I Do, Times Two! Local couple ties the knot in two special ceremonies
When Sindhu Koshy and Vikas Gupta met at a mutual friend’s birthday party, they knew they were destined for each other. “There wasn’t ever a question. We spent every spare minute together,” said Sindhu, a 32-year-old cardiologist.
In spite of spending so much time together, Vikas’ proposal still managed to catch Sindhu off guard. After spending the day at the beach during a vacation in Mykonos, Greece, they headed back to the hotel for dinner. As they walked back, Vikas, a 28-year-old consultant, pointed to a large conch shell on the sand.
“Hey, look at that shell!” he said.
“Yeah, it’s a beach,” she replied.
“Don’t you want to pick it up?” he asked.
“No, but you can, if you want,” she responded.
Vikas picked up the shell and turned it over. “Hey look, there’s something inside!” he said. Sindhu took a peek and saw a white cloth poking out from the shell. “Ew! It’s someone’s panties!” she exclaimed. “Don’t touch it! Don’t touch me! Get away from me!”
She started running from Vikas, who was bewildered by her response. After catching up to her, he got her to turn around. When she did, he was on his knee, and he proposed on the beach at sunset.
Vikas had previously placed an engagement ring in a white handkerchief inside the shell, hiding the shell in his pocket and throwing it ahead of them as they walked so they could “find” it.
“Obviously, I was not paying very close attention,” Sindhu said. “I was shocked, but once the confusion settled, I said ‘Yes!’ When we returned to the hotel, there were a dozen roses at dinner, a special dessert made to congratulate us, and rose petals and champagne in our room. It was a wonderful proposal!”
The ring: Sindhu’s ring, a platinum ring featuring a large round brilliant diamond surrounded by even more diamonds, was custom designed by Vikas.
Wedding location: The couple had two ceremonies — the Christian ceremony took place at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the Hindu ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel at the Plaza, which also served as the reception location.
The flowers: Dana Nigro of Village Gardens. She also made a beautiful Mandap where they held their Hindu ceremony.
The dresses: Sindhu had three outfits for her wedding. For the Christian ceremony, her dress was a strapless silk ball gown from Bridal Extraordinaire. For the Hindu ceremony, she wore a traditional red wedding lengha, which was purchased by her mother-in-law, Sandhya Gupta, during a shopping trip in India. Gupta also provided the pink and gold saree that Sindhu wore to the reception.
The look: Sindhu decided on a half updo — inspired by a hairstyle she admired on Carrie Underwood — created by Julie Lewis from Naturally Salon at Crown Center. Her makeup was done three times during the day by wedding makeup artist and good friend Amber Mahmood.
The food: Erin Claycamp of Sweat Pea Cakes created an Indian-inspired, red and gold four-tier cake with marble, chocolate and lemon flavors. The InterContinental handled catering duties, preparing special Indian appetizers for cocktail hour.
The wedding party: The six bridesmaids all wore traditional red and gold sarees accented by jewelry from India. The groomsmen wore tuxes with red vests and sashes.
Advice for Kansas City brides: There are great wedding vendors in Kansas City; go to bridal shows, take your time, and start early. “We had a lot of fun planning ourselves and doing a lot of DIY projects for the wedding. It made the wedding unique and totally ours,” Sindhu said.