There are two sides to Rahul and Sarah’s love story. He says they met in college, but she doesn’t remember meeting until a few years later. Regardless, it started off as a casual friendship. It was when Rahul was helping her move into her apartment that he really caught her attention (and affection!) From then on, they spent every day of that summer together. Rahul proposed to her in Cuba, and they were married within the year — two ceremonies (Hindu and Catholic) and one rocking reception. They just celebrated their 12-year wedding anniversary with a first-grader and a third-grader in tow.
We are so excited to celebrate them tomorrow night at our sold out San Francisco event!
What’s your best memory from your wedding day?
From her: We actually got married twice over a three-day period… but we both remember the first moment of the ceremony and celebration. It was during the Hindu wedding and I was lead to the mandap where Rahul waited–but as I approached, there was a sheet separating the two of us. When I reached the mandap, the sheet was dropped, and there we both stood staring into each others eyes. It was a beautiful day, a beautiful moment, and a memorable beginning to the three days of festivities to come.
What is your song and why?
From her: We choose “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds for our first dance, and it has been a special song to us ever since. Even now, more than ten years later, if it comes on we always stop what we are doing and dance to the music together. It’s a song that reminds us how lucky we are to have found each other out of all the people on the planet, and how lucky we are to have each other, and to be part of this marriage and this partnership.
What inspires you about each other?
From him: I am inspired by Sarah’s fearlessness — or, rather, her effortless self-confidence. She can do anything she sets out to do, and she does it well, with little ego, and with grace, charm, and good humor.
From her: I am inspired by Rahul’s kindness, compassion and humor. He’s always willing to take time even when he doesn’t have time, and work on our relationship even with it’s hard.
What advice would you give an engaged couple?
From them: Communicate, communicate, communicate. Not just about the hard stuff, but about the easy stuff, too: your dreams, your fears; your triumphs, your frustrations. When it comes to discussing your relationship, though, be compassionate — listen without getting defensive. And when you do get defensive (you will), admit it to yourself and to your partner, and then get back to the work of listening. Breathe. Look into each others eyes every day, and listen to what you see. Have sex, even when you’re too tired.
The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco is completely SOLD OUT! If you missed out, we invite you to join us at another one of our events – check out our 2016 schedule here.