometric shapes from various parts of Africa. This ancient art form celebrates a bride’s wedding day and special religious festivals.
the bride and groom’s story continued…. "No, not yet" (aka The Engagement - as told by Ruchi). We met one weekend in Chicago thanks to my work trip. Abhi never explicitly told me that this was the weekend, but I had a feeling this was it! I was anxious and doing my best to make sure the engagement would be a surprise as much as possible...I didn't want anyone to say anything to me about it and I didn't want to somehow hear any details about it...but our very excited families made that a bit difficult. ;0) No, peeps--not yet...it hasn't happened yet!! Next to the engagement, the best part about the weekend was that our families seemed to get us engaged before we did!
But it was all worth the wait. We both got jazzed up and Abhi drove us to a lovely little Greek restaurant for dinner. We took pictures together, and then I assumed we would head back to the hotel. But instead, Abhi drove us to the Bean in Millennium Park. It was late, it started to rain just as he parked the car, but he had a plan and he was going to execute it! He led me by the hand to stand under the Bean. But yeah--that rain--no one wanted to get wet, so anyone near the Bean moved under the Bean. So much for privacy! I could tell Abhi was stalling a little...I think he wanted a chance to get away from all those people...so when the rain stopped, he pulled me a few feet away from the Bean...he pulled out a white tissue and unwrapped this beautiful ring...he slipped it on my finger, and with that cute little shy smile he has that I love so much, he asked me to marry him. :0) We took more selfies to commemorate the evening, and after getting soaked in a downpour, we eventually ended up in the car. This time it was our turn to call the family!