We all dream about that ‘special someone’, who would enter our lives, someday and then change it forever. Just like any other girl, our beautiful damsel Avlokita too, used to dream about her Prince Charming . She lived in a world of her own, surrounded by music and lost in the universe of fairytale romances. Little did she know that she would meet the man of her dreams really soon. Through a pre-arranged meeting at a Cafe Coffee Day store in Delhi, she was introduced to her Prince Charming, Yogesh; and at the very first sight, she lost her heart to him. There was something about his curious eyes and his ‘Darcy-nian’ ways ( Avlokita’s favorite character from Jane Austen’s popular novel, Pride and Prejudice), that instantly caught her attention. As she puts it in her own words, “The qualities that had attracted me towards him were many, but the first one in many, is definitely his ‘Prince charming’ and ‘Mr. Darcy’ attitude”. At that moment, her heart echoed that he was the ‘one’; the soul-mate she had been looking for, all along.
Yogesh and Avlokita were head over heels in love with one another, after a single meeting. They just knew they were meant to be together. So, without wasting any time, they decided to tie the knot. Their families were so elated with the decision that they immediately fixed a date for their Roka ceremony. The Roka was a lavish affair, which took place in September, 2015. The date for the wedding was settled on 7th April, 2016, so the preparations for the wedding began immediately.
While the families were busy taking care of the wedding nitty-gritties, the couple used this time to get to know each other closely. Avlokita saw a completely unexpected side to Yogesh, during this period. Turns out that our dashing hero was full of surprises and had a soft, romantic side to him, beneath all that tough exterior. 😉 On Valentine’s day, he had planned a special surprise for his bride-to-be. He took her to the exquisite Oudhyana restaurant at Vivanta Taj, Lucknow, where she got the best surprise of her life- the most wonderful proposal. With a cake, a ring and few words rehearsed at least 10 times before the actual proposal; Yogesh simply swept her off her feet. This was a precious and memorable moment, that made her feel like the luckiest girl in the world. She says, “…he just made me realize what a man he is and how lucky I would be, all my life to be pampered by him.” (Lucky girl, indeed! )
As April drew closer, the wedding festivities began in full swing. The celebrations brought along many happy and light-hearted moments for everyone. There’s a particular moment from the Sangeet ceremony that leaves a smile on the couple’s face, every time they reminisce about it. A group performance by the family members was to happen that day, but no one had rehearsed properly. Some people stuck to the choreography, while some decided to show their choreography skills with moves of their own. As a result, the whole performance went haywire. It was a complete laughter ride for everyone. :p
THE WEDDING PLANNING
Although the preparations for the wedding had begun months before the D-day, it brought in, a lot of challenges for the couple’s families. Since, Avlokita was the first among her siblings to get married, her parents had to face problems while organizing the entire wedding. Arranging the perfect bridal lehenga, especially, was one of the most painful parts of the planning. It almost took a toll on her and her mom, her mausi and mausaji ( who had recently fractured his hand). At this point, her best friend saved the day by getting the prettiest lehenga for her, from Jaipur. Thankfully, the groom’s outfit wasn’t much of a hassle. Yogesh had found his perfect sherwani at an outlet in Lucknow.
It was Avlokita’s dream to get married in a ‘resort-like’ location. Her father made this dream of his darling daughter come true, by choosing the most apt venue for her wedding- Scorpio Club, in Lucknow. The decorations, the mouth-watering food, the music- each element added more grandeur to the wedding festivity.
After a lot of research and consideration, Amit Mahendru, a renowned name in Lucknow, was fixed as the wedding photographer. And, I must say he was the best choice, as he gave a lot of beautiful memories, to the couple. He did an incredible job, capturing amazing shots from the wedding.
Choosing the right makeup artist for the bride wasn’t difficult either. Fortunately, the photographer’s wife, Komal Mahendru, was a makeup artist, who owns Stylz Salon in Lucknow. She gladly agreed to do Avlokita’s bridal makeup. She displayed excellent beauty skills and made Avlokita, the most gorgeous bride ever. The guests and especially, our charming groom, couldn’t take his eyes off her. 😉 She looked nothing short of a royal princess, straight out of a fairytale.
All in all, the wedding was everything Avlokita had hoped for. It was a dream-like affair and the couple couldn’t be more happier sharing their big day, with all their loved ones. Shortly after their wedding reception, the adorable couple left for their honeymoon. In the mesmerizing city of Venice (Avlokita’s dream destination) and the enchanting country of Switzerland (Yogesh’s favorite location), they shared some wonderful moments together. They explored Venice on romantic Gondola rides; this was the most memorable part for her. She describes this experience in a unique way, ” We hopped on twice (on the gondola) to have a glimpse of this city. It was a beautiful experience and with my husband , I felt like I am some Disney Princess character… Wishes do come true!!!” The San Marco experience, along the beautiful carved out lake city of Venice and the Mt. Titlis ride in Switzerland, were also quite refreshing and memorable for the couple.
The happily married couple is enjoying every bit of their marital bliss. It has just been a few months since their wedding, but their future plans seem like something they had been planning for a really long time. 😉 Avlokita paints a beautiful picture of her future, “…to be settled in some beautiful small town hill station and sipping a coffee with a deep satisfaction of life’s greatest gifts- our children and both our families.” Now, doesn’t that sound like a great plan! ( You guys are giving all of us some serious wedding goals, I can say! )
I wish this lovely couple every happiness in the world and every desire coming true. May your love forever grow strong and you live happily ever after! Loads of love. <3 <3