Wedding Shenanigans amid Pandemic

The year 2020 has gone through one of the tough times in history. Amid this crisis, what is helping us stand strong and move ahead is the warmth and love of our close ones. With this comfort and support from family and friends, some people are using the time to pamper themselves and take a break from their regular lives. Others have embarked on a new journey and are experiencing a completely new phase of their lives. Take a look at a few couples, including celebrities from the city, who despite the challenges of the current scenario, decided to celebrate the spirit of their togetherness. Read ahead to know more about their lockdown love stories!            – Srivalli 

Miheeka Bajaj and Rana Daggubati 

Rana and Miheeka 
Pic Courtesy: The Perfect Toast

It all started when the Bahubali fame Rana Daggubati took to his social media and posted a picture along with gorgeous entrepreneur Miheeka Bajaj on May 12. The caption that read, "And she said Yes" soon became the talk of the town. This beautiful Jodi is setting some major couple goals with their lockdown wedding celebrations. In no time the couple made it official with their Roka Ceremony. While Rana looked handsome in all-white traditional attire, Miheeka stunned in a saree paired with minimal makeup and jewellery. The ceremony that took place in Hyderabad was an intimate one. Actors Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya too were present on occasion. Sharing a group picture from the day with her fans and followers, Samantha congratulated the newly engaged couple and wished them a happily ever after.  

Rana and Miheeka
Source: Instagram (Rana Daggubati)

As the couple is about to discover an entirely new chapter of their life, we can't wait. The wedding celebrations have already begun, and with each passing day, the couple is taking a step towards their big day. Miheeka recently made it official on Instagram and wrote; "The celebrations continue!" 

The bride-to-be shared a few pictures of her from the pre-wedding ceremony in a gorgeous mint green lehenga set. What stole the show was the matching mask that completed Miheeka's look, making her a perfect bride-to-be in the times of COVID-19.  

Rana and Miheeka
Pic Courtesy: The Perfect Toast

Speaking about his fiancé, Miheeka, who is the founder of Dew Drop Design Studio, Rana in an interview with CineExpress said, "She is so supportive and always keeps things easy for me". All smile pictures and romantic captions such as "My Happy Place" speak for the couples bond. Reportedly, both Rana and Miheeka have known each other for a very long time and are also family friends. Well, it looks like the lockdown and the pandemic have finally done something good, and these two gorgeous souls found love in each other. If this is not the perfect pandemic love story, we don't know what is! 


Sonia Sharma and Anuj Yamali

Sonia Sharma and Anuj Yamali

Sonia, a Psychiatrist at Columbus Hospital and CBO at LancesoftInc and Anuj, Director at LancesoftInc, make a beautiful couple whose lockdown wedding was an ideal celebration of love, culture and tradition. The uncertainties of the pandemic created a situation where both of them could connect only over calls; no meeting and no dates. That is when the couple decided to go ahead with the wedding. Sonia and Anuj tied the knot in both Rajsthani and Andhra style, at Sonia's parent's home in the city on May 24, 2020.

Sonia and Anuj 

Sonia
Tell us about your journey as a couple. How did you two meet?
*Lovestruck in NYC * It all started when I met Anuj while visiting my brother in New York City. Not sure of the exact moment but something changed after that meet. I came back to India, and despite the distance and time difference; we would stay awake to catch up with each other. It just became difficult to let a day go by without talking to each other.

When you want something, the entire universe conspires in helping you to achieve it –The Alchemist. This turned out to be so true for us. Things started to fall in place. Soon Anuj returned to India for good (on my birthday), and we spoke our hearts out to our families. Later all of us took a trip to Dubai, and that is where he proposed to me...it was magical!

What were the precautions taken for the celebration?
We were 11 people, including our parents and siblings. Cutting down on the guest list was the biggest precaution taken, rest were general like sanitisation, PPE and masks.

What was the moment when you felt Anuj is the one? 
I always had an idea that a certain quality would help me know that this is the person I want to live my life with... but I have realised, love just happens, you don't know when and don't know why. 

What is the one thing that connects you both?
Love!

