#SealedWithAKiss: The journey of Rahul Jhangiani and Shimul Patel

A love story that is straight out of a fairytale.

From a chance encounter in Paris seven years ago to a breathtaking wedding set against a stunning Goan sunset, the love story of celebrity photographer Rahul Jhangiani and entrepreneur Shimul Patel is straight out of a fairytale. Here's delving into the enchanting journey that led to their magical union.

How We Met

“Our story kicked off seven years ago in the heart of Paris—thanks to faith, a mutual friend and a wild night at Espit Chupitos. I might have gone a bit overboard with the shots, leaving her wondering who this crazy guy was! Our next run-in was in Dubai, where I found myself completely mesmerised by her, especially as she danced the night away while I was playfully carrying her bag. Funny how chance encounters pave the way for something magical.” 

The Next Step

“Since then, we’ve maintained a strong bond, staying close throughout the years. Fast forward to 2021, when our connection deepened in Dubai. Just a few months later, our friendship blossomed into a romantic relationship. I surprised her with a proposal surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of Masai Mara, aboard a hot air balloon—it was pure magic. She had no inkling it was coming, and that’s the beauty of being with the right person; everything falls into place effortlessly.” 

Memories That Will Last a Lifetime

“The moment she walked down the aisle, it was nothing short of breathtaking. It felt like time stood still, and I was in awe of her beauty and grace. But it was her dad’s words that hit me hard. He had said, ‘I’m giving you our daughter, please take care of her.’ In that instant, a wave of responsibility and maturity washed over me, making me feel ready to conquer the world alongside her, ready to navigate life’s adventures together... Having our loved ones gathered around us on our special day was nothing short of a blessing and dream come true. Witnessing the joy and happiness in their eyes filled our hearts with an overwhelming sense of love and belonging. It was a dreamlike atmosphere, so surreal and filled with an indescribable amount of soulful love. These moments, so dreamy and unforgettable, will forever be etched in our hearts.” 

My Advice

“To ensure everything aligns with your vision, it’s essential to be fully engaged right from the start. We were hands-on throughout, meticulously crafting every detail from conception to execution. It was a joint effort, from brainstorming creative ideas to bringing them to life. Every decision, whether about décor or selecting vendors, bore our personal touch. Even the minutest detail, like the design of the mandap, was a result of our joint vision and dedication. Being involved every step of the way makes the celebration truly your own.”

The Details

Wedding Planning & Décor: TWA Design Studio, The Wedding Page India and The Bliss Company

Photographer: House on the Clouds

Hair: Marce Pedrozo

Make-up: Savleen Kaur Manchanda and Riddhima Sharma

Bride’s Outfits: Falguni Shane Peacock, Sabyasachi and Abhinav Mishra

Groom’s Outfits: Shantanu & Nikhil, Faraz Manan, and Falguni Shane Peacock

Location: Casa Waters, Vagator, Goa

All images: House on the Clouds

This article originally appeared in Brides Today January-February 2024 print issue.

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