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.
Cupid struck at Aamir’s sister’s wedding in 2012. “Our fathers were best friends but since the family was based out of India, I only met him for the first time at the wedding,” Huda says. She remembers him, dapper in a dark grey suit, “most of the girls at the wedding couldn’t take their eyes off him. But we just greeted each other and that was it.”
That was far from it. Fate had other plans.
Aamir’s family moved back to India in November 2013 but it was only last year that the families formally discussed ‘setting them up’. All was quiet between them even when they all met for coffee, “We were at the Sea Lounge in the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers on the 4th of July last year. We didn’t exchange numbers. In fact, we hardly spoke,” Huda says, but she noticed one thing, Aamir wouldn’t stop smiling.
As they met over the next few weeks, Huda realized that Aamir’s quiet, introverted nature took him a while to open up. But he kept smiling. He was besotted, “Huda was the reason for my smile. Every time she spoke, her eyes would light up and that had me smitten.”
Another coincidence brought them together – they share not just the same birthday but the same birthdate! “I knew it but Aamir had no idea. He was born just an hour and thirty minutes before I was. His father had once mentioned it to me and when I told him we couldn’t stop laughing,” Huda smiles.
Aamir didn’t have to formally pop the question. After all, their parents had already agreed on the union. But he threw Huda a surprise dinner and the gesture holds a special place in her heart, “We had a magical evening at Ziya, a restaurant at the Oberoi. He’d customized everything according to what I like. It was amazing. No one had ever done something so sweet for me. I was awestruck.” Huda was so touched she didn’t utter a word during dinner. It worried Aamir. “Huda is normally so chirpy and that night she didn’t say much. I thought she didn’t like the dinner!” laughs Aamir.
A few days after their birthday, their families formalized the engagement with an engagement ring designed by Aamir; two intersecting infinity symbols signifying his love for her, forever.
There are less than eighty days to go for the wedding and preparations are on in full swing! Huda heads the decision making on the trousseau, caterers and décor but she always takes on board the opinion of her first in command, “I wouldn’t buy anything or make a decision without his nod! He wants a simple, intimate and elegant wedding while I’d like more grandeur, a romantic, fun and festive theme. We are trying a balance between both.”
The couple’s pre-wedding shoot was a chance to spend quality time together. First they shot under the wooden beams of the beautiful Bungalow 9 restaurant, its Portuguese style architecture, soft lighting and gorgeous interiors providing a beautiful setting for this lovely couple. Then they went to catch the sunset at the Bandra Fort for some candid shots as the water hit the mossy stones, the iconic Bandra-Worli Sea Link in the back, a dramatic, romantic, very Mumbai atmosphere.
As the sunlight glinted off her platinum love band, Huda said, “Platinum is a symbol of purity and individuality, one of the most precious metals in the world. It will never fade, just like the bond I share with Aamir. It just made sense to have a platinum wedding band with that sort of significance.”
We catch a glimpse of what made Aamir fall in love with her as her eyes light up talking of her WeddingSutra experience, “Everything from the team to the photographer were thorough professionals. It was truly amazing for us and we cannot thank the team enough for such a great day!”
Huda and Aamir tie the knot in December this year. WeddingSutra wishes them love, luck and a lifetime filled with bright eyed smiles and happy surprises!
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.
Location- Bungalow 9 and Bandra Fort, Mumbai
Platinum Love Bands and Jewellery- Waman Hari Pethe Jewelers
Make-up and Hairstyling- Kumar Iyer
Photography- Mithilesh Chaubey