I remember reading this quote somewhere: “What one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever”. This saying seems to come alive when I look at Prateek and Aananyaa’s wonderful love story. At a very tender age, these two souls had been bitten by the “love-bug”, that nurtured their hearts and eventually brought them together in holy matrimony.
Prateek was in awe of our charming Aananyaa when he was only in 8th standard, while she was in 7th. He had fallen for her at the very first sight. 😉 But while he was lost in this sweet feeling, Ananyaa was still unaware of this whole scenario, as she didn’t even know him back then. And when she came to know about it, she didn’t pay much heed to him. The whole idea seemed bizarre and quite unexpected to her. So, even if he tried to reach out to her, it did not have any effect on her, whatsoever. (Poor guy! ) Fortunately, the tables turned and he finally caught her attention in class 12, when he was chosen as the ‘Prefect’ of the school. This event made a certain impression on her and she agreed to go out with him. (Thank God! ) She decided to give dating a shot for a while, thinking that a friendly dating won’t harm anyone. Since, Prateek was a ‘Prefect’, she realized that it could benefit her in many ways. He could help her escape the tedious morning assemblies and parade practices, which she hated the most. So, going out with him didn’t seem like a bad idea, after all! (Her reasons might appear to be selfish here, but her intentions were clearly innocent, I am sure! 😉 )
This friendly dating brought its own bitter and sweet moments. There is one such incident that none of them could ever forget. During one of the assembly sessions, Aananyaa stayed back in her class with Prateek, hoping to spend some time with him. But to their dismay, the Principal saw them together. In his fury, he took away Prateek’s ‘Prefect’ badge and threatened Aananyaa regarding suspension. Prateek couldn’t let this happen to her. He was willing to let go off his badge but couldn’t see Aananyaa in distress. So, he requested the Principal to leave her with a warning, taking all the blame on himself. (What a thoughtful and caring guy! ) Through this deed, Aananyaa saw a selfless and affectionate side to him, and somehow it made a lasting impression on her. Now, when they think about this moment, they cannot stop themselves from giggling 😀 Aananyaa reminisces another treasured moment from this phase that always makes her smile and sends her into sweet nostalgia. The beautiful song ‘Hey Shona’ (from the movie “Ta Ra Rum Pum”) had just released and had become her instant favorite. Some whispering birds (Prateek’s friends, to be precise! 😉 ) got to know about it and found every opportunity to tease them. So, whenever they would see the two of them, they would serenade them with the song, making Aananyaa blush all the more!
With Prateek’s final year of school coming to an end and his departure to Mumbai to pursue higher studies, Aananya thought that she could let go of this sweet and friendly bond that they had developed. But for Prateek, she was someone so precious that he would hold on to her forever. Even in college, he never missed out a single chance to come back and spend time with her. This was the time when they got to know each other even more closely. Late-night phone conversations, frequent hangouts and online chats became a routine for them. When it was her turn to step into college life, Prateek insisted that she opt for a college closer to home, so that he can meet her easily. Aananyaa agreed and took admission at a college in her hometown, Lucknow. But even that could not bring him satisfaction. Staying miles apart from her was something he could not bear. So, he left his college after a year and decided to continue his education in Lucknow, with Aananyaa always within his sight. (Pretty crazy, right! That’s true love I guess! ) Prateek’s decision assured her of his undying love for her. She knew that he could do anything for her and realized that he was the one for her; the one she had been looking for all along.
Love had finally knocked on the door of Aananyaa’s heart. Every moment she spent with him, she fell for him even more. Submerged in deep affection for one another, they didn’t even realize how time had flown by so quickly. By now, everyone in their family had come to know about their budding relationship and they were totally fine with it. (That’s so cool! ) Aananyaa’s maternal aunt became a catalyst and gave their relationship a chance to move forward. She approached her parents and talked them into getting her hitched to Prateek, since it was the right time for the couple to take the plunge. There was no point in waiting any longer when Aananyaa had found her true soul-mate. Her parents, though reluctant at first, eventually gave them their blessings, with a happy heart.
THE WEDDING PLANNING
Prateek and Aananyaa’s Roka ceremony was carried out with opulence on 31st January,2015, which was also Aananyaa’s birthday. (This was the best b’day gift she ever received, I can bet on that! ) The preparation for their wedding started soon after that, since they were to tie the knot in January, the following year. Their families took care of all the planning. With the preparations and celebration under way with a lot of pomp and show, suddenly a tragedy hit Aananyaa’s home, just two days prior to her wedding. She lost her beloved grandfather and was kept in the dark until her wedding day. (I can imagine the trauma their family must be going through! ) Still, her family did not let the grief deter their darling daughter’s happiness and created the most beautiful and memorable wedding day for her.
The couple’s wedding was one grand affair, with all their loved ones in attendance. It took place at Hotel Clarks Awadh in Lucknow. UP’s Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav also graced this wonderful occasion and gave his blessings to the adorable couple.
For her bridal makeup, Aananyaa chose the Bodycare studio in Mahanagar. And, they did an amazing job, I must say. Aananyaa made the most prettiest bride ever, a true symbol of beauty and elegance.
Initially due to a tight budget, they faced problems while booking the photographer. But Aananyaa’s father rescued everyone from this situation by contacting one of his old acquaintances, who was also a renowned photographer in Lucknow. The entire wedding celebration was beautifully captured by Hussain Studios. And, their work says it all. They certainly gave the couple the best memories of their special day.
Aananyaa and Prateek’s dream-like wedding became the talk of the town. The lovely couple awed everyone with their ravishing looks. No one could take their eyes off the absolutely stunning bride and the dashing groom. This monumental day etched out a special place not just in the couple’s heart but in their families’ hearts as well.
After the extensive wedding festivities, the couple took off to three amazing destinations for their honeymoon. A 13-day vacation to the alluring nations of Bali, Singapore and Malaysia, gave them numerous romantic moments with one another. They took back plenty of precious memories from the trip, along with them. One of those special memories, include moments spent on the Gemini Star Cruise, which was a new experience for Aananyaa. Amidst the picturesque waters, Aananyaa and Prateek fell even deeper in love and enjoyed every bit of this experience.
These high-school sweethearts are happily relishing every moment of their marital bliss. Aananyaa gives full credit to Prateek for the way their relationship has grown in these years. She feels like the luckiest girl in the world for having such a doting husband. And as for Prateek, his whole world revolves around Aananyaa. (awwww! )
I wish them a life filled with loads of happiness and lots and lots of special moments. May the love that they share strengthen with each passing day and make their life even more beautiful.