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Mital and Ronald are different in many ways. But one strong thing unites them: their faith.
Mital is a gorgeous CPA with a smile that lights up the room. Ronak, is a strikingly handsome and friendly, outgoing entrepreneur. Shaadi.com is where they met. It is a website which matches couples who share the same faith, but might live in different places.
When the website connected them as a potential match, Mital texted Ronald first. “(It was) only to tell him that I was busy at a bachelorette party that weekend and we could talk more later,” she said. “The day after I returned from my trip, we literally texted from the moment we woke up until 4 in the morning. In fact, I barely got any sleep at all that week!
“The first day we talked, Ronak asked me all these crazy questions like, ‘How are you with finances?’ and ‘Are there any illnesses that run in your family?’ Needless to say, Ronak was on the fast track, but I can’t really say that I minded it.
“We realized how much we had in common, including tons of mutual friends through the temple. We always joke about how we were at so many events together, but never had the chance to meet. The following weekend, I was in Atlanta for a wedding and Ronak and I decided to meet up. It was supposed to be a 20 to 30 minute meeting just to see if we clicked, but it turned into 2.5 hours!
“That night, I texted my sister to tell her, “I met that Shaadi.com guy today. It’s totally crazy for me to say this, but don’t be surprised if I end up marrying this guy.” And the rest is history!”
Mital and Ronan fell deeply in love.
“Our relationship became serious pretty quickly,” Mital said. “We met each others’ families within two months of first connecting online, so we knew early on that we were destined to be married. It was just a question of when it would actually happen.”
Ronak, an intellectual, used his professional strengths as an entrepreneur to weigh his options when deciding how to propose to Mital. Once he decided, he prepared and planned the orchestration of his proposal.
“Five months after we met, we had been on a few trips together to visit family or go to weddings, but we never had a trip without an agenda, so we decided to take a weekend trip down to Savannah,” Mital said. “I’d never been to Savannah and so was excited to go. The entire car ride down there, Ronak kept patting his shirt pocket, but I didn’t think much of it.
“When we got there, we went straight to historic Forsyth Park,” she added. “He seemed to be a little ‘off,’ but I thought it was just from the drive down there and he would be back to his normal self soon. We walked through the park, under the canopy of all the beautiful trees, and up to the famous fountain. When we got to the fountain, Ronak started walking really slowly and told me he had a gift for me, but he didn’t want to give it to me at the fountain and pointed to a secluded part of the park and directed us there.
“As I stood beneath the trees, Ronak handed me a book he made for me, ‘The Top 10 Reasons I Love You.’ When I got to the last page of the book, I read in big letters, ‘Will you marry me?’
“When I looked at Ronak, he was getting down on one knee and pulling out the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen from his shirt pocket. Before I could even utter the word ‘yes!’ my hand was already motioning for him to put the ring on my finger! And now Savannah holds a very dear place in my heart.”
A wedding, a monumental day in anyone’s life, held special significance for Ronak and Mital.
“Ronak and I are both the babies of our families, meaning our wedding was the last one for our generation. This made our wedding extra special, not just for us, but for both of our families and gave it sentimental value. Our wedding also directly reflected our personalities – it was short, sweet, feisty, and focused more on the bigger picture than the fine details.
In a lovely ceremony, their color palette a gorgeous pairing of purple and mint, Ronak and Mital wed in the customs of their faith.
“It was important to both us and our parents that we kept our ceremony traditional and truly reflective of our culture, so we tried to make our primary focus keeping things fun and festive. We literally witnessed our cousins fighting over Ronak’s shoes during the ceremony!”
The couple united in their first dance as man and wife to “Ankhiyon se Goli Mare” from Dulhe Raha.
Another celebration made the couple’s celebration unique.
“In lieu of a modern reception, we opted for an after party at a local bar,” Mital said. “True to our nonchalant and comical personalities, the after party was an informal and cheerful night for all those who attended.
Another decision by bride and groom made their wedding day even more precious to them.
“The best part of our wedding day was directly after the ceremony when we went to the local BAPS temple for our first darshan together as a married couple,” Mital said. “The priest at the temple sang a couple of prayers for us to have a blissful wedded life together and gave us some very special advice that we hold dear to our hearts.”
After the wedding, the couple spent their 10-day honeymoon luxuriating in Aruba.
Photography by Chuck Eaton and Emily Rearick for Chuck Eaton Photographers
Flowers: Aarti Patel
Gown: Roop Sari Palace
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Kalpi Baroda
Engagement ring: Benny’s Jewelry
Wedding rings: Benny’s Jewelry
Hairstylist for wedding: Hairstyles by Pam
Make-up for wedding: The Beauty Fairy
Music/Entertainment/Booking Agency: RoopG Entertainment
Cinematography: Rashmi Videography
Clergy: Ghanshyam Bhatt
Ceremony location: Crowne Plaza Executive Park
Caterers: BAPS Shayona
Reception location: Draught Charlotte
Wedding night hotel/inn: Crowne Plaza Executive Park
Bachelor party location/activity: Denver, CO
Bachelorette party location/activity: Chicago, IL
Specialty gifts/favors: Donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
Transportation provider: R & R Pedicab
Travel agent: Parimal Patel
I have known Dena for years now, and this shoot was taken with her sons just about two years ago now. Can’t believe how fast time flies!
A couple years ago, on almost exactly the same date as today, I wandered around New York City with Rupal and Naman for their engagement shoot. This was one of my all time favorite engagement sessions and I just couldn’t help sharing their photos again now.