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Bella Notte – The wedding of Sameera and Pramod

The wedding of Sameera and Pramod on August 6th in Hyderabad had a magical atmosphere as family and friends blessed their union.

First Impressions

Sameera and Pramod were introduced to each other by a family friend. ‘Our parents didn’t put any pressure on us,’ says Sameera, ‘and Pramod was my very first suitor (though I wasn’t his first!:D) so I wasn’t in any hurry to get married. When I saw his picture for the first time, it was a Linkedin profile picture in which he looked very nerdy, and seeing that he had a Ph. D and was probably extremely studious, I decided that there was no way I would marry him.

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So the first time we spoke, I thought the conversation would last for about ten minutes, but we ended up speaking for around two hours, and my negative impression was broken. Our first meeting was in my Uncles’ house where they arranged a formal ‘bride seeing ceremony’. But it was too crowded with relatives and we did not get to spend time together.

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The Question

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So the next weekend, he drove down to New York to meet me and we had a great time trying out different food and visiting places. When we spoke the next week, he proposed to me, but it came as such a surprise to me that I went blank and hung up!’, she laughs. ‘But I called him back after a couple of hours and explained that I was just a bit taken aback, and I also said yes. I realised that he was the sort of person who wouldn’t pressurise me and would respect my independence and space.”

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The Wedding

As for the wedding planning, the couple’s parents took care of the arrangements for the whole event since both the bride and groom were in the U.S. ‘The only shopping I did after reaching India was to select my saris. As relaxing as it was, I was partly disappointed because I wanted to be more involved in my wedding preparations,’ says Sameera.

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Was there anything else that bothered Sameera before the wedding? ‘The three months before my wedding, I was a bit anxious and worried about getting married,’ she says, ‘but my mom was my constant support and strength. She kept me calm at all times and whenever I was apprehensive she comforted me.’

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To Future Brides

What Sameera would like to tell future brides is to relax and not worry too much. ‘If you’ve already decided to go ahead with the marriage, it’s best that you have no doubts, just keep calm and trust your partner. Everything will be fine. Glitches might happen, but that’s okay, take it with a pinch of salt.’

Little Treasures

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When it comes to her favourite moments from her wedding, Sameera remembers the day before with more fondness. ‘The day before the wedding, Pramod and his family came to our house for dinner, all dressed up. This was the first time it was a meeting between just our two families. It was a really special night. I liked showing him my room and the place where I had grown up. That night had a very romantic air to it,’ she smiles.

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