March 19, 2017
Indian Princess + British Prince | Winter elopement in Venice on the Grand Canal
A love born from long term friendship and loss
“We met at a hotel, and within minutes, I was in her room!” he cheekily told me, when I asked how they met. Then they laughed and explained: he was part of a documentary project she was pursuing along with her beloved sister. The sisters interviewed him in their hotel room: the start of a long friendship. But they lived on opposite coasts in the US and just stayed friends for a long time. When her sister passed away, he showed up as a true confidant and a pillar of support. He was there for her through her darkest times, and their friendship turned into deep love and a life-long relationship.
Winter Elopement in Venice: symbolic ceremony on the Grand Canal
When they decided to get married, they wanted their friends and family to be present, but it proved too difficult to coordinate British and Indian relatives, and friends on both coasts of US. Then they got the idea: why not elope, to a place that really holds meaning for them? She thought of Venice, the city she had visited many times before with her sister; her sister’s favorite place. They also decided to hold their ceremony on her sister’s birthday. This way they included her sister and honored her memory in their celebration. The ceremony was beautiful, intimate and romantic. It included rituals from her and his traditions and something new they thought together with the celebrant. A true fusion of cultures! The location itself was amazing: a terrace on the Grand Canal, with a view of the Rialto Bridge. They were photographed by JayStudio from Rome. In a fairy-tale like wedding, where she looked like an Indian Princess and he a British Prince, they said their vows. May they live happily ever after..!