Our Love Actually series captures beautiful moments between couples in the most stunning locations across Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.
We’re used to seeing love stories in movies, in which two people meet, fall in love, experience circumstances that make them fall apart, and then come to a resolution that leads to a happily ever after.
Real life may be a lot less complicated than that, but people do fall (and stay) in love every day (just without the sweeping music in the background). If you could use a little more faith in people and the world at large, take a look at this couple’s story. Meet Priyanka, an architect based in Nashik and Sahil, a Mechanical Engineer by profession.
Introduced by their families in an arranged marriage setup, Priyanka and Sahil’s love story began within no time and it did not take long for both of them to realize they were made for each other.
“I would not say we clicked the first time we met,” Priyanka says, “but we definitely wanted to meet again and then again. Each time I was amazed at how the connection seemed to get stronger. Everything began to fall into place.”
Sahil is more vocal, “When my parents told me there was a girl they’d like me to meet my first reaction was a big ‘No!’ I didn’t look at her picture or even asked her name because marriage didn’t feature in my immediate plans. But they went ahead and invited Priyanka’s family to our home.”
Sahil had a work trip scheduled all the way in Canada that he was due to leave for and he decided to not tell anyone, he grins as he says, “I started packing with every intention of sneaking out of the situation!”
But fate laughed straight back at his plans, “My visa didn’t come through! My plans were cancelled and I had no option but to meet her. When we did meet I told her upfront that I didn’t want to get married and she appreciated my honesty. But after a couple of days, I was still thinking about her. We’d had a very basic conversation but her presence stayed with me. I’ve rarely felt this way and I was kicking myself with the realization. I needed to get to know her better and I called her and asked to meet again.”
It took some convincing but finally Priyanka agreed to meet him and he says, “It felt so right after meeting and effortless to talk the entire evening! Once we decided we wanted to get married and told our parents our decision, I got my Canadian visa the next day! Coincidence or destiny?”
Priyanka knows why she fell in love with Sahil, “I love how respectful he is towards the people around him. More than words, it’s how he makes me feel about myself, it is indeed very special.”
As for Sahil, he says, “There wasn’t one eureka moment that made me fall in love with Priyanka. I am still falling in love with her. Pure admiration of her nature and how it complements mine has created a unique force that attracts me towards her. Although, we have a lot of common interests, within these interests we have very different perspectives. The craziest part now is the excitement that she brings out in me for doing things together. Our journey together so far has been effortless.”
We met Priyanka and Sahil at Yiamas The Experimental Space in Mumbai. Priyanka looked resplendent in stunning makeup by Hemal Thakkar. The couple exuded stylish elegance in gorgeous jewellery and exquisite platinum love bands from Popley. The love bands are the perfect symbol of a union built on a rare, precious connection.
Priyanka and Sahil are choosing to spend their lives together and have a strong foundation of love and respect to build this marriage on, kind of like Platinum. There couldn’t be a better way to symbolize the strength of this bond than the platinum love bands.
The photographers from Various Vision Venture framed candid shots that captured memories Priyanka and Sahil will cherish forever.
If you’re getting married within the next year and would like to be a part of ‘Love Actually’ write to firstname.lastname@example.org with the link to your Facebook profiles, wedding date and ‘How you met’ story. Selected couples will be invited for the shoots in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chennai.