Meet Kush & Niya! This is their story—
Everyone knows me for my love of cookies and I always joke that it was this love that brought us together :)
Kush and I both attended Hofstra University. One day during the fall of 2010, I was on my weekly cookie run between classes, when I realized I was a quarter short from me and my addiction (no really it’s a problem..we’re working on it.) Luckily, I ran into my also cookie loving brother, Nitin, who also attended Hofstra at the time. Coming from a cookie family I knew he would for sure have a cookie quarter handy. Nitin was walking out of class with someone I didn’t recognize (spoiler: it was Kush) but I figured I would stop him anyway. I waved at him and was about to quickly say hi and ask my brother for some $ when he stopped to talk to another friend he saw down the quad. Kush and I hadn’t been introduced to each other at that point and since neither of us knew the guy Nitin was talking to, we slowly shifted over to the side. I had no idea who Kush was but I briefly introduced myself and then awkwardly stood there pretending to be on my phone. I'm so not a fan of small talk so when Kush actually struck up a convo that kept me engaged I was pretty impressed. He asked me about myself, how I liked Hofstra and even joked about the awkwardness. I remember laughing and thinking ‘wow, this guy seems really nice’. When Nitin finally caught up with us I even forgot why I stopped him in the first place.
Later that night, Kush sent me a friend request on Facebook. While he had caught my eye earlier, I wasn't expecting him to be anyone other than just another guy I knew at school. But I started to run into Kush all the time. Whether it was in the library, at parties or just between classes, we started to see a lot more of each other. A year and a half of friendship later, he asked me to the school formal where I quickly realized how much I liked him. It wasn't long before we began having study, coffee, and cookie (yes cookie!) dates. And well, the rest is history.. :)
One month until #HappIlliEverParikh 😍
“The best decision we made in our entire wedding planning process was hiring Tum Hi Ho. Initially, we were not sure about hiring day-of coordinators. With a wedding of over 500 people, we quickly realized that we were in WAY over our heads and having a dedicated team of people who were solely there to ensure our wedding day went off without a hitch was absolutely necessary.
The Tum Hi Ho team blew us away from the second that we hopped on an interest call with Hiren, our incredible lead coordinator, to get some information about the day-of coordination services they provided. After the call and before we signed the contract, Hiren was so responsive to questions and kept it real with all of his answers, making us feel really comfortable and making it super easy to build trust.
Leading up to the big day, we had planning meetings with the THH team. Each call was so detail oriented that we often realized how many things we had left to plan/answer. Instead of this being overwhelming, it made us feel so at ease that someone else was looking out for us, given the crazy number of moving pieces that we were managing as the bride and groom.
The day of support was phenomenal. I had a wonderful bridal attendant (shout-out to my girl Prutha!) who was by my side for anything that I needed. My groom also had a fantastic groom attendant that did the same. From bringing us food to helping put shoes on, they were not hesitant at all to jump in and help. With the detailed minute-by-minute schedule that the team had built out, the entire day ran on time and so smoothly. Two highlights: (1) we had a 45+ individual groups that we needed to take pictures with post-wedding. It took 37 minutes thanks to THH! (2) the THH team realized that we didn't have a photo book for guests to sign in our contract with our photographer. They had someone in the car and ready to go purchase one for us!
This team is EVERYTHING and helped make our wedding day the most perfect of our lives!” - Suraj & Jenny #JennyGotBax
absolutely not ready to let go of this summer 😩 #krupamittheone 🌊 📷: @regalpalettestudio
Love in the middle of the concrete jungle 💕 #poptheshahpagne
Just a girl and her girls ❤️ #gokulandabby 📷: @studioninephoto
❗️RAW FOOTAGE OF TRUE LOVE❗️
Get ready to laugh, cry, and feel all the feels - head on over to our IGTV to watch the full video from Suraj & Jenny’s big day! #JennyGotBax
Suraj & Jenny - thank you for letting us capture the most raw and untouched moments of your big day. Everyone at your wedding could literally feel your love in the air, almost as if it were contagious. We wish you an infinite amount of love and happiness - you two are everything and more ❤️
Ever wondered why Indian grooms typically carry swords/ knives during their baraat? Keep reading to find out ⬇️
Before the Independence of India, there were no vehicles for commuting from one place to another - instead people used horses, camels, and carts. Sometimes it took days to get to your destination.
During this time, the Baraat used to come and stay at the bride’s village for a few days so that all the traditions can be completed. The celebrations lasted a few days to a week. The only source of commute back to the groom’s village was the way they came - on horses or carts.
Sometimes the whole Baraat was attacked by bandits to loot the jewelery and money gifted to the couple. To protect himself and his newly wed wife, the groom used to carry a sword. It became a tradition and was carried over generations.
And that, friends, is why grooms carry swords! Indian cultures and traditions are so mind blowing and meaningful - dontcha think? What other questions do you have about Indian Wedding traditions? 📷: @regalpalettestudio