Here to inspire you, it’s Real Weddings Wednesday! Today, we present Shobana + Christopher!
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Chris and I worked on the same floor at work, and after over a year of us sneaking glances at each other, one day in 2017, I decided to ask if he’d like my number. In writing this, I realize now that this little gesture has played itself out in a big way through the course of our relationship. The two of us are always anticipating the other’s thoughts and proactively responding to them. I think it’s part of what makes us such a great team, and this was no exception when it came to when he proposed or how our wedding was planned. In October 2019, Chris proposed in Tahoe. He told me he had something special for me, and expecting the ring, I started mentally considering the best angles for a photo. Imagine my surprise when, knowing I’d do this, he pulled out a ring pop instead. While I was busy fumbling with my shock (and more importantly, the ring pop), Chris was busy getting down on one knee with an actual ring. At that point, I’m not sure which came first: me crying or me saying yes. As we started planning our wedding and hearing little bits and pieces about COVID-19, we thought we’d be okay. What we didn’t know is that much like the rest of the world, we’d go on to watch in horror as COVID-19 shut down all plans of our wedding, honeymoon, and all of the other fun things we’d planned. I think the sting of planning (and re-planning again, and again, and again…) wouldn’t have hurt so much if we hadn’t planned so many little surprises for our own family. It felt like we were perpetually delaying a surprise that we couldn’t wait to give them. As we neared our October wedding date, I started feeling more and more hopeless. I had planned our wedding four different times at this point, and every detail just hurt to think about because I felt like it would never happen. Chris helped me realize that we could still get married and not let the pandemic take away our happiness, and he was right! We ended up having a traditional South Indian micro-wedding with our immediate families in October. Like I said…we’re a pretty great team!
What was the best part of your day? We took a photo with our puppy, and Eugene (our photographer, from Lixxim Photography!) told us to kiss. Forgetting it’s literally our wedding, we both immediately kissed our puppy.
What else would you like to share about your day? If a literal global pandemic couldn’t stop us from being happy together, nothing can!
How did COVID-19 effect your wedding? Well, we didn’t have the wedding we’d hoped for. We’ve rescheduled our initially planned wedding to October 2021, but we aren’t sure if we’ll go through with it yet.
Any advice you’d give to couples planning their wedding right now? It’s true what people say: the wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye. All I remember is seeing Chris and sitting down next to him, holding his hand. It’s since dawned on me that that’s all I’ll need for the rest of my life.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Yes, totally! If only I could control the weather and a virus… jokes aside, the micro-wedding was beautiful but we’d planned it in under a month and limited it to our immediate families. I think ideally, we would’ve liked to celebrate our wedding with our wedding party, family, and friends.