Anish and Ginju, Gabe and I could not be happier for you. Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming wedding. So excited for this beautiful couple to start their lives together.
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If I can describe Anchechy in one word it would be backbone. Anchechy was the first person I met since I was born and has played such a vital role in my life since then. Words can never express how grateful I am to have such an inspiring, loving, protective, smart, absolutely beautiful lady to call my big sister and best friend. From childhood to adulthood Anchechy has been there for me and corrected my wrong doings to always ensure I was the best of me as I can be. We have had good times and bad but we have overcome it all and still remained so close (Sometimes too close its kind of scary) LOL JK! Anchechy, I cannot thank you enough for always being there for me! I love you so much!
If anyone knows Manju she is talented at everything and the nicest person you will ever meet kind of girl. Manju and I are 2 years apart but she Is my mother and sister all in one role. All my life when I needed someone the most Manju has always been there for me. Growing up with Manju was definitely a blessing; I truly aspire to be so well rounded just like Manju is. Manju has been my support system and my cheerleader. Through all of life’s successes and failures you have never failed in being there for me and picking me up and reminding me that life keeps going. Thanks for always being my saving grace. I love you so much and can’t wait to see what all God has in store for us!
Where there is a Nisha you know you are in for one heck of a night. I met Nisha when I was in 9th grade and I can honestly say I didn’t experience life until then. Nisha is my partna in crime, we did just about everything together and although we went our own separate ways in college distance was never a barrier for us. Nisha is that one friend that is so real but ever so loving. All the laughs, fights, tears, happiness, successes, failures, and life in general Nisha you have been there for me and never shut me out. Always know and never forget I will always be here for you through thick and thin. You may not want this but we are forever. <3 Your stuck with me!
Bester- This means Best Friend and Sister and that is exactly what Salini is to me. Our friendship started 13 years ago and although it started off both of us secretly hating each other I can honestly say I don’t know where I would be without her! There are many things I admire about Salini. Her faith in God, her do what you love mentality, and even though life throws some rocks in your face you always manage to smile and love. I can honestly say we have come a long way from hanging out at each other’s house and taking naps in amma’s van (I’m sure josh is still tormented from that) to being working and somewhat grown adults. We got to experience most of the biggest phases of our lives one after another from graduating high school and college, getting jobs, to getting married. I can’t wait to share the many more memories to come with you! Love you always!
Sherin is my twinkie bestie, so many people have confused me for her and vice versa. Here is a little secret it is a true honor to be confused as her. Such a talented, beautiful, smart, and loving girl.. come one who wouldn’t want to be Sherin? LOL Sherin and I have been friends for a while now but I don’t think are relationship blossomed until a couple years ago, when we basically lived at each other’s houses, did everything together, and would go out to eat just to eat. Sherin, I honestly don’t know anyone more genuine then you… you have given me some honest advices and shown me in more ways than one that we should live life for us and not to please others. You are truly such an amazing friend and I cannot wait to have so many double dates to come! Always remember and never forget I love you!
My poopie ( I know such a weird nickname)… this girl right here is pure entertainment.. Never a dull moment with you. Deepa, I love everything about you most of all your random sniff umma’s!!! Spending time with Deepa is always cherished because being around her you can feel the love. Deepa, you have been such a true friend and always had my back even when I somtimes didn't deserve it! You are always so willing to go an extra mile for those you love. Thanks for being my Indian stylist and being honest when something just does not look good. ☺ Poops with you going to med school in India and me being here, I knew our relationship would go a long way and we would remain best of friends. I love you crazy!
Tiby chechy is my cousin by blood but has always been a sister with open ears and shoulders through the good, bad, and ugly. Tiby chechy has such a strong faith in God and always reminds me every day that what God has planned for all of us no man can destroy. The one thing that I love about Tiby chechy is how she is so willing to try and venture out of her comfort zone. We have been on trips, dinner dates, and a bunch of other things together. I will never have enough thank yous for the countless amounts of prayers, love, support, and tears you have wiped for me. Tiby chechy, I am so excited for the future as both of us are getting married and the many more adventures to come maybe some of the adventures in the future we can include Stephen and Anish or maybe not!!!!!!!!! I love you so much!
Anju chechy and I go way back to my childhood when she came into Sanjai Chettie’s life and basically treated all of us like her own little cousin’s. Although we have known each other for a LONG time I didn’t really get to know her until after she married my big bro. Anju chechy is seriously so pure and loving and an amazing addition to our family. Anju Chechy, I learn so much from you and am so glad to have you a part of my life. Thanks for being my friend, advice giver, role model in profession and love, work out buddy, and someone who I can come to for anything. I love you so much and truly so blessed to have such an amazing person like you in my life.
