Emil was one of Alicia's classmates in medical school, and he has one of those personalities you'll never forget -- full of life, always smiling, and enthusiastic about everything. He's the kind of guy whose smiles are contagious and whose energy fills the room. When we first learned he was engaged, we knew we had to meet this girl since it would take someone pretty special to be a match for this guy!
Within five minutes of knowing Chayal, it was clear how they ended up together. She is just as full of enthusiasm and life as Emil, and when they're together, their energy combines into one big ball of equal parts fun and love for each other. When they got engaged, they chose to celebrate with two e-sessions -- one showing off their fun side, and the other more romantic.
So in true Emil and Chayal fashion, they decided to kick off their marriage with not just one, but two weddings to acknowledge the religion and culture of each of their families.
The first was a reflection of Emil's upbringing -- a traditional Catholic ceremony at St. Matthew's Church in Schaumburg, IL. Surrounded by close family and friends, it was a more intimate gathering followed by some photo time with the bridal party at a nearby park. But between the beautiful contrast of Chayal's freshly Henna'd hands against her bright white dress and the countless saris in the crowd, there were already hints of the next morning's Hindu festivities all around.
For now, enjoy this peek into their first wedding day, and stay tuned for a post from their second one coming soon! :]
[…] part two of a Catholic/Hindu double-header wedding. In case you missed part one, you can find the Catholic ceremony here, and you should definitely check out the couple's holi powder e-session and downtown Chicago […]