A Vibrant Interfaith Wedding at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts
Surbhi Godsay (28, a Ph.D. student in community and applied social psychology at University of Maryland Baltimore County) and Zach Lipkin-Moore (28, an internal medicine resident at Boston Medical Center) met for the first time on the Internet, but not in the way you'd expect. Surbhi was video chatting with her best friend Neena while, unbeknownst to Surbhi, Neena's friend Zach was in the room. "I've known Neena my entire life, so naturally, I was being fully transparent with her about how my day was," recalls Surbhi. "In an exasperated way, I remember saying, 'I'm such a loser— it's Tuesday night, and I’m just sitting here, playing guitar and drinking a beer.' Then all of a sudden, Zach popped his head into the screen. It caught me off guard, but we immediately hit it off." After a year and a half together, Zach popped the question the day Surbhi finished her GRE exam. On their way to a celebratory dinner, they came across a private gazebo where they decided to sit for a moment before heading to the restaurant. "I can’t remember what Zach said, because it was all a wonderful, joyful blur," says Surbhi. The couple decided on Fruitlands Museum for the summer wedding after falling in love with its stunning view of Nashoba River Valley. Plus, it provided the perfect mix of indoor and outdoor spaces if it rained. Surbhi and Zach planned vibrant, interfaith affair that combined traditional elements from their two cultures—Jewish and Hindu— and sentimental details into a theme they called "Hindu rustic".