Ever After: Dania Becker & Vivek Sharma

By / Weddings / October 6, 2016

In July 2014, Dania Becker was on her way to Starbucks to meet Vivek Sharma, whom she met on dating site OkCupid. “I thought nothing was going to come of it,” says the 33-year-old attorney. “But his profile was exactly what I was looking for, so I thought it would be stupid not to try.”

She was right to give him a chance: Sparks flew instantly, and less than a year later in May 2015, Sharma, 32, co-founder of financial technology start-up Vitt LLC, proposed at Diversey Harbor.

The three-day-long wedding weekend, beginning Aug. 26, fused Becker’s American and Sharma’s Indian backgrounds with a Unitarian ceremony on Friday, henna painting and a sangeet — Indian dance party — on Saturday and a Hindu wedding at the Chicago History Museum (1601 N. Clark) on Sunday. Becker donned a bright red lehenga and Sharma wore a cream sherwani, both from Jodhpur. “The whole reason for doing the two ceremonies was that we wanted a chance for our two families to meet and get to know each other,” Becker says. “It was beautiful.”

Photos by Ed & Aileen Photography

It’s in the details

Bride’s jewelry: earrings and mangalsutra by Raj Jewels, 2652 W. Devon; Rajjewelsusa.com

Bride’s makeup: Starlight Makeup, 415 Howard, Evanston, Starlightmakeup.com; Nika Vaughan and Associates, Nikavaughanbridalartists.com

Bride’s shoes: Adrianna Papell, Lord & Taylor, 4847 Old Orchard, Old Orchard; Lordandtaylor.com

Rings: Windy City Diamonds, 1 S. Wabash; Windycitydiamonds.com

Wedding planner: Heather Vickery, Greatest Expectations; Greatestexpectations.com

Catering: Blue Plate Catering, 1061 W. Van Buren; Blueplatechicago.com

Sweets: Mysore Woodlands, 2548 W. Devon, Mysorewoodlands.info; Haandi Chicago, 2741 W. Devon, Haandichicago.com

Decor & florist: Juliet Tan Floral Design, 220 N. Halsted; Juliettanfloraldesign.com

Entertainment: Cagen Music; Cagenmusic.com

Henna artist: Unnati Shah; Unnatizart.com

Invitations: Erickson Design, 1229 N. Branch; Ericksondesign.com


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