Today I would like to begin by saying Once upon a time…
Why do I do that? Because the couple I am going to introduce to you has a beautiful story to tell which appears to be coming straight out of fairytales.
Once upon a time there was a mischievous boy who loved his Sunday so much that he would skip the mass in church at every opportunity and a beautiful girl who never missed being at Church with her family. Both the boy (Dannie) and the girl (Cynthia) have been attending the same church since as long as they can remember. Their parents as members of the same church have known each other for years and these two souls have practically grown up around each other but have never interacted.
Dannie who now works for Ernst & Young has grown up to be a tall, dark, handsome man. As a child he was naughty and a total brat. He went to church often but just to drop his mother, sister and grandmother who are very particular about attending church. He chose to stand outside the church with friends rather than going inside for the service. He was well known in the Church for not so good reasons of course. He was famous for not being regular as it is compulsory for children to attend the Sunday school. Well, a lot of teenagers do that today, especially boys and Dannie was no exception.
Cynthia who now works for Diageo has grown up to be a beautiful and smart woman. She has always been regular to church and never missed her classes in the Sunday school. She was always very obedient and was sincere towards what she wanted to achieve in life.
So the reason why they didn’t interact was this- Dannie was never really there to have an interaction.
But as they say everything happens at the right time, and the right time was still to come.
In the year 2011, God who loves all his children had other plans. Dannie’s life took a whole new turn when he met with a serious accident. We wouldn’t really go in detail here.
But yes his life was completely changed as he surrendered himself to God completely.
Dannie was now regular at Church in fact became very active too with all the youth activities happening there and went on to become the Youth Secretary. However, Cynthia around this time left Delhi to pursue MBA in Hyderabad and later to Bangalore for a job.
During these years Dannie came out as a shining star at Church, but unfortunately Cynthia was not present to witness the change in him.
By the end of 2014 when Cynthia returned to Delhi and of course to the Church too, she being who she was got back to attending church regularly. She involved herself in the youth activities.
Cynthia was approaching marriageable age and like all our parents, they initiated a conversation stating that it is time for them to look for a match for their daughter.
This was when they both noticed each other and spoke for the first time in so many years.
And they continued talking for the next few months and became good friends.
When Cynthia’s parents found out that she and Dannie are talking to each other, they were quite surprised at first as they had never thought of Cynthia talking to him as they both were from different age groups and had a totally different friend circle. But as time passed by they saw her taking a liking to him and also understood that she probably has found her special someone.
Dannie’s mischievous behavior as a child was something they still had at the back of their mind. As any girl’s parents, they were not really sure if this was the perfect match because Cynthia was just the opposite of Dannie.
Cynthia is a beautiful woman, headstrong and quite focused in life. Dannie on the other hand was a very chilled out person, takes life as it comes, but as I mentioned earlier, that accident changed his life and its meaning too. Dannie was now very focused and started valuing his and his family’s life more but not many knew of this changed person. But thankfully Cynthia noticed this and knew about all the positives. She saw few things in him that a woman would want from her better half. And they both were sure that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives with each other.
And as they say love conquers all, 22nd August’2015 was their big day.
Dannie was the happiest man on earth and you can see his happiness in his glittering eyes. Have a look,
“So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined, let no one separate.”
I can’t take my eyes off from these mesmerizing pictures beautifully captured by REUBEN VARGHESE.
In a short but sweet period of about 6 odd months, they met, fell in love and got married too.
May God bless them both and shower his choicest of blessings on them.