They had both scored coveted invites to the Vanity Fair bash and he was casually sipping a cocktail when she walked past in a black sequined Michael Kors. “And I put my drink down,” he shared with Vogue, “get on one knee—this is in front of a bunch of people—and I say, ‘You’re real. Where have you been all my life?’ Like, loud.” Though she had a waiting car and a flight to India to catch, she agreed to a quick drink.
They had another just ahead of the 2017 Met Gala. Both invited guests of Ralph Lauren, they met up for a drink a week earlier, a date that transitioned from New York City’s iconic Carlyle Hotel, to Chopra’s nearby apartment. But with the actress’ mother, Madhu Chopra watching Law & Order in her nightgown nearby, the encounter remained decided PC. “We hung out for a couple of hours,” Chopra said. “He patted my back before he left.”
Days later, they’d walk the carpet in tandem, denying that there was anything more to the story than their shared Ralph Lauren finery. Even they never expected that within a year and a half they’d be asking the designer to craft their wedding wear.