How they met: Neva and John met in Houston in October 2020 at Montrose Cheese & Wine. Neva shares, “Our relationship started off as friends, and we eventually became a couple. John’s patience and pursuit paid off.” A year and a half later, John proposed at their first date spot. They share a love of music, art, food, thrillers and share a competitive spirit in ping pong and pickleball. They love to travel and when they journeyed to Mexico together, they were captivated by the beauty and culture. They couldn’t wait to get married in San Miguel de Allende surrounded by loved ones.

Wedding overview: John and Neva’s wedding in San Miguel de Allende was a celebration of love and friendship that blended Indian, Western and Mexican traditions. This union was not just a merging of two people, but an amalgam of different cultures – distinct, yet similar in their core values and familial warmth. The festivities commenced at the Fatima Rooftop at sunset, casting a golden glow over the rooftop. Guests were welcomed with festive hors d’oeuvres and drinks, all set to a backdrop of good music and energy, which set the stage for the weekend’s events.

On Friday morning, guests gathered for a Mehndi brunch at Casa Cece, an intimate affair adorned with the art of henna, mimosas and the chime of bangles being passed around. It was a beautiful morning of laughter and sharing stories. As evening fell, the Sangeet at the Instituto de Allende unfolded like a dream. The courtyard transformed into a realm of celebration. A delicious Indian-Mexican fusion dinner awaited, followed by an evening of loving speeches and dancing under the pergola. The Parroquia de San Miguel, majestic in the background, added a touch of magic to the dreamy night.

The highlight of the weekend was the wedding day at Hacienda San Luis Gonzaga, an idyllic ranch nestled in the outskirts of the city. The ceremony was a representation of Christian and Hindu traditions, mirroring the heritages of John and Neva. Neva’s cousin officiated, and family members read passages from the Bible and Bhagavad Gita. The vows exchanged between Neva and John were not just words but an expression of their love and companionship.

The celebration progressed into an outdoor reception, a joyous and fun night that lasted into the early hours of the morning. It was a night of speeches from the best man, maid of honor, and father of the bride, then dancing, which was the highlight of the night! The wedding transcended being a mere union of Neva and John; it was a vibrant festival celebrating love, diversity, and the coming together of friends and family from around the world, capturing the essence of San Miguel.

 

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