My Christy kutty <3 I knew you were someone special from the moment I met you in the walmart isle! ;) LOL all jokes aside, you are truly so very special to me. I love you for always being so true and being okay with just putting life aside to spend time with me! ☺ I love our random happy hour dates and forcing me to spread my wings and fly outside of sugar land-my comfort zone. You have always been so supportive and stood right next in everything I do. I am so thankful for you and our relationship. I am looking forwards to the many more happy hour dates to come! Love you always and forever!
Ansu is the little sister that I never had but always wanted and Anish’s little cousin. From the moment I met her we connected and she has been there for me without fail since then. Although Ansu is younger than me I truly look up to her charisma and morals. She definitely has a good head on her shoulders and always knows the right things to say to make my day! Ansu, I cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us. I am looking forward to all the family parties to come. Love you so much and will always be there for you.
Anita is the adopted daughter to our family and the person who patched up the emptiness I felt when my sisters left for college. From teaching me how to drive, to taking me to school and picking me up, just so I wouldn’t be the only upperclassman on the bus and we can’t forget getting me all dolled up for homecoming and prom and being the best after party thrower alive ;) you were also a pretty good bouncer too! Haha! Anita has always been there for me and literally my go to person for everything. She has always been one call away. We have the typical big sister/little sister relationship and I am so happy to have you in my life. Thanks for always be there for me and loving me regardless of how bad I mess up! I love you so much!
We are Trenace and Ginju aka Watch us whip and nay nay and ju ju on that beat! ☺ So my encounter with Trenace was truly God’s plan. Walking into one of my last field placements before wrapping up under grad I see Trenace sitting in my field instructors office. We said our awkward hello’s and fast forward a couple of months Trenace was my guardian angel throughout grad school. Trenace, without you grad school wouldn’t have been the same, I would have been a loner with no friends sitting in class alone. I will always cherish our car rides to school jamming to old school music and just singing our hearts out. I can honestly say I can be myself around you and you never once cross judgment. I love how humble you are and how you are always there with a positive outlook on life. Thanks for being my friend and sister and always having my back! I love you to the moon and back. Always remember if you ever need someone to protect you from the bad guys with grapes… I got your back! <3 Excited for all the good times to come!
How about we get a little outside perspective on this whole ordeal…
Hi, we are Anju and Manju, Ginju’s older sisters, and we wanted to let you in on how this whole proposal went down…because as Anish will say, it was a “team effort”
Conveniently for us, Ginju is a planner….
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…and Anish, he may not act like it, ESPECIALLY with Ginju, but he’s crazy about her. After 8-9 years of dating someone, obviously she was important to him, and so some time in December, he said…
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Well, clearly we knew they were perfect for each other, when they picked the EXACT same ring…and so our proposal planning began…
Anish started talks going to fancy places in Italy to propose, but Chris gently brought him back down from Cloud 9 reminding him it was really Ginju’s proposal and his role was to purchase ring and propose…Somehow we ended up that Austin is where the proposal would happen. Close to home, but a little adventure as well ☺
We had previously planned a weekend in late February where Anish’s family was going to come over and Anchechy and Zaki would be coming home as well….so it seemed like a perfect weekend for Anish to propose. Zaki, as big as a fan of Texas as he is, had never been to Austin…we started a sibling chat and after some coaching,..
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From there, we planned everything down to the T… she told us once of a “dream” proposal, like literally, she dreamt it one night, and so we just took that and made it reality, but added small things to make it even more special and personalized, just for her. From asking permission to Achachen and Mommy, to the outfit she was going to wear, we started knocking things off the list…
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And before we knew, the weekend was here. We get to Austin on a Thursday night and it was like she was already proposed to and having the time of her life. Despite fair warning, our little Ginju came home that night, wanting to juggle cellphones and lemons. Clearly she had a great night ☺ but the rest of us were wondering how her morning would be.
Friday morning, Anchechy shows her this cute dress "she bought" that she thought would look great on Ginju. Ginju agrees to wear it, not having any idea it was actually the one Anish picked out for her…and though she took the struggle bus to brunch, we managed to have a good meal. Here is where I decide, I CANNOT leave Austin without going to campus and the Co-op. Our group splits- Anish, Zaki, and Chris go to prepare the proposal site, and I conveniently take my time taking sister pictures with the longhorn and browsing through the store. We eventually leave the store and Ginju starts to ask, “Do we have to go to Mount Bonnell today, I’m tired” and with a little irritation, I respond back, “I asked you what you wanted to do in Austin with Zaki, and you didn’t say anything, and Mount Bonnell is on my list, so we’re going., sorry liddle baby”
We get to Mount Bonnell, park the car, and as we are walking up to the steps, Ginju goes, “Oh that looks like Suresh’s car, and that’s like Sanu’s.”
PANIC, PANIC, PANIC- “Ginju, lots of people have those cars..”
“Yeah that’s true. Manju, do I really have to walk up all these stairs? No one wears sandals for stuff like this, and I’m really tired, can I stay in the car.”
