In the roots of a banyan

Just as many modern connections are formed, we met online and arranged a meeting soon after. The first time I met her was the first time I was captured by her inner and outer beauty. We talked for hours on end and laughed a lot. Our communication just came so naturally – we shared life stories, values, passions, and future plans.

The foundation of our love was formed, and you could say that from there the rest was history.

When it finally came time to pop the question, I proposed to Aman as perfectly as I could. She would tell me how much she loved the Maldives and how magical it was – I wanted to make her dreams come true in the most memorable way possible and planned a tour of Asia ending in the Maldives.

On the day of the proposal in the Maldives, I rented a small island a few miles away from the resort for lunch. Aman was thrilled to have a picnic lunch on our private island that we had all to ourselves for a few hours. As evening came, I asked Aman to get ready for dinner at a nice restaurant and on the walk over, surprised her with a private dinner on the beach. The area of the beach was decorated to create an air of romance. A waiter welcomed us to our table covered by a canopy full of flowers underneath the moon and stars, which set the perfect mood.

Following dinner, I asked our waiter to take a picture of us. As Aman posed, I quickly grabbed the ring, went down on one knee and let out those four magic words. It took her by such surprise that she began to laugh – soon her laughter and shock turned into tears of joy, overwhelmed with the knowledge that we would be together forever from there on out.

The months following saw the arrival of the wedding planning process. It was a huge blessing to have the L’Escape team plan our wedding, with Jaspreet and Raun making the whole process a lot smoother. Everything we envisioned came to life and surpassed our expectations.

Both of our wedding days were surreal.

During the Sikh ceremony, Aman had an emotional experience waiting to see me for the first time dressed as a Sikh groom, as she was looking forward to this moment for her entire life. There was something very special for the both of us about being married in nature with our closest friends and family together under two symbolic banyan trees.

The civil ceremony was very intimate – listening to each other’s vows took our breaths away. Aman’s dress took me by such great surprise – it was as if I was looking at the definition of beauty with every look I made upon her.

The most memorable outcome for both of us was simply seeing the joy of our parents throughout all of the festivities, knowing that both of our families would now be in wonderful harmony.

Our wedding was full of a lot of love and laughter. As is Punjabi tradition, my shoes were stolen at the Sikh ceremony by Aman’s family. My feet were so cold during lunch, and I had no idea how to negotiate my shoes back, until I noticed Aman’s five-year old niece (and flower girl) smiling as if she had a secret. I approached the flower girl, my prime suspect, asking her if she knew where my shoes were, but she refused to tell me. After doing some serious negotiating with her (I offered to buy her a big ice cream sundae), she quickly pointed to where my shoes were. Day saved.

To cap off our merriments, we will be going on our honeymoon in July for three weeks. We can not wait to travel to London, Santorini, Croatia, Cappadocia, and Tel Aviv. We are nothing short of ecstatic in taking our love around the world as husband and wife.

Wedding Venue – The Addison Reception Venue – The Boca Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Resort Planning and Event Management – L’Escape Destination Weddings Photography – Banga Studios Video – Cineverse Sikh Granthi and Ragis – Sikh Society Central FL Officiant – Bishop Sean DJ – Empire Entertainment Hair and Makeup – Kate Hair Beauty and Judy Irizarry Decor – Prashe Entertainment – Guy A Michel Henna – Naza’s Henna Art Transportation – Molly’s Trolleys Horse – Wind Chase Farms Mobile Spa Services – O’hm Beauty

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