Deanna Tufano & Anuj Khanna
September 7-9, 2016 in Napa, California
Deanna Tufano and Anuj Khanna first met seven years ago, while studying at Columbia University. Although it wasn’t love at first sight, the two lived on the same floor of their freshman dorm and became good friends during their spring semester.
“I loved that Anuj was a huge foodie with a passion for strange ingredients,” Deanna says. “In fact, on our first date at Sushi Yasuda in NYC, he made me try abalone guts. It was as disgusting as it sounds, but I forced it down after having made the comment that I would try anything once. He was impressed that I would be so adventurous, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.”
Before their wedding, Deanna and Anuj spontaneously tied the knot in September of 2015. Still wanting to have a celebration with their family and friends, the planning process for a three-day destination wedding in Napa began a few weeks after. The couple wanted the vibe, décor and food to be unique with each event, which required hours of research and brainstorming.
“Our event at Solage was the piece de resistance of the whole wedding,” Deanna describes. “From the décor to the band, it was spectacular.”
The bride and groom drove up to their ceremony in an antique 1948 Packard limousine, and the groom’s father served as their “unofficial officiant.” Having him speak about their love and journey was a particularly sentimental part of the day.
For their first dance, the “newlyweds” danced to “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall and Oats. They had chosen the song a year prior, but never practiced their dance. Minutes before the big moment, Anuj said, “Let’s do something out of the box,” and the couple improvised the whole dance – a hit for the guests, who thought the whole number was rehearsed.
“Looking back, we truly had an elegant, unforgettable wedding,” says Deanna. “Napa was the perfect setting for everyone to come together and celebrate. We will never forget the love and happiness we felt being surrounded by our closest family and friends.”
>Written by: Lauren Malamala