Anchechy- “Come on Ginju koche” Manju- “you’re going to miss all our cute family pictures”
We start walking up the stairs, she starts seeing her pictures, “oh hey, that’s me” and little cards “huh?”, and Suresh, “bro what are you doing here”….BUT the tears aren’t there… In our heads, Chris, Anita, Anchechy, and I are like does she not know what’s happening? Is she not reading the cards? Oh no, she doesn’t like it!
Little did we know, that actually she was in a state of confusion, and was browsing at the writing…but then it hits…she get to the top of the stairs and mid way down the path, the song comes on…the one from her dream…at that moment, the princess finally figured out what was going on. Her prince was waiting for her, ready to start their future…and then the tears came <from both of them ☺>
A beautiful moment, at a beautiful place, to start a beautiful future as husband and wife <still such a crazy thought in our heads>
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Cheers to our little sister and brother! We are so happy that we have gotten to share your past, but can't wait share in your future!
You know the saying God puts the right people in your life at the right time? Well I strongly believe this is true because Anish was put into my life at the right time. I remember back in middle school seeing this Malayalee boy walking in the halls of Sugar Land Middle School (never imagining that same boy would end up being my dream come true). From observing from afar, he seemed like a pretty cool guy but being the shy girl that I am, I never took my chances and just stuck to my circle of friends. Fast forward 3 years here we are… entering high school and me ,of course, I wasn’t scared or nervous because I had my cool upperclassman sister to tag along with if I didn’t make any friends of my own. ☺ So here we are in the first day of high school and I was sitting in the gym just waiting to approach someone to make friends with… there is where I met Salini (now, one of my best friends) who thought she was so cool because her whole church went to our school and that is all she talked about. LOL I didn't know the people she kept talking about, but I do remember her mentioning a boy named Anish who was like her brother and wore the same red t-shirt with jeans a lot… Again, didn’t think anything of it and I went along with my life. Most of freshman year and sophomore year I stuck to my comfort zone which was hanging out with Manju and her friends… which to this day, I still do not regret!
The day had come and I was now in the 11th grade, and had to venture out and find my own circle of friends because Manju graduated… low and behold, I am sitting in Algebra class and kind of nervous because I absolutely hated math. I sat in the back of the class and to my surprise a Malayalee boy is sitting right next to me… We of course introduced ourselves and he goes, “Hey what’s up? I’m Anish.” I remember thinking to myself could this be the same Anish Salini talked about… maybe not because he isn’t wearing a red shirt… I didn’t think too much of it and just went on with class. As the year went by I started to see that Anish was really cool and slowly became one of my friends (plus he was really good in algebra and I thought that I might as well take advantage of the opportunity I got). ☺ Until that one day when he decided to crack a joke (or at least he thought it was a joke) and jokingly asked me one morning if I forgot to shave… shocked and kind of confused as to how he knew because I was wearing jeans.. I responded saying no? He then said not your legs fool im talking about your mustache. Absolutely pissed off I responded back NO and gave him the silent treatment for a good 6 weeks until our mutual friends in class begged me to speak to him again and so I did. The year went on and Anish and I ended up being in the same crew and started to see each other not just in school but when we hung out on the weekends… the friendship blossomed and he became my best friend… Someone who I talked to about my fears, frustrations, happiness, joy, and everything in between. Here we are senior year I saw some old friends and began the senior year journey… Time flew by as each day of senior year was memorable and it was PROM TIME… A couple of weeks before prom Anish asked me if I wanted to go to prom with him as Friends, I of course had no objection.. Prom was fun and definitely unforgettable.
The long awaited day was here and it was the last day of highschool.. I was really sad and not looking forward to it, because all of us were going our own separate ways… Our group of friends decided to have one last hangout and we all went to watch Pirates of the Carribean. Anish took me and dropped me back home. After the movies, he took a long way to my house and stopped at the neighborhood park. I was a little confused but just played along… He was talking and was saying so many sweet things and then asked me to be his girlfriend. I, ofcourse, again had no objection.
Scared and nervous of how things would end up, we began our journey as boyfriend and girlfriend on May 25, 2007. We of course had a lot of fun, made some amazing memories, endured a lot of trials and tribulations but through the Grace of God and our strong foundation of friendship, we overcame our battles. As the years passed I saw more and more that Anish was definetly one of my greatest blessings from God and pretty much knew he was the one for me. 9 solid years later, on February 26, 2016 to what I thought was just a random day of going on a sibling trip to Austin, ended up to be a dream come true. Anish proposed to me on Mount Bonell! Although that day was a little blurry all I remember was standing on top of the mountain with a perfect view and the perfect man standing right before my eyes. I walked over to him and it dawned on me that I was reliving a dream I had told Manju about 6 months before. I walked up to him and he was on one knee asking me to marry him, at that moment I couldn’t speak but I remember I nodded and here we are today months of away from the big day. ☺
As Anish, said on our proposal day, nearly 10 years in the making, cheers to a lifetime. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us and for forever to come.
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