We are so excited to share the amazing photos and details from Dorothy and Rohan’s Nashville wedding in a full blog post soon, but today we’re sharing their love story and a few sneak peeks!
Tell us a little about each of you.
Rohan grew up in a suburb of Detroit after his parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mumbai, India. He is an avid fan of Marvel, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and all things fantasy which is why we cut our wedding cake with an epic sword! He is brilliant and will complete medical school this year before moving onto becoming a child and adolescent psychiatrist. I grew up on the island of Java, Indonesia, so we both share a deep love for South and Southeast Asian nations. I’m a life coach and am fascinated by social enterprises which fuels my work in Corporate Social Responsibility at Deloitte. We are both passionate lovers of Jesus and are committed to serving our communities.
How did you meet?
We met during our freshman year at Vanderbilt University. I was feeling a little nervous walking back to campus alone one evening and prayed for God to “send someone to walk with me and protect me.” Within 30 seconds, Rohan walked up by my side and offered to escort me home. Little did I know that he was lost and looking for someone to guide him back to the dorm!
When did you know he was going to be your husband? Did he know before you?
After we initially met, it was more than a year of dramatic pursuit before Rohan finally won my affection. I still didn’t know for sure that he would be my husband until the spring of our junior year when I heard God whisper to my heart, “Remember that first night you met Rohan? I sent him to walk with you and protect you for the rest of your life!” I burst into tears and knew instantly that Rohan was a forever-gift to me. The full story of how we got together involves temporary paralysis and wild, international emergencies, so feel free to dig deeper into the legendary tale through the links on our fun blog!
How did he put that ring on your finger?
Before we were dating, Rohan would say all the time, “All of my cards are on the table, Dorothy. You know how I feel about you, but I don’t know what you’re thinking.” When I was finally ready to be his girlfriend, I wrote down all of my secret thoughts that I’d been hiding from him for months on individual playing cards and threw them down on the table saying, “Here, now all my cards are on the table too.” On our three year dating anniversary, Rohan orchestrated a day-long game where he would ask me questions about our history. When I got a question right, he’d reward me with a card inscribed with a reason why he loved me. He timed the game just perfectly so that at the end our evening, he led me to an arboretum and declared, “There’s just one more question I need you to answer today – will you marry me?”
When and where did you get married? What made you choose that season and venue?
We had a June wedding at Five Star Retreat just west of Nashville, TN. We didn’t have much choice in the season because it was the only 2 week period in all of Rohan’s medical school career that we could gather all our family around the world for the event! We chose our venue because after waiting through an excruciatingly long two-year engagement, we didn’t want everyone to travel so far and then leave after only a few hours. Having all of our loved ones stay at the retreat center during the days leading up to the wedding was absolutely priceless. Also, our story began in Tennessee, so even though we’d moved onto different parts of the country, we wanted to host our “next beginning” here.
What did you love most about planning your wedding? What has been the most difficult?
I loved the opportunities to reconnect with people from all over the planet that I’ve known in different stages of life. I blogged throughout the wedding process and sent lots of personalized notes to wedding guests so that everyone would feel like a part of the journey. The most difficult part of the wedding planning was handling all of the details long-distance. We couldn’t have planned the 3-day retreat from where I was living in Boston without Brigett’s help on the ground!
What did you enjoy the most about your wedding day?
All of the beautiful words. The grand horse and carriage. The explosive fireworks. Basically, everything captured in this video.
Do you have any advice for the newly engaged as they embark on the planning process?
Remember that you’re planning a wedding day, not a wedding play. No matter how much you plan, the day won’t go exactly according to the script you’ve written in your mind. Live it like you would any other day – expecting the unexpected. Then, you’ll be free to laugh at the surprises and laugh at last minute changes as stories you know you’ll tell your grandkids someday.
Give us three words to describe your wedding
Meaningful. Magical. Unbelievable.
Photos: Teale Photography