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The newlyweds Hiren and Casey Joshi with their parents Richard and Merrilee Espinosa (left) and Rakesh and Shoba Joshi right.

HOUSTON: Both are big sports fans in Houston, and they mostly followed each other on Twitter. One night five years ago they were both at a Houston Rockets game and Casey texted Hiren and he suggested they meet. The chemistry was right immediately and they decided to meet the following week at Discovery Green, a park near the Toyota Center. They were walking around ordering food and sitting down to talk and before they knew it it was 5 hours and a security guard told them the park was closed for the night! In those 5 hours it became clear how much they had in common. They shared respect for their parents, love for their families, and devotion to their friends.

Fast forward to July 2017, and Hiren told Casey that he had a special date night planned for her this weekend. He asked her to dress nicely for dinner and pack a travel bag to spend the night somewhere. Casey suspected he might be asking the question over dinner, but they ended up at the Marriott Marquis. From their window they could see the Toyota Center downstairs, where they first met, and Discovery Green, where they went on their first date. When Casey turned around, Hiren was on one knee begging her to become his wife! The next day, her parents met her at the hotel and they confirmed their engagement in a traditional Hindu ceremony.

A year later, on July 22nd, Hiren Joshi and Casey Espinosa married at the Azalea Ballroom at The Westin Houston, Memorial City, first in a Hindu wedding where the Baraat arrived at 8:30 a.m., the ceremony at 10:00 a.m. in Sanskrit by Pandit Niten Shukla and translated into English by his son Vishwesh and followed by a Gujarati Thali lunch. The Catholic wedding took place later that evening at 5:30 p.m. This was followed by cocktails and a reception. The wedding planner was Therese Cole-Hubbs from Electric Karma International. Almost 60 members of the Joshi family, all of whom live in the United States, attended the wedding.

Hiren Joshi, 29, was born in India but came to the United States when she was one year old. He graduated from the University of Houston with a bachelor’s degree in media and communication and has worked for the Houston Rockets as a digital and social manager for the past five years. His father, Rakesh Joshi, has been in the granite business for many years and his mother, Shoba, is the host of the popular 25-year-old Gitanjali radio show. Hiren has also had his own one-hour section on Gitanjali for seven years.

Casey Espinosa, 27, is a Houston native who graduated from St. Thomas University with a degree in political science and most of her time volunteers with children with special needs. She is the daughter of Richard and Merrilee Espinosa. According to Hindu customs, Casey also adopted the name she chose, Nandika. The couple will live in Houston.

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