Why did you choose this specific style/designer for your look?
I knew I wanted to wear a lehenga for my ceremony but I wanted it to be white to incorporate Western culture as well. I came up empty handed in my search early on. I was in medical school in Chicago when I learned of a KYNAH popup in New York. My mom, who was on the east coast at the time, attended the pop up and sent me a photo of the Chandni lehenga, which I immediately fell in love with. It was at a great price point and looked like the dress I had envisioned all along. That same day I spoke to Aisha, who was so kind. It’s a great feeling to find your perfect wedding dress and support a company + owner you believe in all at once.
What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme/aesthetic?
Our wedding theme was Unity — of marriage, of culture, and of celebrating our similarities and differences. Elements of both Indian and Western aesthetics and traditions were incorporated, not only into the ceremony we wrote, but the outfits we wore on our wedding day. Tyler, his groomsman, and our fathers all wore suits with a scarf from India as the accent piece. Our mothers and my bridal party wore saris, and I wore the Chandni lehenga, which beautifully incorporated a traditional Indian outfit with a Western white gown.
What were you most looking forward to on your big day?
Our wedding planning process had many ups and downs; we needed to change our wedding date multiple times, our original venue fell through 6 months before our big day, we had to plan our wedding remotely, and we moved to start residency a few months before our wedding. What kept us going throughout was the knowledge that we would be celebrating our love with all the people we love most. It was truly a blessing to have family and friends from all over the world attend our wedding.
If you had to choose one moment from your wedding day, what would it be?
Every moment was so special it is almost impossible to choose! One moment I will treasure forever was just after Tyler and I walked up the aisle after becoming husband and wife. We rounded a corner and were alone while we waited for our wedding party. In those few moments, we fell into each other's arms and cried so many happy tears. We were just so happy to finally be married to each other. Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I still can’t believe I married the man of my dreams.
If you could’ve invited one celebrity to your wedding, who would it have been?
Can we choose two?? Probably Barack and Michelle Obama! They’re so inspiring, seem like they know how to party, and are great role models for a strong marriage.
Given the chance to do it all again, you would…
Do nothing different, except maybe keep my wedding dress on after during the reception too because I loved it so much.
We are so excited to share that Anuhya and Tyler's beautiful wedding was also featured in The Knot Magazine!