Our initiative ‘Love Actually’ is a photo series featuring couples who actively seek ideas and inspiration from WeddingSutra. The series celebrates beautiful people in love as they start their lives together: because real love can only begin, never end.
Newlyweds Madhur Kabra and Anisha Jhawar are based in Hauz Khas, Delhi. Madhur works as Country Manager at Impendi Analytics, Delhi. Anisha is a finance advisor at Dell, Gurgaon.
Their first meeting was arranged by their parents. Anisha remembers, “We met at Starbucks and had a great time talking to each other. But we were both so against the idea of an arranged marriage that we decided not to go down that road.” As luck would have it though, they got in touch a few months later. “We just hit it off and started dating,” she laughs, “There was no looking back! We decided to tie the knot in a few months.”
There was a small engagement ceremony with close family members in May 2015. “I think platinum is one of the most beautiful metals for jewellery, especially for wedding rings. We exchanged Platinum diamond rings at our engagement. In fact it is the only piece of jewellery I wear and surprisingly, it’s the same for Madhur too! Very unexpected.”
When asked about their day of love, Anisha continues, “There are a couple of dates we like to reminisce about – the 3rd, when we first spoke and the 18th, when we first met. It seems like a fairly long time ago now, but whenever we think about these milestones we take a few moments to relive the magic of our initial conversations! We had a feeling that it was something special. Now we know it really was.”
Anisha and Madhur wed on the 5th of December 2015 and their wedding celebrations were held over a five day period. “The planning and shopping for the wedding was quite crazy!” Anisha remembers, “The initial days especially were the most stressful as both families were looking at multiple locations – Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Pushkar, Siliguri – the list goes on. We took almost a month to finalize the venue because we did not want to get married in a typical hotel-like setting. We were considering resorts with open spaces to enjoy the early winter season but with a capacity of about 150 rooms, which most boutique resorts didn’t have.”
The family finally found Heritage Resorts and Spa in Manesar, Gurgaon, which Anisha says “was exactly what we were looking for with its vintage, royal palace feel. The room capacity wasn’t enough and we had to book the Hyatt, nearby. Our functions were split across these two locations.”
This major hurdle passed, everyone “got into the groove and had six months to prep for the wedding,” she says, “Since both of us work, we spent most of our weekends doing wedding work which was fun and tiresome at the same time. The good part was that we were still spending time together. We hired an events company – Aanchal Decorators (http://www.aanchaldecorators.
The line-up of events took the families into consideration, Anisha explains, “Since my family is from Siliguri, we kickstarted the functions there with a Ganesh puja and a ladies’ sangeet night. Madhur’s family had similar functions here in Delhi. After that, my family flew to Delhi for the main events, where the roster looked like this:
3rd Dec – Youngsters/Bachelors for friends – at Zu Tisch, GK1
4th Dec A.M. – Mehndi – Heritage Resorts & Spa – Gurgaon
4th Dec P.M. – Engagement & Sangeet – Hyatt, Gurgaon
5th Dec – Wedding and Reception – Heritage Resorts & Spa – Gurgaon
8th Dec – 2nd Reception – Jaipur
To recover from the wedding festivities, Anisha and Madhur jetted off for a 2 week honeymoon to Australia and New Zealand soon after. “We spent the first 4 days in Australia on the Gold Coast as we wanted to just relax on the beach post the wedding madness. After that we headed to New Zealand, rented a car and drove around the North Island – Auckland, Paihia, Rotorua and Matamata, all breathtakingly beautiful. It was a magical experience!”
If you’re getting married in 2016 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 and Chennai.
Photographys by Prateek Kashyap