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“What’s meant to be yours, will always find it’s way to you.”
There was this mystical quality in the energy that Ragini & Pav shared – like old souls who found their way to each other, beating all odds & probabilities, time & space. Ragini met Pav at a university party while she was studying in New Zealand and in her own words, she fell in love with him at first sight but they never did end up becoming too close during her years there. Once college ended, both moved to different parts of the world and they may have never met again — but as fate would have it, they reconnected online & the rest is history!
Fast forward to January 2020: We witnessed friends & family of all ages, various ethnicities, from all over the world, come together in a quaint corner of Mysore to celebrate Ragini and Pav. Most of their events were held at Wind Chimes – an elegant Victorian-style building from 1918 with sprawling gardens that have a gorgeous canopy of the two 100-year old rain trees that were made to look even more gorgeous with bright balls of light and tasseled basket lamps hanging from the branches, designed by with one of our favourite wedding designers With Love, Nilma.
The first & most spine-tingling performance that set the tone for the evening was the Haka, a ceremonial war dance from the MÄori culture – performed by the groomsmen and guests – paying homage to the culture of the indigenous people of New Zealand, where Pav’s family is from. The bride’s Mysorean side was second to none, bringing all their friends and family onto the dance floor for an impressively choreographed, high energy routine that had Ragini dancing in her seat and led to a fully packed dance floor!
We saw them all again in less than twelve hours, bright and early for the Hindu wedding ceremony. It was warm, colourful and emotional. Pav couldn’t keep his eyes off Ragini and nobody could stop smiling. Come evening, a smaller group of inner circle friends and family congregated in Wind Chimes for an intimate dinner reception. Just like every event so far, it was evident a lot of thought had gone into it — there was an elegant seating chart, a flurry of white candles (with their customised monogram!) and flowers and even adorable disposable cameras for everyone seated at the head table. There were hilarious speeches from the best man and maid of honour while Pav and Ragini’s concluding speeches did not leave a dry eye in the house. Everywhere we looked, we could see the abundance of love everyone had for the couple.
It was a celebration everyone present would remember for a long time, including us. Love and luck, Ragini and Pav! #PAVFOUNDHISCAMPION