Two Parsippany High School sweethearts marry after 12 years

PARSIPPANY — Jay and Rasila Dhaduk and Atul and Savita Patel are proud to announce the wedding of their children, Radhika Dhaduk and Priyal Patel.

They held a pre-wedding function in the Madzabrook Community and a formal wedding celebration at “The Venetian” located in Garfield. Piyval’s younger brother, Adit, served as best man and Radhika’s younger sister, Nehal, was maid of honor.

Priyal and Radhika was married on their 10-year anniversary; a dream they’ve always had! They first met twelve years ago in Parsippany High School, right after she moved to into the area.

“It was a moment right out of the movies. He saw me walking down the hallway. He stared at me. I stared at him. The rest is history. We were best friends for a year, eventually leading us to fall in love. We officially started dating June 2, 2008 and then went off to different colleges in different states. I attended Long Island University for Pharmacy, while he attended Rutgers University for business. This is when the endless commuting began every single week for the next six years from NJ to NY and NY to NJ,” said Radhika.

The best part about our relationship is that we both live in Parsippany, five minutes from each other. This has made everything effortlessly convenient. Being the oldest children in both families, it wasn’t an easy task convincing our parents to let us date without being engaged or married. We are the first generation born in the United States, so it took some convincing.

However, the parents came around when they adopted their first puppy together, Ace. Now, both the families have such a strong relationship that they don’t deem it necessary to even invite us to their hangouts.

Priyal proposed to Radhika at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on June 25, 2016. They were on their eighth annual anniversary trip. Priyal flew out their closest friends and family to California to surprise Radhika; then he got down on his knees and proposed. It was one of the happiest moments of her life. Priyal had the entire weekend planned, which consisted of making a trip to Napa Valley; a place she had been dying to visit! Six months later, they held an engagement party and officially became engaged through Indian rituals.

The five-day wedding festivities started with a kick off party, Sangeet night, Mehndi, Garba, Manglik Prasango and Fuleku, leading up to the wedding and reception at The Venetian. There were over 600 people in attendance, which is a norm for most Indian weddings.

Wedding planning was very time consuming even though it was done over a span of two years. However, all the amazing vendors made the entire process facile. It was the best day of our lives with all of the people we care most about right by our side. We wouldn’t mind reliving it all over again. Their yorkie Ace has witnessed the relationship from the beginning, which is why they thought it would be perfect for him to be there on their special wedding day.

He became the ring bearer for his parents. Not many can say they are marrying their high school sweetheart, but the couple takes so much pride in saying they made it.

Radhika said “I knew he was a keeper when I first laid eyes on him twelve years ago, and here we are today; happily married.”