On independence day 2023, Akshara and her parents visited Rahul's family home for the first time. It was a day filled with laughter, food, and fun as both families traded childhood stories of the future bride and groom respectively, all while gracefully ducking the Florida heat which felt ever-so present. However, while both families were chatting, Rahul told everyone he was going to take Akshara to visit all of his favorite spots in town and have Akshara back safe and sound within the next few hours. As they both were getting ready to hop in the car, Rahul had an idea. "Wouldn't it be great to head to the backyard to see our magnificent garden? It even overlooks a sprawling lake and maybe we can spot an alligator or two!" "No thanks!" Akshara replied, "I'm not the biggest fan of alligators." But despite her reluctance, Rahul convinced her to follow him to the garden. As Akshara walked through the enchanting assortment of jasmine flowers, mango trees, and luscious green grass Rahul said something shocking. "Look out at the lake! There are two alligators swimming our way!" "What!" Akshara said. "Are you kidding me, where?" Caution turned to curiosity which then turned to disappointment as Akshara could not find what she was looking for. "You said there are alligators in your back lake and I can't find them. Where..." As Akshara turned around she found something else in the middle of that garden. Rahul on one knee, a ring in his hand, and a "will you marry me" right after :) We're so excited to celebrate this next chapter in our lives with you. See you in good ole' Tampa!