Real Weddings

April 15, 2015

Sheena + Sagar // Indian Wedding Extravaganza

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Sagar is a wise man! He began courting Sheena, and for a good fair stretch of time, before Sheena even knew about it.

He was one year ahead of Sheena in dentistry school at NYU. They ran into each other frequently but were just friendly acquaintances. Toward the end of that year while both working the admissions clinic, Sagar gave Sheena patients, patients he himself needed to graduate. Ahh! That was a sweet move!

Fast forward a year. Sagar had graduated and Sheena was in her fourth and final year. They met for dinner to catch up with each other. Sheena was distressed that Sagar insisted on picking up the check. She was a professional woman and had just as much right to pay the bill as he did. Unless, that is, Sagar considered this their first date and Sheena was completely unaware. That’s kind of how it was.

While Sagar’s dental residency was in New York, Sheena’s was in Chicago. They knew they wanted to pursue a relationship and had to start out with a Chicago to New York commute. That wasn’t nearly good enough. Only five months later Sagar picked up and moved to Chicago.

They are both very close to their families. As Sheena’s residency came to a close, they wanted to visit both of their families. Her’s was in Los Altos, California, and his was in Nashville, Tennessee. More flying! They began to plan a visit to her family in California. But there was a fair bit of trouble gathering the family together. Her parents had guests and they planned to be in Yosemite. Sheena’s sister, Malee, planned on traveling to India.

A plan came together to hire a boat for a tour on Lake Michigan. Sagar pretended that he was unhappy about it. They brought along a photographer. Just as some cheesy photos à la Titanic were being taken, Sagar began talking about their wonderful journey together and how much he loved her. Sheena thought to herself, He should save these words for his proposal! Before she knew it he was down on one knee.

They wanted to share happy surprise this with their families, the families who “weren’t available” that weekend. One by one, family members appeared from below decks. It had taken quite a few detours to hide them away but it was worth every bit of trouble, creating an unforgettable proposal for Sheena and Sagar.

And on we go to the wedding. If you like three-day family celebrations, religious ritual as well as just plain fun, have a lot of stamina, and appreciate a grand spectacle, an Indian wedding is in order.

For Sheena’s Mehndi–decorating hands and feet with ornate designs in henna–her parents transformed the foyer of their beautiful home into a dreamy spot fit for a princess. Friends and family got to visit and share in this part of the celebration.

While neither of Sheena nor Sagar are Sikh, the Sindhi people follow Guru Nanak.Sheena’s parents were married in a Gurdwara in India. They chose to have their ceremony at the San Jose Sikh Gurdwara, which is located on the top of a hill and has an amazing view of the Bay Area. On the day of their ceremony they had spectacular weather, nearly 80 degrees warmer than it was in “Chiberia,” also known as Chicago, that day.

Sagar’s Baraat, his entrance procession on a white mare, was extremely fun and unique too. His friends planned it perfectly and made it a charasmatic and one-of-a-kind event. Even the bride’s side joined in on the fun!

After their beautiful ceremony at the Gurdwara in San Jose, the Sangeet–the after party–moved to The San Mateo Marriott. Their beautiful sisters emceed the perfect night of entertainment, raas, decorated food, dessert, and drinks!

And the wedding still wasn’t over! The reception moved across the Bay to Danville at the Blackhawk Auto Museum. Keeping with the theme of the tremendous amount of flying they had undertaken in their relationship, they danced to Michael Bublé’s, “Come Fly With Me.”

Sheena and Sagar are extremely grateful for all of their friends and family, many of whom flew in for their celebration, and all of the wonderful professionals who made their wedding a celebration to remember.

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