Our initiative ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates beautiful people as they start their lives together: because real love is timeless.
Punit’s cousin introduced the couple when they were still teenagers. Even as kids they had a lot in common – both born under the zodiac sign Scorpio, both crazy about football, travel and adventure sports. They had several quarrels but remained great friends. Then Deepika moved to Spain but they promised to stay in contact through email. “We weren’t constantly in touch,” Deepika admits, “but we knew we liked each other.”
Their teenage attraction evolved into a mature, loving relationship and they decided, long-distance, that they were meant for each other. There were no secrets. “We were open to our parents about our relationship,” Deepika smiles, “But we kept delaying plans to marry because we had to save up for the wedding.”
The couple did have some special moments despite the distance. “We love to travel,” Deepika says, “so while I was working in London, Punit surprised me on Valentine’s Day by showing up! Then we went skydiving together. It was the best!”
So in tune with each other, the couple didn’t need a precise moment or a formal proposal. They just mutually understood that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. “We’ve known each other for so long and Punit is perfect for me,” Deepika says thoughtfully, “Our relationship is based on a deep friendship. He’s been extremely supportive of my career and encouraged me to pursue my goals. We respect each other’s decisions and that is of utmost importance in any relationship. We took our time and we’ve decided to get married this year.”
While they’re both busy professionals – Deepika is a Market Analyst and Punit is a businessman – they’re dividing the wedding responsibilities equally. “I’m an analyst so I’m the researcher,” Deepika laughs, “Punit is the execution department.” She says that they haven’t hired a wedding planner and she has to pay a lot of attention to detail.
Still, they’re enjoying the wedding planning process. The couple had always dreamed of a wedding by the beach with a sunset as the perfect backdrop and are working towards it but also remembering to have fun. “Dance practice with the family and friends is so much fun! These are going to be such great memories,” Deepika grins.
The couple plans to take an unforgettable honeymoon and relax and unwind after the wedding. But they know that pre-wedding shoots are also a great opportunity for a little ‘Just us time’. Hanging around at the salt-water pool at the J W Marriott, Juhu was exactly that – a chance to spend some time with each other amidst gorgeous scenery as the sun set and glinted off their platinum love bands.
Deepika said, “We’ve had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful pre-wedding Platinum Day of Love with WeddingSutra. It’s been helpful and informative when it comes to choosing the right photographer and briefing them about the kind of pictures we’d like taken at our wedding. I love WeddingSutra anyway – it’s such a great resource for couples who are planning their wedding on their own.”
Deepika and Punit tie the knot in December this year. WeddingSutra wishes them love, luck and a beautiful lifetime together.
If you’re getting married in 2016 or 2017 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us firstname.lastname@example.org with the link to your FB profiles, wedding date and ‘How you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Chennai.
Photography- The Moment by Parag Gopale