Nithya Rajagopalan definitely found her knight in shining armor: Her groom, Vikram Naidu, even rode into their wedding on horseback, as is custom during baraat, a part of traditional Indian ceremonies.
For Rajagopalan, who works in business development for grocery delivery startup Instacart, the fairytale began in February 2014, when Naidu, director of finance for the on-demand car service Lyft, proposed in Napa.
Last fall, the couple commenced their three-day Indian wedding festivities, starting Friday night with a get-together at the bride’s family home in Naperville, followed by an evening reception Saturday and a formal ceremony and lunch reception at The Drake Hotel (140 E. Walton) on Sunday.
For Saturday’s main bash, 250 of the couple’s friends and family members turned out for a cocktail party, featuring signature Moscow Mule and Ginger Fizz cocktails and an ice cream sundae bar, plus Garrett’s Popcorn as a late-night snack. “A bunch of our college friends did a [choreographed] dance for us,” says the bride. “It was amazing to be surrounded by all these people who had been part of our lives.”
On Sunday, the duo said their “I do’s” in the Drake’s Gold Coast Room — Rajagopalan donned three different saris from her native country — before heading to a South Indian-inspired reception, complete with dishes like aloo matar, uttapam and avial. “Both of our families come from a city in India called Chennai, so we had each table name be a different town or sub-town,” Rajagopalan says. “We grouped people by where they have family or where they grew up to personalize it.” Thinking back on the wedding, Rajagopalan says, simply: “It was all … amazing.”
Photos by Tuan H. Bui
The Drake Hotel social & wedding specialist: Shaun Rajah; Shaun.firstname.lastname@example.org
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