Rosanna “Rosie” Jhawar could have searched the world over for a perfect match, but she didn’t have to look much further than her own backyard.
Although they grew up in the same community in Southern California, Rosie didn’t really notice Raj Sangha when they were kids. In fact, when she snagged a seat next to a cute guy in the computer lab at the University of California, Riverside, in 2002, she didn’t even realize that he was the same chubby, shy boy who had been friends with her cousins. Raj didn’t waste much time re-introducing himself.
“I CAN’T REALLY PINPOINT WHAT BUT I KNEW SHE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL…SOME SORT OF ENERGY OR SOMETHING WAS KIND OF PULLING ME TOWARDS HER” RAJ SANGHA
“I can’t really pinpoint what but I knew she was something special…some sort of energy or something was kind of pulling me towards her,” Raj said.
“We became friends and were close and there was an attraction, but we weren’t dating until two years later,” Rosie said, “ those two years we were basically inseparable.
They waited several years before they shared the news with their parents. “We didn’t tell them we were dating for a while, because in our culture when you tell your parents, you get married,” Rosie explained.
After their relationship became official, Rosie left for medical school in India and was only able to come home twice a year. While she focused on school, Raj pursued his goal of becoming a successful businessman.
“It was difficult, but the good thing is that our families were kind of already intertwined so there was a lot of family support,” Raj said.
When Rosie was home on break in June 2010 the pair jetted to Napa for a romantic day that began with massages and culminated in an intimate proposal on the terrace of Domaine Carneros Winery where Raj presented Rosie with a two carat princess cut diamond ring.
Although Rosie was half a world away during the eighteen months it took to plan the wedding, she trusted in Raj, who, with a little help, coordinated the fairy tale event of her dreams.
Raj arrived at the Sikh Temple of Riverside on a white horse on May 25, 2013. He will always cherish the enchanting vision of his beautiful bride in an intricate red and gold sari by noted designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Rosie too was filled with emotion as she knelt alongside Raj as they became man and wife with a thousand guests looking on.
“I felt like I was waiting so long for this day,” Rosie said, “I just felt like it was a dream.”
The following day six hundred guests attended the reception at Hyatt Regency Orange County. Rosie didn’t have a clue of what to expect, but, knowing Raj’s flare and impeccable taste as she does, she knew the reception would only top her wildest dreams.
“He’s the most generous person I think I’ve ever met,” Rosie said. “There’s nothing in this world he wouldn’t do for me.” The happy couple then traveled to Bora Bora for a decadent ten-day honeymoon. “Imagine, we’ve never traveled together before,” Rosie said.
Ceremony Location: Sikh Temple, Riverside, CA; Reception Location: Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, CA; Caterer: Manohar’s Delhi Palace, La Puente, CA; Cake: Rima Assaf, Orange County, CA; Floral and Event Design, Planner and Linen: Kismet Events, Fullerton, CA; Rentals: Raj Tents, Los Angeles, CA; Lighting: Bass Face Sounds, Los Angeles, CA; Stationery: Pences Design Studio, Fullerton, CA; Stationery: Taj Printers, Chandigarh, India; Wedding Dress: Sabyasachi Mukherjee, New Delhi, India; Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman; Groom’s Ceremony Tuxedo: Diwan Saheb; Groom’s Reception Tuxedo: Hugo Boss; Groom’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Photography: Samuel Lippke Studios, Long Beach, CA