Avani and Naresh

How We Met

We first met on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel. Our first date consisted of a vegetarian Thai dinner and then a really fun night out in Tampa Bay’s SoHo district.

How He Asked

Weeks before the proposal day, Naresh’s friend sent an email invitation for his birthday party at the top of the Aloft hotel in downtown Tampa Bay. Coincidentally, on the same day as the party, a different friend of ours who runs a hair and makeup studio invited me to participate as an “Indian model” during training for her new artists. Naresh and I decided to meet at the Aloft hotel for the birthday after my beauty session. On my way to the hotel, Naresh called to tell me he had just gotten to the birthday and that a guy at the entrance would lead me to a special location for the occasion. When I arrived at the front, I found it odd to be met by a photographer. I followed him up to the top floor of the hotel. As soon as I opened the door to the penthouse, I knew there was no birthday party. The room was filled with red balloons, hearts, roses, candles and my favorite Ferrero Rocher chocolates.

Avani's Proposal in Aloft Tampa Downtown

The photographer had me sit down to watch a video on the TV filled with sweet messages recorded by our families and photos of us together. Halfway through the video, I was confused why I was watching this alone while the photographer was snapping pictures of my reactions. I legitimately thought my fiancé was late to his own proposal. I couldn’t even concentrate on the video because I kept gazing around the penthouse for him… but at the end of the video, there was Naresh, telling me to come out to the balcony. <iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/iQ2T09KmIkk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> I followed a trail of roses from the TV couch to the balcony. Another pathway outside led me to Naresh, who was on one knee in a heart shaped bed of petals bordered by candles. He said a few words about how it had been exactly 364 days from the day we first met and how his life had completely changed for the better. It was such a sweet and thoughtful proposal, and of course I said YES!

Avani and Naresh's Engagement in Aloft Tampa Downtown

But it didn’t end there… After an immediate photo session with the photographer around Tampa’s Riverwalk, we returned to the penthouse, where about 30 of our close family and friends secretly gathered for a surprise engagement celebration! This was actually more of a surprise than the proposal!!! Some of our family drove or flew in from out of town. Other friends FaceTimed into the event. There was dinner, drinks, dessert, and lots of love.

We celebrated the night and even had the hotel bar downstairs blocked off for our group. Naresh, his parents and I then spent the rest of the weekend in Orlando at a resort near Disney to keep the festivities going. My fiancé definitely made sure the proposal was one to remember for everyone involved! #Narvani2018

Our Video

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Special Thanks

Rafael Conner
Photographer
Ben Struble
Videographer
Lakshmi Sastry | 
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