I'm back once again after a 3 month hiatus. I know, I know, "Trisha! You always do this!" As consistent as I wanted to be, it just wasn't possible with all of the chaos and stress surrounding the wedding and my move to California.
If you follow me on social media, you already know my now husband, Gagan and I tied the knot on May 13th, 2017. Being the first wedding in many years in both of our families, let's just say this wedding was a big deal for us as well as all of our relatives. The pressure was ON.
All of the planning basically started the week after our takha/roka in April of 2016. If you haven't yet, check out my previous blog posts where I've written all about the event! Gagan and I decided early on that although we both know a crazy amount of people, we wanted to limit our guest list to those who we interacted with often rather than inviting everyone we know. Gagan and I truly believed that it only made sense to invite those who have been there for us and our families.
The decision to plan all of the festivities in California was a no brainer. With all of the family members Gagan has in California it only made sense. Plus, most of my family would have to fly out for the wedding anyways, so why not have them fly out to one of the most beautiful places in the country?
In terms of the actual wedding planning and deciding what we wanted for our big day, the first step was determining what aspect of the whole wedding was most important to each of us. We decided very early on that we wanted to keep the wedding simple. It's very easy to go overboard with wedding planning and lose sight of what's really happening. At the end of the day, we were getting ready to celebrate our love and the start to our lives together and that was the most important factor above everything else. Simple wedding= less stress. Every wedding has it's fair share of stress, but as tempting as one of those picture perfect Instagram weddings was, we knew it just wasn't for us. Gagan has never been one to show off and I've always believed that concentrating on a few key aspects of an event is better than having too much going on. Gagan knew lighting and sound were the most important to him (since he is a dholi and a DJ of course), and I've always been a fan of simple but elegant decorations.
To start off the festivities, I had a sangeet back home in New Jersey for all of the family and friends who wouldn't be able to make it to California. I didn't expect it to get as crazy as it did, but that was the first time I had seen my family party that hard! Dj Amit K from Absolute Rhythm Ent. did a great job keeping all of our guests dancing until 3am. I can't thank the Kapoor family enough for everything they did to help us with the event. From Raj Uncle and Madhu didi helping us with the setup, organization and taking pictures, to Amit with the music and lighting, and Gulzari Uncle with getting the party going with the dholki, their whole family literally MADE my first wedding event and I couldn't have asked for a better way to kick off the wedding festivities. It was a much needed last memory in the house I would be soon moving out of.
Well, that's all for now, but there's a lot more where that came from! Stay tuned to read about my move and the rest of our wedding events! I promise, this time I won't take 3 months to write a blog post :P