OAHU, Hawaii — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) married Abraham Gaurachandra Williams, a Hawaii-based cinematographer, April 9 in a traditional Hindu Vedic wedding ceremony here.
Conducted by Los Angeles, Calif.-based priest Vinod Dave, who called India-West last week to say that he had been asked by Gabbard to perform the ceremony, the wedding took place at the historic Kahalu'u Fishpond on KāneoheBay in windward Oahu.
The ceremony concluded with a traditional yoga kirtan with friends and family celebrating the newly married couple with song and dance.
PTI adds: In previous media interviews, Gabbard said she will retain her last name.
Hawaii will always be the couple's primary home, local media reported. The second term Democratic Congresswoman from Hawaii, Gabbard had announced her engagement in January.
"Both Abraham and I are generally kind of private people. He has nothing to do with politics. He's a humble, great guy who doesn't want to be in the limelight, so this is something new to the both of us," Gabbard told the Honolulu Star Advertiser in an interview published in February.
Williams proposed to Gabbard with a 1.17-carat round, brilliant-cut champagne diamond engagement ring in 18-karat rose gold designed when the congresswoman was visiting Hawaii during Thanksgiving.
"Will you marry me?" he asked.
She said her answer was a resounding yes, according to the daily.
This is Gabbard's second marriage and the first one for Williams.
Soon after her engagement, Gabbard was in India for several weeks meeting top Indian leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.