What is your idea of love?
Love is an emotion that makes you feel a certain kind of warmth and care for the person you love, and in its purest form, it's unconditional.

Sonia and Anuj 
Pic Courtesy: RVRPRO

Anuj 
How has your journey with Sonia been so far?
Grand, lovely, beautiful, cheerful, eye-opening, enhancing, positive, affectionate; all of this with a few moments of fights. 

When was it that you felt she is the one?
There are a lot of moments, but the one that tops the list is an exciting ski trip when we went to Hunter Mountains, New York.

What are your most and least favourite things about Sonia?
 I like that she is understanding, supportive, caring and enhances my life. What I don't like is that she is lazy, inconsistent and cannot convey her thoughts.

What is your idea of love?
Love is a feeling which drives one to care for other(s) regarding every aspect of life without expecting rewards or anything in return.


Nikhil Siddhartha and Pallavi Sharma

Nikhil and Pallavi

Actor Nikhil Siddhartha and Dr Pallavi Sharma made it to the headlines with their lockdown wedding and the precautions taken for all the attendees on the day. As soon as the actor shared the pictures on social media, this intimate wedding went viral, and netizens couldn't stop themselves from showering love for the newly married. 

The wedding was as beautiful as the couple. Nikhil and Pallavi looked perfect together on their big day! From Haldi ceremony to the main wedding, Nikhil shared pictures and video of their special day with his followers and fans on Instagram. While in some pictures, the bride and groom can be seen tying the knot, other pictures focused on the precautions taken at the venue. Be it providing sanitisers and masks or screening the guests; this couple followed all the necessary protocols while celebrating their togetherness with friends and family.

Nikhil and Pallavi

One of the pictures from the venue read, "Pallavi and Nikhil. Mask here, sanitisers there, love everywhere". The Happy Days fame actor further shared a video of southern star Raja Ravindra entering the venue, where he can be seen using sanitiser and mask. The actor's temperature was also recorded before entering the venue. "Keeping in mind the Govt. Guidelines on COVID-19, all guests were screened, and safety precautions are taken at #NikhilPallaviWedding," stated Nikhil on social media. Reportedly, Pallavi and Nikhil have dated each other for a long time. 

Nikhil and Pallavi
Pic Courtesy: Aswin Suresh Photography

In one of his recent interviews with TV5 Tollywood, the actor shared his cute love story that started when he met his ladylove at a friend's birthday party. He discovered that Pallavi was a doctor and since he too shares an interest in science, could talk to her for hours. The actor added that from that very moment he knew this beautiful and well-spoken girl was a perfect match for him. Later Nikhil got in touch with her through phone, and the conversations began. Next thing we know, Nikhil proposed and got married to the girl of his dreams. We wish them both a lifetime of happiness! 


Deepthi Brahmandlapally and Srimanth Mogili

Deepthi Brahmandlapally and Srimanth Mogili

From a couple who never believed in the idea of an arranged marriage to a couple who is head over heels in love, Deepthi and Srimanth have come a long way. Deepthi, an IT professional who was looking forward to leaving the city for a change, found her perfect partner Srimanth, a Network Engineer working in Australia, who had no plans of getting married soon. The couple got engaged on June 10 at a popular five-star hotel, Hyderabad. Here's more about this adorable Jodi.

Deepthi 
How did you two meet?
Where do I even start, it's hardly seven weeks since we met but feels like forever. My parents found this rishta through the common circle and arranged a meet for both the families at our home. We were both hesitant to initiate the conversation; thanks to our siblings to break the ice. Soon I realised we had a lot in common; that made me talk to him for straight 30-45 minutes. And it was a yes for me!

How did you both manage to get things done in the times of COVID-19?
We put a lot of thinking to decide the 'where and when' part. However, we both wanted to accept the situation as it is and plan accordingly. I think that thought made me decide to get engaged in the lockdown itself. From having a ceremony at home to hotels, we considered all the options available and finally took a call. Proper support and planning by both families helped us get through.

