Ladies, it's time again for a destination wedding that's going to blow your minds! We're going to journey off to the captivating Cayman Islands for this Indian wedding, courtesy of Rebecca Davidson Photography and her right-hand man, Mark Anthony Chen. You can see the excitement in Maharani Vidya's eyes as she's getting ready for the big day which takes place at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman on The Great Lawn with the reception at the beautiful Sunset Bay! From her makeup by Vanity Hair & Nail to her mehndi by Shilpa Tagalpallewar, everything looks flawless! Parfait provides the delicate decor and rentals are supplied by A.I. Rentals. DJ Craig of One World & DJ Preston lend their musical stylings to the event and Mise en Place are the go-to for delicious catering! I can't wait for you to see how the day unfolds! See it all in the gallery!
From the bride, on how they met:
"Praveen and I met late one night in Chicago, where he was living. I was visiting Chicago for a work conference, and I was staying with a girlfriend in the city. She had been telling me about a guy friend she wanted me to meet, and had been giving him the same talk, that she had female friend visiting that she wanted him to meet when we were all out. At the time, Praveen had no interest in dating someone long-distance, so spent most of the night at another party, only coming over to meet us toward the end of the evening. Eventually he made his way over to the party we were at, and we immediately hit it off. He was kicking himself for not coming over to our party earlier in the night since we were only able to spend a few hours together, before I had to head to bed (early flight out the next morning). For him, those few hours were enough. After a few phone calls and emails, he flew out to Boston to see me, and shortly after, sent me tickets to fly back to Chicago as a Valentine's gift. Certainly, this didn't start out easy, as I had just purchased a condo and Praveen's job didn't afford him any flexibility for moving cities for at least 4 yrs. These issues didn't make prospects of a long-term relationship seem likely. But despite the complexities of long-distance dating, we had such an amazing time when we did see each other that our relationship grew quickly. Fast-foward and a half later, and we were engaged and I'm moving to Chicago!"
On the proposal:
"The easy part for me (Praveen) was deciding I wanted to marry Vidya. It happened quickly and without hesitation. The harder part was proposing. I never got the impression she wanted anything grand or complicated, but I did want to make it special. So I decided to surprise her. We had looked at diamonds a few times together, so the proposal wasn't a surprise, but the timing was. I had our mutual friend (who had initially introduced us) plan a girls' brunch one weekend when she was visiting. Vidya was under the idea that I was working that Saturday, so it would be a perfect morning for just the girls. I got up as usual at 630 am, but instead of heading to the hospital, I drove out to the Chicago Botanical Gardens. After their brunch, her friend suggested they go on a stroll through the gardens, and there I waited (patiently) for two hours in a remote corner of the gardens. When she made her way around a curve in the walkway, I was on one knee. I think the surprise worked a little too well, as she didn't initially say yes. Instead, I got a confused question, 'Are you done with work already?' She eventually processed what was happening and in a minute or two, I got the answer....yes."
Picture-perfect portraits are up next!