Introducing the incredible and heartwarming Hotel Del Coronado Lavish Wedding of Suman and Dain!
Oh my goodness, just wait ’til you read Dain’s retelling of their love story:
an ode to suman by dain
I know this is supposed to be “our story” but I’m going a bit rogue here. This is our story. But it’s entirely from my perspective. So let’s call this more of an ode to Suman:
I have always been drawn towards Suman. She’s hatke, and she marches to the beat of her own drum. She’s smart, funny, compassionate, and genuine. She’s fierce and loyal. She has a bottomless heart. This list goes on. But she has this intangible quality about her. I don’t know how to best explain this, but I know many of you feel it too. She has this ineffable quality that inevitably draws wonderful people and goodness into her life.
I vividly remember the first time I ever saw Suman. August 2014, just started medical school. I was standing in the lobby of Meiling Hall, and out of the corner of my eye passes this tall woman with long, dark, beautiful hair trailing behind her. I will always remember that moment, my first mental snapshot of her.
I remember the first time standing face-to-face and talking to her at our medical school’s activity fair. It was brief, but I still remember.
I remember our first true conversation. It was actually a meditation exercise where two people take turns sharing—one person expressing what’s on their mind and the other person simply listening. I guess it wasn’t a conventional conversation, but it was a start. The first time we shared a meaningful connection.
We had several common interests—integrative medicine, wellness, and ultrasound—and occasionally spent time together during my first year of medical school. We would see each other at meetings, meditation sessions, yoga classes, etc.
Starting in the fall of 2015, I started to see Suman on a more regular basis. I would say this is when our friendship truly started to blossom. At first, we would generally meet up and work on various projects. Then it became normal to occasionally grab dinner or drinks. We settled into the comfort of each other’s presence and got to share our intimacies and intricacies.
The spring of 2016 brought about a change in our relationship. It’s a little convoluted and serendipitous so I’ll just leave it at this: basically one day I took the opportunity to open up and tell Suman some of my deepest feelings. I expressed how much I valued our friendship and how much I loved and cared about her in many capacities. I told her I was grateful for her friendship and that I was also drawn to her in a sense of companionship. Oddly enough, I had never truly recognized or processed these feelings—or even admitted to myself since we had become friends.
Somewhere, somehow, part of what I said resonated with Suman. Because she decided to give us a chance. It wasn’t a seamless journey, but boy did we hit the ground running.
Next thing I know, it was May of 2017. So many things had happened in the past year. Many date nights—both cooking at home and eating out at our favorite restaurants. Numerous other memories that only the two us will hold dear. We had gone on our first international adventure together: Paris and Brussels. Suman, like all other 4th year medical students, had gone through the interview process and matched at a program in Brooklyn to start her training in Emergency Medicine.
And here we were, May 2017, sitting in a park talking about wedding rings. That summer, we go shopping together at a number of jewelry stores, “just to browse” through the different options. After Suman moved to New York, I went ahead and bought her ring.
Then on November 3, 2017 I got a phone call that changed my life. At that moment, the only thought on my mind was that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with the one who had been through so much with me—shared in both the joys and pains, the laughter and tears. The one who taught me (let’s be honest, it was more like forced) to actually communicate with another human being. Who continually encourages me and inspires me daily. Who fills my heart up beyond capacity until I am nothing but love and gratitude. The best teammate I could have ever hoped for.
That night I sat in her living room and waited for her to get off work. We talked about how our days went and she sat down next to me on the couch. I wrapped my arms around her and basked in the comfort of our oneness. Our home, our natural state—in each other’s arms. At that moment I got up, grabbed her ring, and sat back down. Then I ask her to spend her life with me. I had been thinking about this moment all evening but couldn’t find the words at the time to tell her exactly how much she means to me. I’m still working on that whole communication thing—it’ll be a life-long work in progress.
But despite all my shortcomings, she still said yes!
And now it’s 2019 and here we are. So many adventures, so many memories. Most of them just for the two of us—to hold close to our hearts with fondness. Looking back, I still think of several heart-felt but serious discussions we had before settling into our relationship. From the outset we committed to being partners and teammates, supporting each other above all else. Neither of us is perfect but we have always held true to our intentions. She has been there by my side, unwavering, helping me grow and growing with me. She’s my pillar. The center of my universe.
I will end our story with this. Long ago I told Suman about this nagging fear of mine: that I would die alone. Maybe I’ve always struggled with self-love. Maybe it is difficult for me to wholly accept love from others and to feel deserving of their companionship. But now I can say this fear is a distant memory—there is not a trace of it left. In my heart I will never again feel alone. And as long as I have a shred of existence in this world, neither will she.
I love you, Roshni.
the wedding day
Wasn’t that love story by Dain incredible? One of the best we have ever heard. After reading that, we could NOT wait for their wedding celebrations.
They were truly unforgettable.
Suman and Dain, we cried…absolutely cried at way too many parts of your wedding. It truly was an experience that we were just blessed to be able to witness. Thank you so much for the honor of trusting your special day to us. We pray blessings of joy and love and a lifetime together, my dears <3
With all our hugs and love,
The DPARK Family
Coronado Wedding vendors
- photo | D. Park Photography | @dparkphoto
- film | Russell John Films | @russelljohnfilms
- venue | Hotel del Coronado |@melthedel 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
- planner | Lavish Wedding | @lavishwed
- officiant | Pundit Ravi Trivedi
- dj | Special Occasions | @sodjla
- florist | Three Petals | @threepetalsdesign
- caterer | Mantra Restaurants | @sumitsharma_mantra
- hair and makeup | Sakina | @peacelovesakina
- bridesmaids make up & hair |Love P Beauty | @lovepbeauty
- henna| Henna San Diego | @hennasandiego
- glassware rentals | Exclusive Event Party Rental
- rentals | Nfp Rentals
- linen rentals | Apr Event Rentals | @aprboutiqueevent
- cake | Hans & Harry’s Bakery | @hansandharry
- baraat horse | Enchanted Carriage
- photobooth | Special Occasions | @sodjla