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Meenal prayed for a soulmate, and destiny put Sidharth in her path. From friendship to romance, their love story culminated in a beautiful wedding in Raipur. Here, bride Meenal shares details of the colorful celebrations in her hometown.

 Meenal and Sidharth, Gaurav Garden, Raipur

How We Met
"It is said that if you pray for something earnestly, you will get it. So I wished for a soulmate! As filmy as it gets, my sister is married to Sidharth’s cousin, and we had heard a lot about each other but had never met. I first bumped into him at my sister's wedding. Our families introduced us to each other and urged us to start talking. Slowly, a conversation that started with a nervous smile grew into hours of soulful talks and meetings! However, the memory I cherish the most is our first formal date! Sidharth made sure the evening was nothing short of perfect. Given his sense of humor, I knew I would never have a low moment with him. It was then that I knew he was the one I would want to share my future with."

 Meenal and Sidharth, Gaurav Garden, Raipur

Wedding Venue
“Sidharth and I chose to host our wedding in my beautiful hometown of Raipur in Chattisgarh. I had always imagined celebrating my wedding in my city that is full of traditional and homely charm."

Wedding Planning
“I’ve heard that it takes months to plan a picture-perfect wedding. However for us, it was all done in a month! Colorful hues and dressy themes have always been on my must-have wedding list. Sidharth left no stone unturned in bringing my dreams to life. We wished for a simple but happy wedding, and that’s exactly what we got!"

Wedding Functions
“We did away with the sangeet function. Instead, our guests danced a lot on the day of the haldi function."

Haldi
“You can't do without the color yellow for a haldi ceremony! I paired my lehenga with delicate floral jewelry from Wraps And Pack, and Sidharth color coordinated with me by wearing yellow attire too. Our decor palette was all about red and yellow hues."

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Wedding
“Our wedding took place on Sidharth's birthday which falls on July 21. Many teased him about me being his gift for life, and I couldn’t agree more! Everything about the big day was better than my imagination! I’m an ardent fan of pastels, and for the pheras, I insisted on a pink floral mandap to match our attires. I had decided on my wedding lehenga much before our engagement and wore a custom-made blush pink ensemble which I paired with heavy yet intricate jewelry. Dressed in his pale cadet blue sherwani, Sidharth matched my lehenga with his belt and turban.”

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Reception
“Following the wedding, we hosted two receptions, one in Raipur and the second in Dubai. For our Raipur reception, Sidharth wore a navy blue sherwani, and I opted for an embellished Shyamal & Bhumika lehenga which I paired with a stunning three-layered jadau necklace. The reception at Dubai was a private and intimate affair for which I again stuck to my love for pastels, and donned an Anarkali by Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor, while Sidharth looked suave in his deep blue blazer.”

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Advice
“Be yourself and enjoy your wedding to the fullest! Every second of it is precious so make sure to have happy memories to look back at, and more importantly, start your future with a smile. For instance, I was laughing even during the 'bidaai' (farewell ceremony for the bride)!”

The Wedding Makers
Bride’s Outfits: Shyamal & Bhumika (Raipur Reception), Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor (Dubai Reception)
Jewelry: Wraps And Pack (Haldi)
Makeup Artist: Zaheer’s Makeup (Wedding)

Photography: KK Photography

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