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Cross-Cultural New Year’s Bash

Andrew Goodwillie & Sonia Tolani

Studio 450
December 31, 2010


As first-year medical students at NYU, Andrew Goodwillie, now 32, and Sonia Tolani, 35, began their relationship as just friends. Things took a turn for the romantic, however, when they shared a microscope in a lab class; Sonia had to help Andrew, who is color-blind, decipher the cell structures. The couple (both doctors now) dated for more than six years until May 2010, when Andrew proposed. From there, they planned a New Year’s Eve celebration that enabled out-of-town friends and relatives—his from Scotland, hers from India and Indiana—to turn the trip to New York into a winter vacation. “We wanted it to be more of a party,” says Sonia. “Our big thing was combining the Indian culture from my side with the Scottish culture from his.” The bride wore a vintage sari, and the groom wore a kilt, and after the ceremony, Sonia’s friends surprised her with a choreographed Bollywood dance. Says Sonia: “It was a perfectly blended smashup.”

The Details:


Bride's Sari: Vintage, from the bride’s mother
Groom's Kilt: Pipeline Celtic Themes
Hair: Jamie Cook at Whittemore House Salon
Music: D.J.Jeff Geisinger
Rental Décor: Party Rental Ltd.
Photographs: Sara Wight Photography

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