Eric Olmon proposed to Chethana Kulkarni by driving her to all the locations in Pasadena that had played a significant role in their love story.
“We went to her old apartment, the cafe where I first saw her, the lily pond on campus where we would sit and talk after band rehearsal, and finally Dabney Garden at Caltech, where we first met,” Olmon said. “At each location, I left a note and a rose. In Dabney Garden, I sang her a song and presented her with a ring that I had designed myself. And then she said yes!”
Kulkarni, 28, and Olmon, 29, were married on June 16 at the Maxwell House in Pasadena with 80 guests attending. Kulkami is American of Indian descent, and it was important to the couple that both cultures were represented on their wedding day.
"Our wedding day included a Hindu ceremony as well as a Vow & Ring Exchange and we were so fortunate to have our families participate fully in both. Since the Hindu ceremony was first, we were officially married by the start of the vow and ring exchange, so we walked down the aisle together," Kulkarni said. "To represent both our cultural backgrounds we had live Indian musicians perform during the appetizer break between the two ceremonies and then we had a live band, Lounge-O-rama, play at our reception. The band includes some members who work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, some of whom Eric and I have also played with in the concert and jazz bands at Caltech."