Distance has never been a deterrent when love comes into the picture. The vivacious Sugandha had never comprehended that her heart-strings would be attached to such a caring person, who is quite a gentleman and has oodles of charm – Mayank. At least after sorting through a lot of marriage proposals and meeting various kinds of suitors; our life-partner expectations are shattered, unless we find that ‘once-in-a-blue moon’ kind of person. This was exactly the case with Sugandha, who eventually found her ‘Prince Charming’ in Mayank. While Sugandha was working in Pune, Mayank was miles apart, working in Bangalore; yet they were destined to be together forever. There are surprising ways in which destiny makes our paths cross, and there comes a sudden and beautiful turn in life. Marriage was a beautiful turn in the lives of this vibrant couple.
Sugandha and her family had gone to Ranchi to attend her cousin’s wedding, where Mayank and his family were also invited. Mayank’s father was a friend of Sugandha’s uncle. Sugandha was oblivious to the conversation that took place between their parents. Soon a meeting was arranged at Sugandha’s aunt’s place. This was a new experience for Mayank as he was going to meet a girl with a prospect of marriage for the first time. Mayank couldn’t muster the courage to look at the prospective bride’s face when he met her. He just managed to get a few glances of her. When Sugandha’s parents asked her to talk to this guy, who was a total stranger, she was very apprehensive as to how things would turn out between them, whether they would be compatible with each other. Both of them are from the IT field, so they had at least this one thing in common. Sugandha told her parents that she needed some time to talk to him and decide. They started talking and grew fond of each other with every passing day. By the end of the month, they realized that they were made for each other, and decided to tie the knot. Thereon they embarked on an exciting journey together.
There are these special moments that Sugandha cherishes dearly. She recalls that while Mayank’s birthday was approaching in September, she expressed her wish to pay him a visit in Bangalore. But, the caring person he is; he told her not to go to so much trouble and unbeknownst to her, he came to Pune and surprised his lady-love. There was another occasion which was a really good surprise for her. Sugandha’s birthday happened to be 3-4 days after her marriage. The night before her birthday, she had gone to sleep and woke up at midnight to the noise of a birthday song, coming from the adjoining room. This first birthday at her in-laws’ place was very special for her. It was all quite overwhelming; her new family and relatives certainly gave her a beautiful memory to cherish forever. Sugandha’s married life is blissful and she feels Mayank is very caring, family oriented and strives to spend most of his time with his darling wife. She believes- “Sometimes all you need to do is be yourself, some people make it very difficult for you to be yourself in front of them…. and some make it feel like you have known them forever… That is how I felt with him.” Mayank feels that he is the luckiest guy alive to have Sugandha as his life partner, who is very loving, understanding and fun to be with.
THE WEDDING PLANNING
The planning for the wedding started months before the wedding. Part of the shopping was done from Delhi, and part of it from Bangalore. Sugandha recalls the shopping hassles in Bangalore, when she went out to buy her bridal footwear with her to-be hubby. It took them about 4-5 days to find the perfect footwear for the occasion. The marriage took place in Sugandha’s hometown – Bokaro Steel City on 28th January,2016; while the reception was held in Hotel Manya Palace, Ranchi on 6th February,2016. The photographer for the occasion was Manish who captured all the special moments of the wedding and wedding functions. Sugandha’s makeup for her engagement was done at Shahnaz and her makeup for the marriage was done by Poonam. They, sure did a splendid job. The wedding and all the functions were arranged wonderfully and the bride and the groom charmed everyone. Both of them looked very elegant and graceful. The wedding was a traditional affair, yet it was a rocking party; the baarati dance was the special highlight of the wedding. Married life has its own perks; you get a friend, a partner for life. For Sugandha and Mayank this joyous ride has just begun, and it is just the beginning of a new and exciting phase for them. All the best for this new phase! Lots of love <3 <3
Venue: Hotel Manya Palace, Ranchi
Photography: Manish Photography
Makeup Artist: Shahnaaz, Poonam