Anushka and Aditya got engaged during a vacation to Paris for a birthday celebration Image Credit: Supplied

Love at first sight. That is not how Anushka Ranjan and Aditya Seal’s love story began. “In 2017, Aditya was taking part in a charity fashion show organized by my mother and I was helping her out. During the rehearsals, when I asked Aditya what he thought of the clothes and whether he was comfortable in them, he made a casual remark saying ‘If it’s good for you, it’s good with me.’ At the moment I thought he was a bit stuck up,” says Anushka, a model and actor.

But that initial misunderstanding did not last for too long. Soon after, the two began to meet more regularly, thanks to the numerous mutual friends, and they realized that they had plenty in common. “I cannot put a finger on a particular moment when I felt I was in love with Aditya and wanted to spend the rest of my life with him.”

The two tied the knot on November 21 last year and are happy to share their memories from the intimate ceremony that included loads of fun and entertainment with good friends and loved ones from the industry and beyond.

“In the years that I have known him, Aditya has always been an extremely loving and caring person who is very attentive and has always made me feel special. Being with him felt right and comfortable. So marriage felt like a natural progression to our relationship,” she says.

Excerpts from an interview:

Tell us about the proposal.

We were in Paris to celebrate my birthday. I remember we came back to the hotel after a lovely dinner and sitting down to watch a compilation of video wishes from my extended family and friends, many of whom Aditya had not even met, but had made the effort to speak with them and request them to send in their wishes only because these people are important to me. Towards the end of the compilation was his own video where he was saying he did not know what to say and went on to add, “why don’t you turn around”. And as I turned around there he was with a ring in his hand and tears of joy in his eyes. Both of us were extremely moved by the beauty of the moment and it’ll always be a special day for me.

What were the highlights of the wedding?

Initially we wanted a destination wedding but when we realised that travel restrictions because of Covid was making it impossible to plan, we decided to get married in Mumbai itself. Having said that, Covid restrictions notwithstanding, both of us wanted an informal intimate ceremony where we could interact with all the guests and ensure everyone had fun and enjoyed as much as we did. As far as décor was concerned, we did not have a particular theme in mind, just pretty yet neutral colours. Keeping in mind that none of the events had a dress code, I did not want the guests to feel overwhelmed by the décor while taking pictures. It was lovely to see everyone comfortable.

Tell us about your bridal outfit.

I wore an Anita Dongre outfit for my mehendi and Manish Malhotra’s for my Sangeet. My bridal lehenga was designed by a close family friend Mohini Chhabria. I love silver, lilac and white, and she translated my dream outfit into a beautiful reality. I know lilac is not a traditional Indian bridal colour, but then I’m not known for following rules all the time.

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