They Met at Princeton, Flirted at Columbia, and Fell in Love at Harvard

Rohini Rao and Anuraag Suhrid Prikh wed in May 2017

All Photography by Erum Rizvi Photography

Rohini Rao and Anuraag Parikh became good friends as students at Princeton, but sparks didn’t fly until they were at medical school at Columbia. Even so, the timing wasn’t quite right. Fate took charge when their residency matches landed them at the same small eye-and-ear infirmary at Harvard. Halfway through that first year, Anuraag invited Rohini to a party, and they’ve been together ever since. After a decade of friendship and two years dating, Anuraag hatched an elaborate plan to propose. Under the guise of seeing a Book of Mormon matinée on New Year’s Day, the duo flew to New York City. En route to pre-show cocktails, Anuraag suggested a detour through Madison Square Park where, unbeknownst to Rohini, their siblings were waiting. By the fountain, Anuraag got down on one knee.

Wedding festivities began with a traditional Indian sangeet in the ballroom, where the couple skipped traditionally bright colors in favor of blues and whites. At the garden-inspired ceremony, Rohini’s brother walked her down the aisle and the couple honored the memory of Anuraag’s dad by serving guests pistachio ice cream. At the reception, decorated to feel regal with an edge, the newlyweds shared their first dance to “Your Song” by Elton John and “Cheek to Cheek” by Frank Sinatra.

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Rohini Rao & Anuraag Suhrid Parikh | Erum Rizvi Photography | NM1_21
Rohini Rao & Anuraag Suhrid Parikh | Erum Rizvi Photography | NM2_21.1

The Details:

Photography: Erum Rizvi Photography | Venue: Trump International Hotel | Event Planning: Ace of Events | Design, Decor, & Florals: Vikram Panicker from Elegant Affairs | Caterer: Moghul Caterers (New Jersey) | Bride’s Attire: Tarun Tahiliani (sangeet); Sabyasachi (ceremony); Manish Malhotra (reception) | Groom’s Attire: Shyamal & Bhumika (sangeet); Tarun Tahiliani (ceremony); Michael Andrews Bespoke (reception) | Music: Sumanth (ceremony); Bachelor Boys Band (reception) | Draping: Fabrication Events | Lighting: PSAV | DHOL Player: Avneet Basra | Glass Tables: DaVinci Event & Furniture Rentals

Amy Moeller
Editor, Washingtonian Weddings

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.