Meeting Srimanth for the first time and getting engaged in such a short period must have been a difficult decision.
To be honest, it was tough for me only before meeting him; I mean the idea of marriage itself was tough. Once I met him, the immediate positive vibe, and the intuitions, everything worked out and made me feel I can spend the rest of my life with him. There is something called DESTINY above all!

What are your most and least favourite things about Srimanth?
I love the way he makes me express my chain of thoughts so effortlessly; I can see a completely new version of myself. However, I am still figuring out the least favourite things part.

Deepthi Brahmandlapally and Srimanth Mogili
Pic Courtesy: RVRPRO

Srimanth 
How has your journey with Deepthi been so far?
When I first met Deepthi, I thought she was beautiful and had enough positive vibes, but honestly, I didn't know that she is my mirror image. She is someone who finds happiness in little things and spreads love and smiles. It's amazing to have such a beautiful woman as my life partner. I never expected arranged marriages to be this perfect.

When was it that you felt she is the one?
After meeting each other for the first time, we did have a good candid chat. To my surprise, the mindsets, the values and principles we have as two separate individuals turned out to be. Moreover, I think no individual is perfect, but with all the minuses in one person should be balanced with pluses of another and I realised she's the one to balance me to make that perfect equation. 

What is your idea of love?
I think love is the ability to accept a person along with their flaws with extreme pleasure, just like we adore and accept their positive qualities.

How many people were invited to the celebration and what were the precautions taken?
We made sure not to exceed the limit of 50 members on our guest list. Additionally, from providing masks, gloves, sanitiser to social distancing, every necessary precaution was taken as per the Telangana Government guidelines.   


Vangapally Rethika and Suraj Chepyala

Vangapally Rethika and Suraj Chepyala

The beautiful story of Rethika, a freelance Digital Marketing Evangelist and Suraj, an Astrophysicist, is a perfect example that makes us believe in destiny. This Hyderabadi couple defines themselves as two uniquely connected adults who are finding their feet, exploring different career paths and planning a future together. Making the best out of the current situation, Rethika and Suraj got engaged on June 15 at N Diamond with 50 people on their guest list. Here's more about their journey and bond.       

Rethika 
Tell us about your journey as a couple. How did you two meet?
I met Suraj on December 2, 2019. It was an arranged meeting. We met along with our cousins for the first time. With time we have evolved as a couple from being strangers to two people madly in love.

Vangapally Rethika and Suraj Chepyala

Do you believe in love at first sight?
Love, at first sight, was something I never really believed. However, when my parents first mentioned Suraj, his profile caught my attention. The more I got to know about him, the more I wanted to meet him. And when the day had finally arrived, it all fell in place.

What was your idea behind getting engaged during the lockdown? 
Initially, our plan did not involve an engagement during the lockdown. We were supposed to get engaged on April 26. But we kept postponing it as per the official lockdown announcements, but things didn't seem to get better, so our parents decided to go ahead with the engagement on June 15. The main challenge was shopping, and Suraj has been unbelievably supportive throughout. It also helped us understand each other better.

What about Suraj that made you feel 'I want to spend the rest of my life with him'? 
Ever since I've met him, It has been an endless journey to discovering love in portions. However, it is this one day that Suraj decided to surprise me during the lockdown with a chocolate cake that he had baked himself to break my fast that I meticulously followed for a month. I always wished to marry someone who would care for the little things that I loved. And it was that moment I knew I found true love. 

Suraj
What is your idea of love?
My concept of love is of two people hand-in-hand embarking on a journey of a lifetime while embracing the volatility of situations and emotions that comes with a long partnership. It also includes sacrificing whole-heartedly for each other however difficult the times may seem.

Suraj
Pic Courtesy: Pixel Army

What is the one thing that connects you both?
Although we are two very different people who have different passion and interests, but our foundations in the way of life are inseparable. Our roots begin with the common values of our families: kindness to all, courtesy to the elderly, and welfare to those who require it.

How has your journey with Rethika been so far? 
My journey with Rethika has been incredibly unpredictable. Initially, after PelliChoopulu, I wasn't interested. However, I began realising that the more I met her, the more my life was changing with little increments. Everything felt beautiful, and the reason was Rethika!