Rucha and Nihar’s celebration was a gorgeous mixture of tradition and elegance that took guests on a whimsical journey throughout downtown Chicago. 

When Rucha and Nihar became friends their freshman year at Northwestern University, it didn’t take her long to realize that he was someone special. “I knew he was going to be my best friend,” she said. “I’d never had such a selfless friend before. It  was this unconditional love that made me eventually realize that he was the one.” However, realizing that they were meant to be together didn’t mean the couple was in a rush to get to their Happily Ever After. Rucha and Nihar grew together for almost ten years, sticking together through college, grad school, and the start of their professional lives before Nihar finally popped the question.
“He proposed with a scavenger hunt across Northwestern’s campus,” Rucha said. “Each clue was given to me by one of our close friends who’d come to surprise me for my birthday.” When the excitement of the proposal finally gave way to wedding preparations, Rucha and Nihar had no doubts about having their wedding in Chicago. “Home for us has always been the Windy City,” the couple told us.

Rucha and Nihar tied the knot in a beautiful and traditional Hindu ceremony that took place at the Drake’s elegant Gold Coast Room. One of Rucha’s favorite memories? “Seeing Nihar and my family up on the mandap. I started crying out of sheer excitement!”
Another one of her favorite moments from the big day was secretly watching the baraat (a festive part of Hindu weddings where the groom’s family dances in the street) shut down Walton Street as people celebrated the new couple. Afterwards, everyone got in on the fun and danced the night away at the Field Musuem, celebrating under the watchful gaze of Sue the T-Rex.
The couple notes that without their parents, their wedding might not have been so perfect. “I have to say, we’re two of the luckiest children on this planet,” Rucha said. “Our parents worked tirelessly to make sure that everything was perfect.This wasn’t just a wedding- it was a way to share our relationship and our family values with all of our guests. Everyone felt the love throughout the entire weekend of festivities.”
Pictured Vendors: Fred Asaad (photography), Drish Couture Events (wedding planner), The Drake (ceremony venue), Shaadi Creations (ceremony decor), India House Chicago (ceremony catering), The Field Museum (reception venue), Kehoe Designs (reception decor), Food For Thought (reception catering), Asopalav (attire), Meghana Prasad (hair & makeup), Aria Films (videography)

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