This groom made 15 roundtrips from Dublin to New York to woo his future bride
Based in the bustling megapolis of New York, Megha Jain and Gopal Narsimhamurthy’s love story bears a strong resemblance to what one often sees on the screen. A classic case of love at first sight, Gopal, a financial professional was instantly smitten with Megha, a lawyer. Unruffled by the distance between them, he made every effort to woo the woman he’d fallen head over heels in love with. Their minimalistic South Indian style wedding ceremony hosted at Megha’s parents’ house was not only vibrant but it also celebrated their unbridled love for each other.
How They Met
Megha and Gopal first crossed paths at a bar in New Orleans where unbeknownst to Megha, Gopal instinctively knew that something special was about to happen. Enamored by her eyes and the easy conversation flowing effortlessly between them, Gopal discovered that she stayed in New York, a thousand miles away from Dublin where he was based at the time. However, he remained unruffled by the miles, and in order to spend time with Megha made approximately 15 roundtrips between the two cities within a span of 14 months. Furthermore, he even bought the apartment next to hers with a plan of knocking the walls down to create a larger space where they could house their future family!
Juggling their schedules to spend time with each other and eventually shortening the distance as Gopal moved to New York, the duo’s relationship grew organically when they both realized that they had so much in common. As a result, when Gopal popped the question by the East River at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, saying ‘yes!’ for Megha was absolutely effortless!
Acknowledging the colossal task of planning a wedding, Megha turned to her mom who happily pitched in. And even though the duo originally had grand plans to tie the knot at Oheka Castle, the rising number of COVID-19 cases compelled them to change their mind. Instead, they chose Megha’s parents’ house in New York where they celebrated with 50 of their family and friends. On the decor front, the couple chose House of Dipali, Aavrani for wedding favors, Bollywood DJs for entertainment, and Payal as the makeup artist.
In the near future, however, the couple plans on having a bigger celebration at their initially chosen venue, i.e., Oheka Castle where they expect to entertain 350 guests.
Mehndi and Sangeet
Megha shares, “All the functions were held at my parents’ house where a limited number of family and friends were in attendance keeping the COVID-19 precautions in mind. For the mehndi and sangeet, we chose to keep the themes quite colorful with orange and pink hues paired with bright marigold blooms.”
Swathed in delicate shades of white, pink, gold, and green, the duo’s wedding ceremony exuded a sense of tranquility. “For the wedding, we chose to keep it a bit more elegant with blush colors and banana leaves. Since his family hails from South India and mine from Rajasthan, we chose to be wed in a South Indian style wedding ceremony. For the next year we’ve planned a North Indian ceremony that’ll follow a Rajasthani theme.” shares the happy bride. Dressed in a bright red Mysore silk saree, Megha glowed as she sat beside Gopal who donned a peach-hued zari embroidered kurta for the occasion.
The Wedding Makers
Décor: House of Dipali
Florist: House of Dipali
Groom’s Outfits: Shyamal & Bhumika (Reception)
Groom’s Shoes: Shyamal & Bhumika (Wedding)
Bride’s Outfits: Anita Dongre (Sangeet), Pratap Sons (Reception)
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo (Reception)
DJ: Bollywood DJs
Wedding Favors: Aavrani