Tanisha & Siddhartha
In 2005, Tanisha, a student at UNC, met Siddhartha (Sid), a student at NC State, through a mutual friend. A few years later, Sid was going to Buenos Aires for vacation and he knew Tanisha had spent some time there, so he emailed her asking for recommendations. She replied with a list of things and an offer to get a drink together if he was in her area. Although he didn’t do any of the things she recommended in Buenos Aires, he did take her up on that offer for a drink on New Years Eve in 2011, and the two began dating.
In May of 2014, Sid organized a richshaw from Crank Arm Brewery in Raleigh to take them around town to some of their most memorable places; where they had their first date, their first kiss and more. They ended on Boylan Bridge with a view of the Raleigh skyline and he proposed. His friend, Wade, was hiding out taking photos!
The couple began planning for their traditional Indian wedding, a four-day extravaganza that began on a Thursday morning and went through Sunday afternoon. Held at the beautiful Grandover Resort, the two knew that their wedding would involve lots of color, including ivory, golden yellow, fuchsia, gold and red. Because red is a traditional Indian bridal color, that was the main color of Tanisha’s dress, with other colors spread all over.
Beginning with the baraat, Sid rode in on a white horse with a dhol (Indian drum) player and lots of music and dancing. Tanisha’s family greeted the procession and they proceeded to their outdoor ceremony, followed by a cocktail hour and reception in the Grandover ballroom with incredible Indian food, great speeches and performances, and lots of dancing!
“Our photographer, Hooman from Vesic Photography, was absolutely awesome. He was running around making sure he captured every valued moment of our wedding weekend. We saw him lying on the ground to get shots, we saw him making sure our guests would get in pictures, we saw him putting his whole heart into making sure we would have amazing memories,” said Tanisha.
When asked if they would change anything about their wedding day, Tanisha replied, “The weather! Everything else was so beautiful and memorable, but it was just slightly too cold. Of course, in the pictures, you can’t really tell. Thankfully, the sun shined continuously on the altar, and Sid and I were never cold.”
brother Tanuj Palvia organized all entertainment