Rajan & Shifali Mumbai : ‘When an arranged match turns into a meaningful lockdown marriage’
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”- When Harry Met Sally
Shifali and Rajan were introduced to each other by their respective families and seemed to develop a strong liking towards each other instantly. They didn’t waste much time and gave the go-ahead to their families to take things to the next stage. Hence, a grand roka followed by multiple dates soon after and this lovely couple found themselves to be madly in love with each other! In short, theirs is a sweet, old-school and a happy love story.
There was no elaborate proposal as such in Shifali and Rajan’s case. They both knew they enjoyed being around the other and wanted to spend the rest of their lives with each other. All they did was convey their desire to get hitched to their loving families.
Shifali and Rajan were all set to tie the knot in a lavish Big Fat Indian wedding manner, but all their plans came to a standstill ever since the lockdown was imposed. Thankfully for them they had their pre-wedding shoot weeks before the lockdown was imposed on account of the severity of the situation! However, to rid themselves and all of the uncertainty of the future, they decided to take the leap and instead get married at home in the presence of their closest ones! And that was the beginning of their intimate and beautiful wedding.
Friends and family joined hands in helping them make the necessary arrangements for their big day. References came as a boon in such times and the couple managed to source all the things needed in the nick of time. They had a close-knit haldi and mehendi at home. Shifali kept it simple in a yellow kurta for her haldi and opted for a gorgeous red salwar suit for her mehendi. Even though these events were nothing like what they had planned, they were overwhelmed with all the love, support and sheer fun they had with their folks at these pre-wedding functions.
Shifali and Rajan found outfits on Instagram! And then what, they were ready to rock in their designer nuptial ensembles for the big day. Shifali donned a stunning pink lehenga from Royalista. Local artists were roped in to do the hair and makeup for her. Rajan looked no less in a colour coordinated pink sherwani and complimented his soon-to-be-wife perfectly!
It was indeed a memorable though unexpected experience for all. And the couple couldn’t be happier receiving all the blessings and support showered to them by their loved ones over zoom!
The couple only hopes that they can throw a reception bash once things are back to normal and rock in their custom-made outfits, pose for perfect pictures with their extended squad and celebrate the end of the lockdown all in one!
The Dream Team
Bride Outfit- Royalista
Pre-wedding Photographer- Amit Sood Photography
Mehendi Artist-Kalighata Mehandi
MUA- Shania Rajpaul