Alejandro (Alex) and I met in medical school on the island of Grenada. Our relationship blossomed from the friendship we first had. We moved to many different cities across the United States to do our clinical rotations, graduated medical school together and celebrated the huge milestone by backpacking one month in Thailand and Vietnam. Our relationship turned into a long-distance relationship during residency where I was training in New York City and Alex was in Illinois.
As many know, long distance has many challenges but our love and commitment to each other overcame the trials and tribulations. I had just gotten off my overnight shift that morning and flew to Miami (Alex’s home city) to have a weekend celebrating Alex’s 30th birthday- not realizing he had other plans. Alex had completely surprised me at the rooftop of the Conrad Hotel when he got down on one knee and had a hidden photographer to capture the moment. The ocean scenery, blue skies and warm wind was perfect and resembled the Caribbean air- where it all first started. Now, 9 years together, we live in Illinois in our first home with our dog.
Our first wedding was supposed to be in Toronto, Canada (where my family is) September 2020 but the world had other plans. Working in the medical field during a pandemic, we knew we wanted to postpone our celebrations until we felt it was the most safe for our family and friends. On our 3rd attempt, we decided to move it to Miami, Florida to have most of our events outdoors.
Although the pandemic created many obstacles to have a celebration, Alex and I (and our families) are happy we followed through and got to celebrate our love with our closest family and friends!
Our wedding encompasses Miami meets Bollywood. We wanted to bring the bright colors of Miami where my husband is from and combine it with the sparkle and glam of Bollywood to present my South Asian background. This together created a beautiful, love-filled, fun weekend!
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