The wedding of Preeti Hannah Daniel to Nithin George John on the 5th of August, 2013, in Chennai, is the dreamy story of the coming together of a couple meant for each other.
‘Nithin and I were introduced to each other by one of our mutual friends, about a year before we got married, (although we were already acquaintances),’ says Preeti. ‘He was in the U.S. then, so we spoke on the phone every day, The first time we spoke, I was at a concert with my family, so there was romantic music playing in the background, and the ambience was beautifully lit.
I remember being very impressed with his voice,’ she admits. ‘Coincidentally, the name of the song that was playing in the background when we were talking was ‘Let’s fall in love’! What with the magical atmosphere of the night, thinking of it now, it was an enchanting evening!’
‘Soon we got to know each other and started considering the idea of marriage. He even composed a piece of music for me, and titled it Painting a Dream!’ says Preeti.
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So was it a smooth or a bumpy ride going about with organising the wedding? ‘There were quite a few challenges when it came to coordinating with the church authorities and working around their rules to organise the reception the way we had planned since we wanted to have the reception too in the church grounds,’ says Preeti. ‘And getting the decorators to work with the light and sound system contractor was a bit difficult.
I wanted a different stage from what the church already had, and I didn’t want the decoration to look too fabricated but wanted a more natural, DIY look. So getting all that together was a challenging task. I’m one of those people who feels the need to oversee every detail to make sure it’s perfect, even though there were so many people around to help, so handling everything together was a bit difficult.’
But it seems like these weren’t her main concerns. ‘The major thing I was worried about was the weather since we had an outdoor reception. We had to hope and pray that it wouldn’t rain, ’says Preeti. ‘And of course, I was worried about the fact that I was getting married itself.
So, in a way, I think I kept myself busy with wedding preparations as a numbing factor to the reality that I was getting married and pretend to myself that I didn’t have cold feet. But as it turned out, it didn’t rain, the decoration and the outfits of the bridal entourage turned out beautifully, and the relationship I entered with cold feet turned out to be warm and rosy,” she smiles.
Every bride has their own support system to lean on when things go awry. For Preeti, it was her family and friends who stood by her during the stressful months of wedding planning and were there to advise her. ‘They were silent supporters and hard workers.
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My friends stayed over at my house a few nights and helped me out with all the wedding arrangements. And Nithin too was extremely supportive. He didn’t discourage or dismiss my ideas when many others did. He just asked me to plan it the way I wanted and to go ahead with the preparations. ‘
What word of experience would Preeti like to pass on to future brides? ‘The one I would stress on is to delegate the work to people around you who are eager to help so that you don’t have to struggle by yourself at the last minute. Make sure that you plan everything well ahead of time so that at least the week before your wedding you’ll be free to have fun with family and friends. Also, plan ahead with your photographer/videographer about what kind of formatting and sequencing you want, so that you will like the final result.’
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Which moments of her wedding does Preeti treasure the most? ‘I remember being amused at how Nithin’s hand trembled as he put the ring on my finger,’ laughs Preeti. ‘I thought I was the only one to have cold feet!’ Walking down the aisle and seeing all the people I knew waving or smiling at me was definitely fun and a very precious memory,’ says Preeti.
‘The other fun fact was that we got to do most of the fun work as a family and as a bunch of friends. We tied up the ‘thank you’ favours, customised the wedding invitations, and even did some elements of the decoration together.
I really enjoyed having all my close friends and cousins right there with me as the bridal party when I was getting married. My family and friends travelled from all around the world to be with me, so having all these special people around us as we said our vows made it my dream wedding.’
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