A Modern Indian Wedding in Bali of Shweta and Abhimanyu. This event was a celebration of two days Indian wedding in Bali. They wanted to honour their Indian culture, but they also wanted a modern feel to their celebrations. They arrange it by having a Sangeet day on the first day at Villa Tjitrap Seminyak, and a modern wedding day for the main ceremony at Villa Anugrah Bali.
How did you two meet?
Abhi: We are a true millennial couple – we met on Facebook! In late 2014, I was in Dubai and Shweta was in Mumbai. She was one of the bloggers I reached out to as part of a marketing campaign I was managing for a client. Our first conversation was strictly professional and lasted all of 2 minutes as she wasn’t keen on a collaboration. However, having stalked her on Facebook and Instagram, I was besotted by her pretty face and intrigued by her interesting personality – so I turned my charm on and masterminded a plan to impress her (single guys, take notes).
After deceiving Shweta into giving me her address, I bribed her (and her roomates, importantly) with chocolates from Dubai, shared some of my favourite books (faking intellect), wrote handwritten letters (displaying my soft side), and sent carefully angled photos (downplaying my big nose). The elaborate plans worked better than expected as within three months we were dating, without having even met each other! Our friends and family thought we were crazy, which we were – crazy in love.
Soon enough, Shweta, the queen of surprises, decided to pay me a secret visit in Dubai. She plotted an elaborate plan with my parents to instruct me to pick my aunt from the airport in Dubai. So there I was, in my pyjamas, at 2 AM, waiting for my aunt at the airport, cursing my luck. As I was busy looking into my phone, stalking Shweta’s Instagram, I felt a little tap on my shoulder. I turned around, and lo and behold, Shweta and Abhi met for the first time!
I did get back at her with my very own surprise a few years later with the proposal. 🙂
How did Abhi propose?
Shweta: While struggling through our long distance relationship, Abhi & I planned a trip to Leh/Ladakh. We had planned to go to Pangong Lake on Day 4 which was under deliberation due to the lack of toilets during the 5 hour drive (first world problems). Abhi didn’t try to convince me as he didn’t want to give anything away but I knew he really wanted to go to Pangong lake so I decided to brave the drive.
Abhi was acting strangely happy and overtly nice during the drive. I was trying to sleep to avoid needing a rest room however he was wide awake and quite chirpy. I didn’t think much of it then but in hindsight he was clearly excited and nervous.
After having breakfast at the lake and enjoying the scenery, he started whispering random sweet things and got on one knee. I didn’t expect it at all.
In the lead up to the day, he even trained the driver to use our DSLR camera to take our secret pictures.
What was your most memorable date?
Shweta: The first time we met and our first ever date at Madinat Jumeirah Souk in Dubai.
Abhi: Wine and cheese picnic date at Mrs. Macquarie’s chair in Sydney for my first birthday with her in 2015. We sat under a hundred year old tree, baked under the winter sun and had the most beautiful views of the Harbour Bridge.
What is your favourite activity to do together?
Shweta: Travelling and Netflix
Abhi: Any sort of game or sport together – board games, cards, gambling (yes, we are addicts), ping-pong, tennis.