Dona Jolie Francis and Vaibhav Athavaria were married Nov. 17, 2010, in Agra, India. Deborah Francis/Courtesy photo


Francis-Athavaria wedding

By From page A5 | October 06, 2011

Dona Jolie Francis and Vaibhav Athavaria, both of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, were married on Nov. 17, 2010, in Agra, India.

The bride is the daughter of Calvin Hayes Hirsch and Deborah Christine Francis, both of Davis.

She is a 2000 graduate of Davis High School, where she was a member of the varsity track and field team. She attended Scripps College and graduated from UC Davis in 2004. She received a master’s degree in public health in 2005 from Loma Linda University and is the co-founder of an online business.

The groom is the son of Jawahar and Saroj Gupta of Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, India.

He was educated in India, where he received a master’s degree in computer science. He is employed as a software engineer.

Thirteen of the bride’s family and friends from California and abroad celebrated over a three-day period with hundreds of Indian family members attending the marriage ceremony. Two Hindu priests officiated the fire ceremony, which was translated from Sanskrit by the groom’s cousin.

The reception was held in Agra, India.

For their wedding trip, the newlyweds toured the south of India on motorcycles. The couple currently reside in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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