From the start Neha and Adeel’s romance wasn’t only about the flowers, the moonlight and date nights. It was also about the utmost commitment towards each other.

Venues: Kino Cottage, Juhu, Mumbai; Gallops; Mahalaxmi Racecourse Mumbai

Date of wedding: 12 January 2020

Planner: Neha Adeel & Co.

Caterer: Venue

Makeup: Make Up My Mansi. @mansididwhat

Photographer and videographer: Talking Pictures By Hitesh

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Adeel and I worked in different divisions of the same company in Dubai and were introduced to each other at a work get together. My heart definitely skipped a beat and later into our romance, I found out that it was similar for Adeel too.

One of my friends was visiting Dubai and I took the opportunity to ask Adeel to drive me to the airport. He did one better and asked me out for dinner. It ended up being a dinner at Soho grill, picking up my friend and then all of us partying together late into the night. We kept arranging dinners and appointments just to be in one another’s company. I am a very practical girl, and my friends would actually say I have no romantic bone in my body. Adeel is my exact opposite. He told me his company was having a recreation programme over the weekend at The Ritz Carlton- Al Hamra Beach, RAK. When we reached there it was to a beautiful dinner set up in a chalet where Adeel got down on his knee to pop the question. Of course, I said yes.

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We got married in Mumbai, India. The planning took us nine months, and eight flights back and forth between Dubai and Mumbai. It was the most intense and crazy period of our lives. Trying to co-ordinate all the suppliers over weekend trips, and international phone calls was a lot of hard work, but absolutely worth it in the end.

Our wedding itself was spread over three days of great fun and merriment. We had friends and family flying in from all over India and the world. The henna function – where I got my hands and feet decorated with beautiful designs, and Adeel’s name hidden in it – was followed with lots of dancing to the beats of the Punjabi dhol (drums). Later that afternoon we had the haldi ceremony and in the evening a rock ‘n’ roll party for all our friends. The second day was a lot less hectic. We had an intimate brunch with our closest friends and a private photoshoot.

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The third day was reserved for our official wedding registration at the court house, followed by a reception with lots of delicious food, music and dancing.

Dress: Mehendi Outfit Designer – Reet by Bhavna & Shweta, Dubai

After party Dress: Lace & Beads

Reception Outfit Designer: Soltee by Sulakshana Monga

Rings: Fergus James

Her shoes: Valentino

Groom’s attire Mehendi: Purusham, Mumbai

Grooms attire Reception: Gaurav Gupta

Grooms Shoes: Shutiq India

Our bridesmaids: Their Own

Flowers: Arth Eventertainment

Cake: The Cake Lady, Mumbai

Wedding song: XO John Mayer

Unique touches: Handmade favours for guests. Colourful pouches filled with combinations of Indian jewellery & Jenga blocks placed on tables signed by guests

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