Real Weddings: Vidya Pai and Harshith Avula

Storybook bliss.

Storybook Bliss: Vidya Pai and Harshith Avula

Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery, Pleasanton

It doesn’t get much more storybook than a groom arriving on a noble white horse, and a bride adorned in magnificent silks in rich colors, jeweled embroidery, and roses.  

That dream came true for Vidya Pai and Harshith (Hershey) Avula, who wed in a traditional Indian-Hindu ceremony under a gold and silver mandap overseen by Agni, the Hindu god of fire. Every exquisite detail was in place, down to the lavish mehndi, henna lacework tattoos on the bride’s hands and feet that took more than four hours to craft.

Vidya was born and raised in Walnut Creek, while Hershey called Fresno home. The two met in 2009 at medical school at the UC San Diego, when they were introduced at the birthday party of a mutual friend.

For their wedding and dance-filled reception at Pleasanton’s Casa Real four years later, they looked to their South Indian culture, and then enlisted Vidya’s mother to pull the joyous event together.


Bridal Gown: Ordered through Sari Palace, Berkeley  |  Cake: Cake Creations by Bev, Livermore  |  Caterer: Turmeric Restaurant, Sunnyvale  |  Entertainment: Envy Soundz, Fremont  |  Flowers: Victoria’s Florals and Event Design, San Francisco  |  Hair/Makeup: Christal Caladiao, Fremont  |  Henna: Ravie Kattaura, Fremont  |  Invitations:  |  Photographer/Videographer: Wedding Documentary, Los Gatos  |  White Horse: Vintage Carriage Company, Lincoln