Supreet and Aman met at
the Bhangra team trials at the University of Illinois
in fall 2006. Supreet was the team coordinator and was
auditioning new members. They met while doing what they
love most - dancing! After a few weeks they met again
at the Bhangra-Garba night on campus. This was their
second meeting, and they felt a special vibe. Eventually
they teamed up as dance partners in the Bhangra team.
What started as a series of casual hangouts, turned
into a special relationship and rest as the cliché goes is history.
They dated for a year
and a half and Aman was thinking of how and when to
pop the question. Supreet's birthday was near and she
unenthusiastically said she had no big plans for the
birthday. Supreet's best friend Carrie appeared to be
the perfect accomplice to hatch the plot. As per the
plan, on the birthday, Carrie took her out to the Signature
Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building
in Chicago. Aman reached there in hiding and texted
Carrie-she then told Supreet she had a surprise and
asked for a blindfold. Supreet thought Carrie is going
to surprise her with a birthday cake. As the blindfold
was removed, she saw Aman standing there with flowers
and a huge smile! Tears flowed down her cheeks as she
least expected him to be in the city - he had told her
he was outstation as he is attending a conference in
Champaign. The bigger surprise came when he went down
on one knee and popped the question. Supreet was so
dumbfound that it took her a while to say 'Yes'!
Everyone wanted the celebrations
to be in pucca Punjabi style: festive with lots of friends
and family members with days and days of singing, dancing
and eating. The celebrations started a week before the
Wedding day. Aman's family came from Punjab, and their
friends from all over the world to be part of the gala.
The day before the wedding, there was a traditional
Indian engagement ceremony followed by the Mehendi and
Sangeet-night- a colorful evening full of music and
dance at the Bride's home.
The Wedding ceremony and reception were held at the
same venue on July 18, 2009. Supreet and Aman had dreamt
of having a destination wedding. But having met at the
University of Illinois, they felt Champaign would be
the best city! After considering many venues Supreet
and Aman opted for I-Hotel, a new and beautiful venue
with a modern look and contemporary design.
Supreet and Aman spent several months planning the decoration,
lighting, menu, music and other details. The décor consisted
of a large circular mandap draped in soft cream cloth.
Amber lighting added to the warm feeling. Large tropical
arrangements of birds of paradise, anthurium, heliconias,
white hydrangeas, gold ting and crystals were the highlight.
Soothing semi-classical Indian music fused with contemporary
beats set the serene yet upbeat mood for the ceremony.
Evening cocktails were held on an outdoor patio and
commenced with a signature champagne cocktail designed
by Supreet. In contrast to the traditional wedding décor,
the reception décor had a more dramatic look with dark
purple, gold, crystals, and tropical flowers. The lighting
was dim with a touch of lavender. The tables were covered
in a shimmering purple and teal cloth giving the room
a very romantic feel. Gold and crystal tree arrangements
were placed on the tables and a large tree arrangement
was used for place cards. A customized logo with the
couple's initials illuminated the dance floor.
Since Aman and Supreet met and bonded because of their
passion for dancing, they wanted their First Dance to
be very special. They started with a classical Tango,
eventually opening into a passionate Bollywood dance
The reception was made even more memorable thanks to
their Videographers Mili
& Sid Ghosh, showcasing their "You and Me" video
- a music video shot throughout the summer in Chicago
that showcased their love story.
The night included special performances and speeches
- the bride's sister performed a solo routine, and the
groom performed with his cappella team- Chai-Town. Towards
the end, the entire crowd was singing the energetic
Punjabi number along with the singers. Finally both
Supreet and Aman performed with the team where they
first met- I-Bhangra! The dance floor exploded with
non-stop Bhangra while a group of DJs spun their magic!
most cherished and tense moments
I reached the wedding venue on the horse surrounded
by more than 100 friends and family who were dancing
to the live beats of dhol. I enjoyed every moment of
it and felt like a prince who had arrived to take his
bride. When she came and sat next to me in front of
the Granth Sahib a sudden gush of emotions filled me;
I felt at peace, serene, satisfied and complete. The
ensuing events were filled with explosive celebrations
that went on past midnight.
Through the wedding week, our house was full of family
from all over, lots of singing, dancing, and eating
fun-foods. It was a great feeling having everyone there
to celebrate such a big milestone with me. As the wedding
day approached, I started feeling how lucky I am to
have such a supportive and loving family. The feeling
escalated during the Doli (bride's goodbye to family)-and
it is my most cherished memory. My extended family had
gathered to bid goodbye, my parents were crying with
happiness and they were sad too! I felt so emotional
and scared to bid them farewell. I looked into Aman's
eyes and I knew he would make me happy always; I was
crying but I couldn't help but smile through my tears."
We wanted to spend a week at some exotic island where we could be by ourselves, play in the lagoons, swim with the fishes, and enjoy the natural beauty. Bora Bora was our obvious choice!
We would like to thank
& Sid Ghosh, Memories in Motion
Photograhpers: Bella Picture Company
DJ: DJ Elite Entertainment Co.
Decoration and lighting: Precision Sound and Lighting
Hall and Catering: iHotel, University of Illinois
Cake: 'Wedding Cakes by Rosie'
Photo Credits: MIli & Sid Ghosh, Memories in Motion