Loves, witness the magical union of two souls, Shivani & Aakash, in today's Platinum Guide Blog.

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How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Aakash and I met over 10 years ago while in medical school in Grenada. We were friends until we graduated and then moved to different parts of the country for residency. As fate would have it, he matched into fellowship in New York and asked if I wanted to go for dinner to catch up one night. We immediately hit it off! For our third date, we went to the San Gennaro festival, where we spent the entire night eating, drinking, and laughing. I couldn’t imagine spending my life with anyone else.

Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Aakash and I had made plans for one weekend in November, and the night before, he called to tell me that he forgot that he was working, and we had to cancel. He knew I would be upset, so he told me the next day he would make it up to me. This was how he was able to dress up in a suit and make all these grand plans without making me suspicious. We went for lunch at Palma SoHo before we were supposed to meet Aakash’s friends at a speakeasy to celebrate their passing fellowship boards. When we got to The Lofts at Prince, the entire rooftop was decorated, and Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” was playing in the background. He then surprised me by having our parents and my friends there!

How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I knew I always wanted to wear red, but I was convinced I would look better in a dark red. I went to five or six stores in India, and the last store my parents and I went to was Sabyasachi. I fell in love with the traditional red lenghas that they had. I spotted my lengha in the mirror while I was actually trying on another dress, and once I put it on, I knew it was the one!

For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
For my Sangeet, I really wanted to have a Jaipur theme and make it as traditional as possible. I love Garba, and Aakash loves Raas, so we wanted to have a live singer for part of the event. Moghul did an amazing job with the menu, like letting me have khichu, and we also had a gola stand!

I have to give credit to my husband for the theme of our reception. He wanted to have a stark contrast with the ceremony decor, and the decor was very elegant.

Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be?
Enjoy the planning process!

Anything else you want to tell us? We'd love to hear all about your other details! (jewelry, mehndi, venue, cake, bouquets, etc.)
My hair and makeup were done by Susmita, and she is absolutely the best. A huge shoutout to all of our vendors; they truly did an amazing job and made our dream wedding come true!

Let the allure of new love stories inspire your fairy-tale moments. See you soon with more!

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Photography: House of Talent Studio | Catering: Sukhadia Caterers | Planning & Design: Wedding Elegance NYC | DJ: M4U Events | Venue: The Legacy Castle | Floral & Decor: Partyland Sajawat Decorator | Makeup & Styling: Susmita Style by Susmita | Bridal Fashions: Sabyasachi Weddings