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Something Special – Real Wedding of A+J

March 2, 2016

Anjuli and John met nine years ago in the summer of 2006. They were both working for then-U.S. Senator Clinton of New York. Anjuli was a health care case worker in Clinton’s New York Senate office, and John worked at Clinton’s Political Action Committee in Washington. John needed help joining the 9/11 health program (he had worked for FEMA at Ground Zero after September 11th), someone suggested he talk to Anjuli, and the two started a conversation that continues to this day.

When Anji said she was moving to Washington to attend Georgetown Medical School, John offered to buy her a drink and show her around town. They met, hit it off, and became dear friends but nothing romantic developed. They developed a strong foundation in friendship, they both journeyed through jobs, graduate school, and life events.

In summer 2013, John was living in Bologna, Italy finishing his dissertation while Anjuli was in Washington serving as pediatrics chief resident at Georgetown. When John came to Washington for a visit, the two met for another drink, and this time dinner, and admitted their feelings for each other. Neither of us remembers exactly who said what first, but we both knew it was the start of something special.

When Anjuli visited John in Italy that fall (our fourth date!), the two shared many adventures – an emergency room visit, a trip to Tuscany, a car breakdown, and great laughs and conversation through them all and over many delicious meals. After Anjuli whirlwind visit to Italy, John sailed home at Christmas intent on life with Anji.

On their first New Year’s Day together, John and Anji took a walk downtown, shared black-eyed peas for good luck, and reflected on their year. We built a life together, supporting each other through the completion of our respective residency and dissertation. We got to know each other’s friends and families. We traveled to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Italy again, and New Jersey.

On their second New Year’s Day together, John suggested taking that same walk as part of a new tradition – he proposed to Anjuli on Memorial Bridge in Washington D.C….the rest is history!

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John’s father built the APhA Building, so the building had personal connection and meaning for the couple.

 

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Anjuli Srivastava and John Gans, Jr.

September 2015 | Washington, D.C.

Event Planner: Tabitha Roberts, Roberts+Co Events | Florist: Shelly Bagdasian, B Floral and Event Design | Reception Location: Potomac View Terrace, American Pharmacist’s Association Building | Ceremony Location: St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church | Catering Company: Occasions Caterers | Photographer: Jennifer Domenick, Love Life Images | Cake + Desserts: Fancy Cakes by Leslie | Hair + Makeup: Carola Myers | Invitations and Day-Of Paper Company + Brand: Brewed Engravers | Entertainment Company + Selected Entertainer: Washington Virtuosi for the ceremony; Miles Stiebel, MSE Productions for the reception | Wedding Colors: Navy and Purples | Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier from Hitched Salon | Invitations + Day of Print: The Dandelion Patch 

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