Thursday, October 15, 2015

Happy Anniversary, Part I

Today marks 4 years that I have officially been Mrs. U!!!

First and foremost, I want to wish my handsome husband, best friend, partner in crime, other half, favorite human, and the daddy to my little boy, a very very Happy Anniversary!! It is pretty safe to say these last four years have been the best of my entire life, and I truly owe it all to you. 

So, in honor of this being our 4 year wedding anniversary... let me take you back a bit.

Darshan and I met my freshman year of college working retail together at good 'ol American Eagle Outfitters. He came in one day to exchange a track jacket, asked me for a job app, and a few weeks later I bumped into him in our stock room wearing the coolest Diesel shoes (so in at the time) and the first thing I said was, "I like your shoes." Pretty safe to say, it was love at first shoe sight. After that we started hanging out with our large group of co-workers/friends, we would frequent his Frat parties (funny to remember 'Frat-boy D'), and after a few months of becoming close friends, we made it "official" on February 3, 2005. 

We finished college, landed awesome jobs, and made our way out to the OC together in 2010. That same year we were engaged, then on October 15, 2011, we said "I do" for... the first of two times.

Wait, did you just read that right?? TWO TIMES?! Ha! Yes. 

D is Indian, I am not. His family is Hindu and my family is Christian. He is the first-born grandson in his family, the first to be born in America, and the only son and child of his parents who came to this country to chase the American Dream. I am the first daughter born in my family, the only daughter of my father's, and come from a strong religious background. 

Two cultures, two religions, one couple, and our very own way to make our wedding what we wanted it to be. So, what did we do? We went all out for each type of religious and cultural wedding ceremony!!

 On October 15, 2011 we were married in a very traditional Indian Hindu ceremony, along with the week long of traditional practices and events. Then, on November 26, 2011, just a little over a month later, we had a traditional Western American Christian wedding. 

It is quite easy to admit that maybe we were crazy in committing to two huge ceremonies and events, but not so crazy to imagine when we took into mind what it meant to each of our families; and what we got was a beautiful thing. My family was able to see an entirely new culture that they were not yet a part of or used to, and his family the same. It opened doors, opened eyes, and without a doubt, opened hearts. It made our families accept new traditions and practices, and it taught us all the importance of acceptance and respect for each other's, as well as all other's, cultures and religions. Not one religion is 'right' not one culture is 'odd' but, in fact, what we all share is a love of tradition and loyalty to who we are, and where we come from. 

I hope you will enjoy this Part 1 of photos from one of the most beautiful days of our lives; our Hindu Wedding Ceremony.

















































Happy Anniversary, my love. I can't wait to spend the rest of our lives together building our empire.

I love you.


With love,
Amanda