From Bumble to Virtual Wedding- Vineela & Shashank’s Love Story!
For Vineela Nalluri and Shashank Boddupallu it was almost a scripted, millennial love story. The couple had both moved to India recently and would occasionally cross each other while jogging. When they ended up being matched on Bumble, they recognized each other from their morning runs. They went on a few dates and eventually jogged right into their happily ever after. Though pandemic affected their plans, the couple opted for a virtual wedding to make everyone a part of their special day!
The couple shares their journey from planning their intimate wedding to virtual wedding services and some tips for other couples!
#1. The planning
However, the year 2020 has bought everyone their own unique challenges and this couple was no different. What was originally meant to be a March engagement and May wedding, came to a grinding halt because of COVID19. The couple had planned their big day in Uganda, where their parents were residing. But because of the pandemic, they were unable to fly. With no idea of when the flying situation would get better, and a rather limited number of muhurtams coming up, the couple decided to tie the knot in Bangalore in July. With their immediate family abroad, Vineela took on the mammoth task of planning the perfect virtual wedding!
“Even our parents couldn’t fly down for our wedding because of COVID! I had to organize everything frantically- the decor, food, photographer, tech, zoom set up and live streaming. Zoom and live streaming was most important for us given our parents and friends are all overseas,” says the bride. The couple scoured for locations in Hyderabad where they could hold their intimate wedding and eventually settled on a café. Beautiful flower backdrops and ambient lighting made this intimate ceremony stunningly beautiful.
#2. Going Virtual
“We used Wedding Wishlist for all our virtual wedding services, from the website to live stream and even the Zoom party. Overall, the experience was quite positive. My family and friends across the world were very happy to be part of the wedding virtually,” says the bride. With hundreds of guests logging in to view the celebrations, the couple could ensure that their loved ones were a part of their big day.
#3. Advice for other couples
“The best part of a Covid19 wedding was that we escaped a lot of stress and anxiety from people telling us how to do each ritual differently. A small wedding helped us be relaxed and if something didn’t go perfect, we had Covid19 to blame. At the end of the day, a wedding is about two people and how they wish to spend the rest of their life together. So, go ahead and get married. Don’t wait for things to change as never know what the next obstacle could be,” says Vineela to all the other couples stressing about their wedding celebrations!
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