Lakshita Malhotra (25) and Krishna Mehra (26) don’t have a romantic proposal story to share. ‘That’s because he never proposed or went down on one knee,’ laughs Lakshita.

Krishna more than made up for it when he got down on one knee at their wedding in January to take Lakshita’s hand and lead her to the mandap for the pheraas. ‘That was completely unexpected because it was something I had always teased him about,’ says Lakshita of her favourite moment of the Bengaluru-based couple’s wedding at Fairmont Ajman.

Four different ceremonies across two days marked the culmination of the college sweethearts’ six-year love story
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The beautiful ceremony conducted on the resort’s beachside helipad was one of four different ceremonies across two days that marked the culmination of the college sweethearts’ six-year-long love story. The two met while finishing their undergrad in Bengaluru and bonded over being the only two Punjabis in their friend circle and a shared love of food. ‘As time passed, we started having conversations of our own that no one knew about.’ Before they knew it, the friendship had blossomed into love.

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Marrying your best friend means you have a wedding sprinkled with playful moments, from Krishna playing hard to get as Lakshita tried to garland him at the Varmala ceremony – one Krishna counts as his favourite moment, to Krishna joining the band ROOH to serenade Lakshita post the pheraas with a rendition of the Bollywood song Ban Ja Tu Meri Rani. Just like they shared their lunches in college, the eight-month long wedding planning process was a joint venture that saw the couple team up with their wedding planner Saniya Wahi of Events by Saniya to embellish the festivities with elements of their love story and their personalities.

‘We wanted all the functions to look colourful so we played around with bright colours and fun room signage for the décor,’ Krishna explains. The vibrance also extended to wedding favours – colourful clutches for the ladies and pocket squares for the men as well as the bride and groom’s outfits that were thoughtfully coordinated to be in contrasting colours instead of the clichéd matching couple outfits.

Lakshita had a customised latkan by Payal Gumber (a long tassel) on her wedding lehenga that had their names, the date they started dating and the date of their wedding embroidered on it.

Of course, they left no stone unturned to ensure that the food – the element that first played cupid and brought the foodies together – at every function was top notch. ‘We personally finalised the menu with the Fairmont team and ensured our favourites such as keema pav, butter chicken, dal makhni were served,’ says Krishna.

‘Krishna was a walking balance sheet and handled all the cost-related and technical aspects, such as asking the hotel’s permission to use the helipad,’ says the digital marketer on her businessman husband’s contribution.

When she prodded him to formally ask her for her hand in marriage six years ago, Krishna gave her a swoon-worthy response: ‘I don’t have to ask for what’s already mine for a lifetime and beyond.’

It’s been two months since the wedding, and Lakshita couldn’t agree more about that.