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Real Weddings: Falling In Love A Bit More Everyday

Surreal, vibrant and intimate is all of what was Amit Shah and Aditya Madiraju's wedding.

Diya J Verma
  • Amit and Aditya on their Mehendi ceremony
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    Amit and Aditya on their Mehendi ceremony

    Amit Shah is the Owner and Creative Director of AATMA Performing Arts and Touring Production Mystic India: The World Tour I, while Aditya Madiraju works in the field of Risk Data Management in a New York City bank. They met at a common friend's birthday celebration in Manhattan, instantly connected, and the rest is history.

  • The couple share a laugh
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    The couple share a laugh

  • The couple's mehendi
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    The couple's mehendi

  • Amit, Aditya and their baby Adam
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    Amit, Aditya and their baby Adam

    Sharing a common interest in fashion and a mutual love for travel, the two instantly connected. "It felt great to meet someone on the same wavelength who shared similar interests," said Aditya, while reminiscing about their first date at a Mexican restaurant near Wall Street, that lasted a long 4 hours.

  • Amit and Aditya with their mothers
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    Amit and Aditya with their mothers

  • Amit and Aditya with their parents
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    Amit and Aditya with their parents

    They had an intimate mehendi ceremony in their backyard, which was decorated with traditional marigold flower and beautiful lights.

  • The couple pose for a picture with their loved ones
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    The couple pose for a picture with their loved ones

  • The couple walking the streets of New York City
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    The couple walking the streets of New York City

    "I think we were quick to fall in love, we both knew after the first date that this was something real. It took a few months to realise how deeply connected we both were, and that every day is a new adventure. We both believe you fall in love a little bit every day once you meet your soulmate. It's an ongoing process. I would say we are more in love now than we ever have been before." - Aditya Madiraju 

  • Pause for a moment and strike a pose
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    Pause for a moment and strike a pose

  • The couple on their reception ceremony at Pondicheri in NYC
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    The couple on their reception ceremony at Pondicheri in NYC

  • Hand-in-hand
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    Hand-in-hand

    "We are a very low key couple in that sense and never really felt the need to do any of that," said Aditya Madiraju, while telling us about there not being a formal proposal. As time passed, they both knew that they wanted to take their relationship to the next level. 

  • It's time to bust a move!
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    It's time to bust a move!

  • The couple pose for a picture
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    The couple pose for a picture

  • The henna on the wedding day
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    The henna on the wedding day

  • Taking their pup Adam for a stroll
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    Taking their pup Adam for a stroll

  • The couple get an adorable picture clicked with their dog Adam
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    The couple get an adorable picture clicked with their dog Adam

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    While talking about their magical wedding, Aditya said, "We both knew what the other person was thinking and things unfolded very organically. We both knew it was time for us to get married and there was an unspoken understanding." 

  • The couple wearing Anita Dongre outfits on their wedding day
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    The couple wearing Anita Dongre outfits on their wedding day

  • The couple with their respective families on their special day
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    The couple with their respective families on their special day

    When inquired about how it felt to meet the respective families, they revealed that both their families were extremely welcoming. Amit's family went the extra mile to make sure that Aditya felt comfortable, and vice versa. "My family and friends probably love Amit more than they love me," says Aditya.

  • Amit with his mother at the temple
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    Amit with his mother at the temple

  • Couldn't be happier
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    Couldn't be happier

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  • The couple seek blessings from their parents
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    The couple seek blessings from their parents

  • The couple pose for a photograph
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    The couple pose for a photograph

    What was your wedding like?
    "Intimate, personal and vibrant would be the three words I could use to describe our wedding," says Aditya. Despite having smaller, intimate functions, everything was meaningful and felt just right.  

  • Close friends and family get together to bless the happy couple on the auspicious occasion
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    Close friends and family get together to bless the happy couple on the auspicious occasion

  • Everyone is as happy as they could be
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    Everyone is as happy as they could be

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  • The couple share a moment
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    The couple share a moment

    Anecdotes from your big day: "The entire experience was quite surreal. One of the most beautiful moments was having 18 members of our family and our best friends perform the puja with us. We all sat in a circle and did it together. It was a beautiful scene and we are so lucky to have had that."

  • We're hitched!
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    We're hitched!

  • The couple share their love with their pup, Adam
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    The couple share their love with their pup, Adam

    Photographers: Charmi Pena & Paulo Salud
    Flower Garlands: Elegant Affairs
    Reception Venue: Pondicheri
    Reception Florals: Ajna Jai (Pondicheri)
    DJ: Bollywood Djs
    Mehndhi Arrite: Bohame
    Wedding Attire: Anita Dongre
    Reception Attire: Andaz Design

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