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Richie and Vishwa’s story has all the elements of a rom-com – friends first, then they were lovers but had to spend some time apart before they finally tied the knot.The bride shares highlights of their grand wedding at the Taj Falaknuma Palace along with photographs by WeddingSutra Favorite – WeddingNama.

Richie and Vishwa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

How we met
Richie and Vishwa met at the Aston University, Birmingham and were friends for a few years. Their friendship evolved into something more only after they returned to India. Richie lived in Hyderabad, Vishwa was in Mumbai and a long distance relationship was what they settled for.

Richie and Vishwa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad Richie and Vishwa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

The Proposal
They had a strategy though. Vishwa would visit Richie in Hyderabad every 15 days. Richie would come to Mumbai the fortnight after. Things were working out alright but it was time for the soulmates to unite. Vishwa took the first step and brought an end to their long-distance dilemma in April 2017 when he proposed to Richie by planting a ring under their seats, while scuba diving in the Maldives.

Richie and Vishwa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Wedding Venue
The couple decided to get married at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, an easy decision since it was where they had their first ‘panipuri’ date! Richie remembers the day like it was yesterday. She says, “I was in my comfy casuals, all set to take a two-wheeler to eat panipuri and Vishwa kept telling me to dress up in a fancy outfit. I didn’t understand really but changed anyway. And thank goodness I did because he took me to Taj Falaknuma Palace to have panipuri!”

Richie and Vishwa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

Wedding Functions

Haldi and Pool Party
Marigold Weddings planned the wedding and the décor for each event was customized as per the couple’s wishes. Richie particularly loved the décor at this party where even minute details like a series of mystic symbols - dream-catchers, wind chimes and colorful origami - caught everyone’s eye.

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Sangeet
The Sangeet had a ballroom theme. The ladies wore gorgeous evening gowns while men suited up in tuxedos. The extravagant décor complemented the dazzling night.

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Wedding
Richie loves elephants and this little detail was also beautifully infused into the wedding décor.

The couple’s wedding took place in January 2018 but even today, they cherish all the beautifully captured photos and videos as if it just happened. The bride believes it’s all down to WeddingNama who captured their magical moments perfectly. She says, “We couldn't have been happier with our wedding day photographs and films - it's been a year to our wedding and we still enjoy re-watching every picture and video. Akash has a very professional approach and he handled all our requests patiently."

Richie and Vishwa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad
Richie and Vishwa, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

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Advice for couples
Richie admitted she did have some bridezilla moments but wasn’t really nervous before the wedding. And she was happy and excited to join a family so warm and welcoming. The one tip that she has for every bride-to-be is, “Brides need to mentally prepare themselves for this life-changing milestone before the ‘I Do’ moment.”

Wedding Makers
Venue: Taj Falaknuma Palace
Event planners: Marigold Weddings
Makeup Artist: Aliya Baig
Bride & Groom's Outfits: Kalki, Deepak Parwani, Nivedita Saboo and Asbaab

Photography: WeddingNama

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