Love Actually – Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed’s Platinum Day of Love

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.

It was a chance encounter that had Anam and Akbar discover the spark between them. “A common friend introduced us and after that we started speaking with each other.” In a while, their constant conversations made them realize their affection was mutual and they took the decision to inform their parents. Both families were happy with the way things had turned out and the couple were engaged in an elaborate ceremony in Hyderabad last year.

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam loves Shah Rukh Khan and so the couple paid homage to the big man of Bollywood by recreating scenes from all his iconic films. Then Akbar took it one step further. He planned a very ‘filmi’ proposal – romantic banners fluttering, violins playing in the background, a tender, moving, flamboyant statement of his love for his bride-to-be. “He proposed at the Taj Falaknuma Palace,” Anam remembers smiling, “Our families had already met but I was waiting for this… it was something I’d always dreamed of. And this is why Falaknuma Palace is so close to our hearts.”

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

At their pre-wedding shoot with WeddingSutra, Anam wore a gorgeous navy blue and gold Aneesh Agarwal lehenga from AZA Fashions. And Akbar, in a traditional bandhgala also from AZA Fashions, seemed right at home in the Nizami opulence of the palace. WeddingSutra chose the Jade Terrace, an idyllic paradise perfect to shoot candid moments of a couple in love. With a backdrop of glorious Nizami architecture, marble statues, high ceilings, expansive courtyards and manicured lawns, this modern day love story was carefully captured amidst timeless magnificence.

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Epitomizing classic, youthful style, the couple’s Volkswagen Beetle brought another element of enduring charm to the shoot. Posing in the car they have chosen to begin their life’s journey together in, the couple looked down the road at their impending wedding. Like the car, their spunky individuality and independence shone as Anam said affectionately, “Akbar is quite a perfectionist. We’re working on the wedding and are planning every minute details of it ourselves.”

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

As they sipped hot coffee, chatted, the sun glinting off their matching platinum bands, Anam talked about how her shoot with WeddingSutra was just perfect! “It’s been lovely! We’ve been in touch for over a year now. The shoot was incredible, the team does such great work. Marriage is a very important event in one’s life and WeddingSutra makes it an unforgettable experience!”

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

Anam Mirza and Akbar Rasheed

The couple will tie the knot this November. WeddingSutra wishes them love like in the movies and a silver-screen worthy ‘happily ever after’!

If you’re getting married in 2016 or 2017 and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to us (editor@weddingsutra.com) 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.

Location- Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Platinum Love Bands and Jewellery- Orra
Anam and Akbar’s outfits : Aza Fashions
Make-up and Hairstyling – Tamanna Rooz
Photography- Abhishek Sarkar

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