Aloha, Maharanis! It's a bright and shining Tuesday and the Maui waves are crashing against the shore as our tropical lovebirds cozy up for some adorable portraits! I am absolutely loving this dreamy Hawaiian backdrop with palm trees swaying in the breeze and a brilliant sunset taking over the sky. It's a romantic paradise! Mira Savara Events knows how to design a soiree to be entirely unforgettable and this engagement sesh with Graham Chappell Photography is no exception. Whether they're at the ocean or the pool, Maharani Shilpa and Raja Kabir are as lovely as can be and I think I need to slip on some sandals and head to the soft sands of Wailea myself! If you want more beach beauty, check out the gallery!

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From the groom, Kabir: "I was a surgical resident at Loyola University Medical Center from 2006 to 2010. Shilpa is a nurse on the pediatric floor at the same hospital. I used to see her every so often but did not have the courage to speak with her because I was intimidated. I did not want to be the creepy resident doctor who hits on pretty nurses. She was the most beautiful girl I’ve seen; I couldn’t muster the courage to say more than three or four words to her. She was my 'dream weaver' from Wayne’s World. That song always played in my head when I saw her.

A couple of months after I graduated, I returned to Chicago to write my Canadian Board exams. After a long day of exams, I ventured out to a local lounge called Hub51 in downtown Chicago. Shilpa was there and I was ecstatic to see her. There we chatted and Shilpa learned that I lived in the city of Saskatoon. She had thought that was a goofy name.
I then got her number only because we were going to meet up later to hang out with a bunch of friends. After that night, we texted each other intermittently because she was dating someone else. Many months passed and we lost touch.

One day, about eight months later, Shilpa was at home laying on the couch watching the evening news and during the sports segment they announced that the Chicago Blackhawks were playing the Edmonton Oilers in an exhibition game in Saskatoon, Canada (my home town). Out of the blue, Shilpa texted me to ask if I was attending the game. After that, I had told Shilpa I was coming to Chicago for some “work” and asked her if she wanted to grab a drink. We ended up going to dinner and drinks. From then, we continued a steady contact with me making excuses to visit Chicago just to spend time with her. From that point, our relationship flourished and continues to do so. (We owe it all to the Chicago Blackhawks and the goofy city named Saskatoon! If it weren’t for them playing in Saskatoon, we would have never connected!"

I love this story! So sweet. Until tomorrow, Maharanis, stay gorgeous! 

Planning & Design: Mira Savara Events | Photography: Graham Chappell Photography