On a crisp fall day in 2006, Villanova University freshman Brittany Parisi met fellow student Meet Doshi, a dorm-building neighbor, microeconomics classmate, and unbeknownst to her, future husband. The suburban campus, located outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, lent itself as the backdrop to a budding romance between the pair—he, of East Indian decent and she a Catholic of Irish and Italian decent. The smitten couple walked to class together every day, exchanging smiles and personal details.
For Meet, there was no denying how special Brittany was, even in the early stages of their getting acquainted. “I was blown away by how smart and cute she was; she had looks and brains!” And Brittany: “I knew that I had met my best friend.”
It didn’t take Meet long to muster the courage to ask Brittany out on a first date, the setting of which was an Italian restaurant, Fellini’s (now closed) which became a regular venue for them during their college days. “On the train ride back to campus after dinner, Brittany spilled her left-over pasta all over my pants and ended up washing them with stain remover that night. It should have been an embarrassing moment but we both thought it was hilarious.”
Throughout the next few years, the couple continued to spend the semesters together, talking, laughing and learning about each other, but it wasn’t until their third year of university that they realised they couldn’t spend their lives without each other. “During that spring semester, Brittany studied abroad in Geneva,” says Meet. “It was the longest time we had been apart. I went to the airport with her parents to pick her up and when she finally came through arrivals, we hugged for the first time in months and I knew I wasn’t going to let her go again.”
For Brittany, it was Meet’s encouragement that made the difference to her.
“He continually pushed me to pursue what I needed to do,” she explains. “Whether it was studying abroad or joining the Teach for America corps, Meet was always supportive of what was best for us as a team, even if it meant spending time apart.”
Following their university years, Brittany and Meet continued their relationship, resulting in one very special New Year’s Eve when Meet got down on one knee in Southampton, New York, and asked Brittany to be his forever. After she accepted his offer, the newly engaged couple spent the rest of the evening celebrating with champagne and cupcakes and close college friends.
When the couple began planning their impending nuptials, they agreed that the most important aspect was combining their respective religions and backgrounds. For Meet, that meant reflecting his East Indian culture and traditions and Hinduism, and for Brittany, it involved incorporating a Catholic ceremony and Irish and Italian traditions. “We had a tough time defining our vision for our wedding at first,” admits Brittany. “After researching endlessly, we couldn’t find examples of multi-ethnic weddings that didn’t split the wedding into two days or lean heavily on one culture. It was important to us to have one wedding day and reflect our shared identity as a couple. A destination wedding was the best solution—neutral ground!”
The location of their destination wedding was a no brainer. “Bermuda was our first vacation together and we love the refined and relaxed feel of the island. Plus, it was close enough to the northeast US for our family members and friends to travel.”
With both Hindu and Catholic ceremonies planned for the same day, with a reception to follow, Brittany and Meet were tasked with creating cohesiveness, something that would tie everything together—for which they drew inspiration from the island backdrop. “We leaned into the clean, classic theme of Bermuda, with navy and white and nautical accents as the overall theme for the day,” the couple explains. “We let each ceremony shine with its own respective traditions, but weaved them together throughout the day in order to create a cohesive experience that would reflect our style as a couple.”
On May 23, 2015, Brittany and Meet were married—first in a traditional Hindu ceremony at Astwood Park, followed by an afternoon Catholic service at St. Michael’s Church. Dressed in traditional attire for each respective ceremony, Brittany and Meet were joined by 60 friends and family from around the world to celebrate their union as husband and wife.
In addition to holding distinct Hindu and Catholic ceremonies, the couple incorporated traditions from their respective cultures throughout the day, including a traditional Irish blessing during their Catholic ceremony, an East Indian mother-son dance called dandiya raas, and Indian and Italian dishes served during cocktail hour and dinner.
A reception at Beau Rivage, Newstead Belmont Hills, followed the ceremonials, with cocktail hour on the patio and dinner on the veranda overlooking Hamilton Harbour.
Planning such a detail-oriented destination wedding was no easy feat but Brittany and Meet insist the task was made easier by not investing in aesthetic details. “Not being from Bermuda, our guests were more impressed by the natural beauty of the surroundings and the general experience of the day. Most probably, they don’t remember what the centrepieces looked like but they still talk about the sunset over the harbour during dinner.”
Written by Gabrielle Boyer
Photography by Two+Quarter Studios