It is said that ‘every once in a while, in the middle of nowhere, life gives you a fairy tale’. This saying befits the story of our charming couple, Shanu and Meghna, who created their own extraordinarily beautiful fairy tale, amidst the mundane and ordinary. The vivacious and outspoken Pahari beauty, Meghna used to meet our dashing and shy Punjabi munda, Shanu everyday at the gym. He was the owner as well as the trainer at the gym, while she was his client. Initially, it was all professional between the two, just formal conversations here and there. Meghna was in awe of her trainer’s skills. (And why wouldn’t she be? He’s a Gold Medalist Body builder, after all! Ahem, ahem! 😉 ) On the other hand, Shanu had developed a bit of a crush on Meghna. But he could never find the courage to express that in front of her, given his shy nature. Even a constant nagging from friends wasn’t enough to give him that push. (Maybe, our bold and bindass heroine was too intimidating for him! 😉 ) Well, this went on for 3 years with no signs of even a single spark flying between the two.
The workout regime and usual chats within those confined gym walls seemed to be enough for them, these 3 years, until destiny decided to take a different turn altogether. The turn that destiny took wasn’t a happy one, though. But, what it brought along with it after that, was something that both of them had never anticipated. In a tragic incident, Meghna had lost her most beloved dog Zara, who was more than a family to her. Zara’s demise had left her completely shattered and heartbroken. It was during this painful phase that Shanu appeared as sunshine and acted as a balm on her broken heart. When Meghna rejoined the gym after that tragic incident, Shanu could make out in one glance that something was definitely wrong with her. He could feel that she wasn’t her usual self that day. And, when he came to know the reason for her sadness, he immediately made up his mind to bring that beautiful smile back on her face. Being a dog-lover himself, he promised Meghna that he would gift her one of his own dogs. Thus, he brought Alex (the cutest pup!) into her life, and everything just changed after that. Shanu reminisces that introducing Meghna to Alex was one of the happiest and most memorable moment. The smile that this little 4-legged buddy brought on her face was a priceless one. For Meghna, this moment will forever be etched in her memory. Alex was the most precious gift that anyone ever gave her. She had never expected such a thoughtful gesture coming from an acquaintance. And, this particular gesture changed a lot of things for her, because she came to know a wonderful human being behind that reserved and introvert person. It was as if she had been introduced to a different Shanu and was seeing a whole new side to him.
The entry of Alex heralded the beginning of a new chapter in their lives. Meghna and Shanu started spending more time with each other because of Alex. Be it about Alex’s health or feeding issue, they always found ways to catch up with each other. They began connecting on a whole new different level. It was then that our hero finally mustered up the courage to ask Meghna out for a date and fortunately, she agreed. Multiple dates, heart-to-heart conversations and long drives (Shanu’s most favourite part of their dating ) , led to a beautiful budding friendship and paved the way for a blossoming romance between them.
You must have heard this from people many times, “When you love someone, you just know”. This was the case with Meghna and Shanu, too. They shared such a deep understanding and compatibility, that they instantly knew that they were meant to be together. They knew that they had found their soulmate in one another. There was nothing more that they wanted now, than to spend the rest of their lives together. The next step of introducing each other to their respective families proved to be pretty hassle-free (much to their surprise!). Both of them charmed their way into their families’ hearts easily and with their blessings and best wishes, decided to tie the knot and stay by each other’s side forever.
The charming couple got engaged in a lavish ceremony on 10th May, 2014. Soon after that, they started planning for their wedding, which was set to be held on 26th September, 2014. Since, they had only few months in hand for the preparation, the couple came to the conclusion that they would take care of every detail themselves, without giving their families any trouble. From the wedding venue to their wedding outfits, they decided to shoulder all the responsibilities together.( Hats off to you guys for that! ) Even though it was a tedious process, the planning actually, turned out to be a boon for their relationship. It gave them a reason to spend more quality time with each other. Meghna remarks that this was the time that brought them even more closer and strengthened their love. She recalls an incident when Shanu arranged for their stay at a resort, where they took Alex along with them. In the special moments spent with their adorable pet, they got to know each other closely and they fell even deeper in love. Thinking about these moments always brings a smile on her face.
THE WEDDING PLANNING
Planning the entire wedding by themselves, keeping the time constraint in mind, wasn’t an easy task at all. They had to face many problems while accomplishing this difficult errand. Choosing the perfect wedding outfits for both of them was the most strenuous part, as its complete responsibility fell on the shoulders of Meghna. It took a lot of research and exploration of various shopping haunts, to find the apt dress materials for her lehenga. Her friend and designer, Rashi who owns a boutique named ‘Cassida’, put together an inspired ensemble for her. While, Shanu’s pristine attire was created by Shekhar, a well-known designer in Dehradun. For her bridal jewellery, Meghna took her pick from Punjab Jewelers’ exquisite collection. (All the soon-to-be brides and grooms, take note! )
The wedding was a grand affair which took place at the magnificent Hotel Solitaire, in the alluring city of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Since, the venue belonged to Shanu’s friend, booking it for their wedding wasn’t a hassle. His friend took charge of the decorations as well as the complete wedding menu. And, I must say that he did a splendid job. The decor turned a lot of heads and the scrumptious food served was to die for.
The wedding was captured jointly by ‘Rama photographers’ and ‘The Wedding Archies’. Their amazing work speaks for itself, as they created wonderful memories for everyone. (The couple are taken into a nostalgic tour, whenever they revisit these memories. )
Taking the cue from her friend’s wedding, Meghna decided to get her Makeup done at Headquarters Spa and Salon, a well-known name in Dehradun, who are famous for their exceptional services. Their impressive work coupled with Meghna’s grace were enough to make her steal the entire show. She made a stunning bride. (everyone would agree to that! )
Despite the obstacles on their way, the couple managed to pull off a beautiful dream-like wedding. With all their loved ones in attendance, the wedding turned out to be a grand affair. Meghna looked gorgeous in her bridal avatar, a true reflection of elegance and poise; while, Shanu made a dapper groom and looked as handsome as ever. This day is monumental and holds a very special place for the couple, as it laid the foundation of a bright new chapter in their lives.
Surrounded by the picturesque waters and exquisite locales, the couple spent some memorable moments in the islands of Maldives on their honeymoon. Even there, Shanu did not leave any chance to surprise Meghna. To make it all the more special, he arranged their stay at the enchanting lagoons of Maldives (something that Meghna had wished for), in the last few days of their vacation. This surprise just melted Meghna’s heart.
One and a half years have gone by, and the couple still can’t believe that they are married. For Meghna, it still feels that they are in the dating phase where they are getting to know each other. Everyday they discover something new about one another. Shanu plans a surprise for Meghna every now and then. Once he even got his long hair, cut especially for her, just because! His love for her deepens with every passing day. She has become the center of his world and Meghna sees everything in him. Their sole ‘fitness mantra’ is to make each other happy. (Aren’t they the most adorable couple! 😉 )
I wish this charming couple every happiness in the world and many more years of marital bliss. Hope your journey brings you wonderful gifts and many more reasons to celebrate.