Praggy Rustagi to Joseph Barretto

After meeting through, Praggya and Joseph exchanged “I do’s” in Boston. “When I saw [Joe’s] profile for the first time, something just clicked for me,” says Praggya.  “I knew when I read about his interest in old movies and history, that this was someone I had to meet.”

Things continued to “click” after they met in person and eventually the couple was making wedding plans.

Choosing Boston as the location of their wedding was easy.  Joe is originally from Scituate and although Praggya grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, she has lived in Boston for almost ten years and wanted to share her “adopted home” with friends and family.

Praggya and Joe both enjoy modern styling and aesthetics and wanted a venue with a city view and lots of windows.  The Mandarin Oriental Hotel met both these criteria and the couple considered the Asian atmosphere “an extra bonus.”

“[The Mandarin’s] food and beverage department worked so hard with us to make all of our food perfect,” says Praggya.  “They also worked very well with our Indian caterer, Prakesh Reddy, which was a must-have for my half of the guest list.” Dinner was a “thali” meal, featuring a large plate with smaller dishes, incorporating individual parts of the main meal

Praggya was also thrilled with her dress and its sophisticated alterations.  A cathedral length veil added “the drama factor.” “I cried my eyes out walking down the aisle and when my parents handed me over to Joe,” says Praggya. “[Photographer] Jill caught some really lovely pictures of my parents hugging me and wiping my tears away.”

Exchanging rings was also a very emotional moment for the couple. “We officially became a unit in the eyes of society,” says Praggya. “Our relationship
was made permanent in that moment.”

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