Patel and Jariwala

Published 7:00 am Sunday, January 1, 2017

Photographs by Zamana Lifestyles


Ajay Jariwala and Divya Patel met each other through family friends and went on their first true date in Atlanta after talking for three months on the phone.


Ajay was born in Salisbury, Md., but grew up in Greensboro, N.C. He was accepted at Campbell University in North Carolina and then attended University of Charleston School of Pharmacy in West Virginia for his pharmacy school.

Divya was born in Huntsville, but grew in Oxford. Divya went to Jacksonville State University and the University of Alabama.

Ajay and Divya had a long-distance relationship before he proposed in Washington, D.C., on July 18, 2015. He called and asked Divya’s dad, who he is totally scared of, for her hand in marriage.

He informed her family and made many trips to D.C. to prepare for this amazing proposal. He tried his hardest to keep everything a surprise, but Divya could read his face and see something was going on. She would never play poker with him.

When Ajay asked Divya to marry him, she said, “Aww babe, of course! And that is why you wanted Gee’s (grandmother) ring!” And then, of course, she gave him a hug!

She had always dreamed that the guy she married would find a way to get her grandmother’s ring to propose. She then called everyone to show off her amazing ring, which he custom made with an infinity sign.

The couple’s wedding was held May 14, 2016 at The Hyatt Regency, where the reception followed. The wedding was inspired by summer colors, but with elegance and class.

Wedding attire was a mixture of traditional and originality. The decorations were simple, but well designed and classy. The wedding party wore orange saris and red kurta suits to match Ajay’s wedding sherwani and Divya’s wedding lehngas.

After the wedding, Ajay and Divya left on a charter bus to head to Greensboro, N.C. to finish up with blessings from his parents. Then, they were off to St. Lucia to enjoy and relax for eight days by blue waters.


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