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Tie the Knot: Alex & Rishi Patel, April 2 & 3, 2022

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Alex DiCapo Patel, 33, graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, with a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science. Following university, Alex moved to Los Angeles to begin her career in public relations, where she later met her husband. After seven years in sunny LA, Alex relocated with her now-husband to New York, where they reside in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.

Rishi Patel, age 35, graduated from Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England, with a bachelor of honors in marketing, design, and communication.

“We met on Bumble,” Alex laughs. “I sent him a message that said ‘Happy Hump Day’ and the rest is history!”

For his proposal, Rishi planned the ultimate day date. “I had no idea that we were getting engaged,” Alex remembers. “We started our day with brunch at Sadelle’s. I am bagel obsessed, so any day that starts with lox and a bagel is already a great day. After breakfast we went to the Museum of Natural History, which was somewhere I wanted to visit since moving here. I had the fondest memories of going with my dad and sister as a young girl. Then we went for a stroll in Central Park, which is where he popped the question. After I said ‘Yes!’ our friends met us at Tavern on the Green for a late lunch to celebrate.

Alex and Rishi tied the knot October 9, 2020, April 2 and April 3, 2022. “We were civilly married at Loose Park in the Rose Garden in October 2020, with close family in attendance, and U.S. Representative Emanuel Cleaver as our officiant; he was a friend of my late grandfather Carl J. DiCapo. The plan was to get married in front of our family and friends one year later to the day on October 9, 2021, when COVID restrictions ceased. But COVID had other plans,” Alex shared.

“After months of planning, we brought our families and friends together in the U.K. over three days, April 1, 2 and 3, 2022, in Suffolk, England, at the beautiful Wilderness Reserve,” she continued. “On Friday night we welcomed guests with cocktails and casual fare, allowing our friends and family to mix, mingle and become better acquainted.

“We were so excited to bring our two worlds together and celebrate our diverse backgrounds and religions, dedicating a full day of celebrations to both. Saturday was the Jewish ceremony and Sunday was the traditional Indian ceremony. In reviewing the two ceremonies, we saw many parallels. For example, both ceremonies take place under a four-post structure. When working with our florist for the two separate ceremonies we thought it would be lovely to use the same structure, with our chuppah from Saturday redesigned to become our mandap for Sunday. While both ceremonies were uniquely different, we loved having the two tied together by this meaningful structure.

“Sunday, guests were welcomed back to Sibton Park for the Hindu ceremony. Guests arrived in traditional Indian attire and were welcomed with pre-ceremony snacks and music by traditional Bollywood strings. The ceremony involved both families and friends; following the ceremony, guests moved outdoors to enjoy Indian cuisine and traditional Indian dancing until the sun set on another beautiful day.”

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