An Intimate, Colorful Beach Wedding in Long Beach, California

Vidya Kulavil (25 and an accountant) met Pinder Nijjar (29 and a soccer coach) on her first day on Tinder. “I literally matched and started talking to Pinder on the one and only day that I was an online dater,” Vidya says. After the two bonded over common friends, similar upbringings and dreams for the future, they began dating and fell in love. “Pinder is truly my soul mate,” Vidya says. “He embraces my weirdness and loves me for exactly who I am.” Two years later, Vidya and Pinder exchanged vows at sunset on the Long Beach peninsula in an intimate California ceremony in front of 32 guests. “We wanted to have a simple, modern wedding while incorporating some of our Indian traditions into it,” says Vidya, who paired her cap-sleeve, floor-length Badgley Mischka gown with a bouquet of vibrant sunflowers; Pinder sported a blue Hugo Boss suit and a maroon tie. “Reds and golds and bright colors are usually a part of any Indian color theme, so we incorporated these colors in as much as we could," says Vidya, who enthusiastically encouraged couples to follow their hearts and make the wedding day their own. “Just go for it," she says. "Don't let the constraints of society and of marriage hold you back from doing something you want to do. All you need are what's important: friends, family and your love for each other. And having a great setting and a fantastic photographer wouldn't hurt either!” —Carolyn Meers