Neelam and Arijit

Saint Helena, California



Photographer | Christophe Genty Photography | @christophegentyphotography

Location | Newton Vineyard | @newtonvineyard

From the Photographer

Romantic fall proposal in the Napa Valley. Anyone looking for fantastic wines, a romantic and intimate place with amazing views? Don’t look further! Newton Winery in St Helena is just the place for you. I had the chance to help Arijit to choose the special place in the Napa Valley to propose to Neelam. And all turned out well. She was thrilled beyond belief that he thought about every detail to make this an experience to remember and cherish. As they look back at those photos, they will see more of how this day makes them feel and that’s why I do what I do! Big thank you to Maria and all the team of Newton Winery to make their dream come through.


Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

At the University of Texas during our sophomore year! We were both members of the same organization on campus.


What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. What makes your relationship unique?

We both love to travel. Arijit is the biggest foodie and I love meeting new people on our adventures. From Tokyo, Mexico City to San Sebastián, these are just some of the incredible places we’ve had the fortune of visiting. We’ve made amazing memories traveling the world together.


How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship?

I’m not sure there was one specific moment for us, but rather the amount our friendship and love continued to expand year after year, and trip after trip. We’re so lucky to have grown both individually and as a couple!


Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

We’d been planning a vacation to Napa Valley for a few months. Arijit had a week off from his residency program, and we were so excited to reunite and do our favorite thing together, eat! We drove in from San Francisco and I was curious as to why Arijit was in such a hurry to get to our first tasting at Newton Vineyard, before google maps even showed it was open for the day. As soon as we arrived I was blown away by the beautiful landscape. We walked through the vineyard and Arijit paused so we could “take some pictures.” Before I knew it, he was down on one knee! We celebrated with amazing wine tastings and delicious food. As cheesy as it might sound, it was truly the most romantic and perfect day. When we got back into the city, the fun continued when our families surprised us and we explored San Francisco with them!


We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

I love it. It’s so timeless and classic, but more importantly, every time I look at it, I’m reminded of that magical day!


Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

Yes! We couldn’t be more thrilled to start this new chapter. From graduating college, starting new jobs, finishing medical school, to countless adventures around the world and a cross-country move – we can’t wait to celebrate with all our loved ones.