Pratiksha and Chris, Hotel Express Inn, Nashik
The wedding ceremony of friends turned life partners - Chris and Pratiksha was fun, colourful and just as remarkable as their love story!
Sometimes you have to look far ahead for love, and sometimes it’s right next door. Pratiksha and Chris were neighbors from the time they were in school. Great friends, Chris even tried to set Pratiksha up. But then, better sense prevailed. Chris mustered up the courage to confess his feelings to Pratiksha 12 years ago.
How They Met
Like a good old Bollywood movie, Chris and Pratiksha grew up as neighbors and classmates, prepping for exams together, sharing notes and even trying to find each other dates. It was during their board exams though that Chris said three little words to Pratiksha. He didn’t give her a chance to respond to his ‘I love you’ on the telephone. He hung up!
But it worked because a few months later, they began seeing each other.
The couple wanted a wedding that was accessible to their guests but far from Nashik’s madding crowds. So they chose The Cobble Street for their Hindu wedding, followed by a Catholic wedding at St. Mary’s Forane Church, while an opulent reception soiree was hosted at the grand Hotel Express Inn.
The haldi was the first time the groom ever experienced one, so clearly he was in for a treat! The bride’s family and the couple’s friends got crazy and broke the dance floor. Yellow marigold blooms brightened up the entire set-up and what stood out was the floral photo booth for the guests.
The bride shares, “We always wanted to get married by the beach but that wasn’t an option in Nashik. So we looked for a place away from the city crowd. The Cobble Street is truly a beautiful location. It has green lawns, a mini-theatre and lots of murals on the walls.
Since it was a day wedding, we used pink and white drapes and took the color scheme across the venue. KodoClicker did an amazing job capturing all the intricate details of the set-up and all the wonderful moments we shared right from when the baraat arrived. I still can’t forget the sight of watching Chris riding a horse. It had taken me three months to convince him to do this because he was so scared of falling off the horse! It had to be one of the best moments of the wedding.”
“Getting married in a church has always been a dream of mine. So many people helped that moment come true and I’m so glad we had the KodoClicker team on board to capture it all. It is a memory of a lifetime! Their photography and videography skills are beyond appreciation. They are fabulous! The nuptials went just as planned and we couldn’t be happier.”
The bride says she and her groom were thrilled with the venue. “The reception at Express Inn was perfect! We had our first dance just as we had dreamed since we began dating. To our surprise, KodoClicker came up with a very creative and interesting idea of taking pictures/video with some beautiful sparklers. It was a lovely evening with family and close friends.”
Advice for couples getting married
“Envision your dream wedding and write down all the details; venue, guest list, menu, wedding attire, jewelry, pre-wedding shoot – everything you can or have imagined.
Belonging to two completely different religions (Catholic and Hindu) and speaking different languages (Malayalam and Marathi) we had our challenges with almost everything. No matter what the odds are and no matter what everyone else says, your love for each other will help you get through.
At first, it might be chaotic. You’ll worry it’s not going to go your way. But stay committed and work on one task at a time. Slowly you will see your dream wedding becoming a reality. And most importantly, enjoy each and every second of your wedding and capture every moment in your heart – this is a once-in-a-lifetime event!”
The Wedding Makers
Venue: Hotel Express Inn, Nashik
Decor: Gupta Decorators, Nashik
Makeup Artist: Rupali Gangurde, Nashik
Bride’s Outfits: Bharatkshetra, Mumbai (Hindu Wedding), Baley’s Bridal, Dallas (Catholic Wedding), Seematti’s Kanchipuram, Kerala (Reception),
Groom’s Outfits: Manyavar (Hindu Wedding), Suit Supply, Dallas (Catholic Wedding), Manyavar (Reception)