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Real Weddings: A Virtual Love Affair

"We got to know each through innumerable calls, Skype sessions...and it is during this journey we fell in love. We were meant for each other and were determined to make the journey count."

Diya J Verma
Emirati Cricketer, Chirag Suri, and Industrialist, Anmol Punjabi, had their nuptials in the majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur.
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    When did you both meet?
     
    "Chirag and I met each other for the first time during Winter of 2014, when I had returned from my university on account of winter break. It wasn't planned at all, we coincidentally met at a night-out in Dubai. But who knew, right?" 

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    Tell us about your journey of falling in love.
     
    "Our journey has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. However, amidst that journey, there was never a sliver of doubt in our minds—we were meant for each other—and were determined to make the journey count. We fell in love during our long-distance dating period, as we got to know each other better, day-by-day, through innumerable phone calls, Skype sessions, banter, and travel."

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    Was there a formal proposal? Tell us more.
     
    "Yes! So Chirag is well-aware that I’m a sucker for good views, and that I always desired a special, magical proposal. No prizes for guessing- I got all that and more. We were in Athens, Greece, and he flew us to Santorini. Right after checking into the hotel, he told me to get ready as we were going to explore the city. We got all dressed and sat in the car which took us to a mountain top. As we got off the car and I walked up towards the peak, I could hear my favourite song playing, ‘fly me to the moon by Frank Sinatra’. It was in that moment that I knew he was going to get down on one knee. Let's just say, I got my fairytale proposal and the rest is history..."

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    Any anecdotes from your big day that you'd like to share?
     
    "The most precious, memorable moment for me was walking down the Umaid Bhawan staircase, leading to the royal mandap. My sister and I had planned each and every detail, and just seeing all that we had envisioned come to life, is something I'll keep close to my heart forever. They say God is in the details and we focused on just that—from my Sabyasachi wedding ensemble, to my 10 m long veil, shipped all the way from Europe—and even the AR Rahman composition, 'Nahin Samne', backed by live drum beats. It was perfect, truly magical."

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    Any advice for brides-to-be?
     
    "Dear brides-to-be, please buckle up because it’s going to be a hell of a ride! All things wonderful and a (little) bumpy. Stay calm, focused and delegate. There isn’t a 'one-size-fits-all' advice I can give to you, because it really depends on the type of bride you are; from really chill to really particular (get ready for #bridezillamoment). But one thing is for sure, you will need all the time to plan, so please don't leave things for the last moment. Starting well in advance is key! Thankfully, Yolo Entertainment was hands on, and made our dream wedding become a reality, right before our eyes."

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    Wedding Planner: @yoloentertainmentofficial 
    Filmmaker: @theweddingjournalsofindia

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