Manish & Deepali's Wedding in Hyderabad, India
When cupid strikes your heart, you fall in love. Even if it's in an arranged marriage setting. This is what happened with two strangers, Manish & Deepali.
How we met:
It was purely an arranged marriage setting, which resulted in love later. We met through our relatives on December 23, 2014 at Asha’s Restaurant in Wafi Mall. It was very awkward for me, as it was my first time meeting someone for marriage. But the moment he walked in, my eyes fell on his face and he gave me a Colgate smile which stole my heart immediately; his amazing hair was another feature that bowled me over completely! I knew intuitively that how much ever I say ‘no’ for marriage now, I will end up marrying him. We exchanged numbers and met a couple of times, after which I went to India to attend my friend’s wedding. It was on that trip I realized how lonely I was, and the only person I wanted to be with, was Manish. After coming back, we had our Roka in Dubai, followed by the wedding after eight months and, here we are, together for the rest of our lives.
Since it was the first wedding in my house, it was a little stressful. We live in the UAE and the wedding was taking place in India, so all the arrangements had to be done via the internet or phone calls. We had a rough idea of what we wanted and googled a bit about it, which helped us a great deal. My brother and father-in-law coordinated everything and made our Big Day the most magical day of our lives.
Feelings on the Big Day:
I was going through mixed emotions, but was mostly nervous. The moment I saw him on that chariot, I realized ‘This is it!’ and the feeling just kicked in “Okay, it’s my BIG DAY… MY forever starts now!”. Throughout the wedding, Manish kept holding me which made me feel very special and protected. The minute we took our vows, he was a changed person: a perfect husband, who was very caring and loving. I felt complete.
Manish and I had almost 7 months to plan our wedding outfits and finish the shopping. We were sure of one thing: we won’t fall for the big names and would wear something that we like and looks good on us as it was our Big Day. While Manish got all his outfits from Mumbai, I got all my Indian outfits for my trousseau as well as for my wedding from Indore, India with the help of my cousin. My jewelry was done by my aunt who’s a jewelry maker, while my parents helped me choose the designs. I wore diamond sets during my Sangeet and Reception and for the Pheras, I wore a polki set. I kept it simple and funky for the other two functions. We had a total of 5 functions and, for each function, I ensured I was comfortable in all my outfits while looking elegant and pretty.
Sangri – Since it was a function where I would be accessorized with flower jewelry, I wanted my outfit to correlate with it. Hence, I wore a high-low dress which was peach in color and had flower work on it. Manish wore a floral kurta matched with a peach salwar that coordinated with my outfit.
Carnival/Pool Party – I wore hot-pink drape pants which had golden work on it, along with a golden shimmery top which had a pink cape attached to it. My cousin helped me with this outfit as I didn’t want to wear something that every bride wears, like a floral gown or something. It was done by a designer called Nancy Sood. Manish wore white pants followed by a red customized t-shirt stating “Ladies, I have arrived! “
Sangeet – I wore a long anarkali lehenga, which was multicolour and had shades of pink and green mostly. It was quite heavy, mainly because of all the stone work on it. The sleeves were made of net and had all stone work on it as well. The skirt had a three layer flare, which added to the beauty of the dress. Manish wore a blue kurta, which had silver swarovski work on it, along with a white silk salwar.
Pheras – I had always imagined myself in a red lehenga on my wedding day, and I thankfully managed to find the perfect one right before the wedding. The blouse was long and very different from the usual blouses – it went from high to low, starting from the left to the bottom right and had shimmery work on it. The skirt was filled with peacock embroidery, and a blue dupatta completed the look. Manish wore a cream and golden sherwani, with a maroon pyjama.
Reception – I wore a umbrella-shaped gown in a pink orange and light pink color, followed by a heavy maroon front-open jacket which had Swarovski work on it. Manish wore a maroon tuxedo which matched my outfit.
My parents and I had attended a wedding in Hyderabad and loved the vibe of the city and the property, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel Convention Centre. Plus, we wanted a different destination from the norm, Mumbai and Goa. We preferred that all our relatives and friends stay in one hotel, where all the functions would also take place. Since there were 500 guests attending our wedding, we ensured they stay close to each other and there’s no hassle of picking and dropping our guests off from one place to another. We had decided on two themes only – Carnival style for the Pool Party and Masquerade for the Reception. The remaining themes were decided by the event planner and our family members.
Performers and Performances:
Our family and friends performed a beautiful skit for us, which was choreographed by Hitesh Rajani. There was also a surprise performance by me and my friends for Manish.
Advice for to-be-weds:
Just delegate all your work to your family members and event planner as it is your Big Day – you need to relax and look good. Remember to eat and just focus on each other and enjoy every moment, as these are very precious and make your wedding seem like a fairy-tale at that time.
Photography/Videography: Pooja Studio Dubai
Wedding Planner: Jai Dewani JP Moments
Make-up Artist: Vinod Kondvillkar (Mumbai)
Hair Stylist: Naziya (Mumbai)
DJ’s: DJ Lemon
Photo Courtesy: Pooja Studio Dubai