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Gauri and Hiten
Actors Gauri Pradhan and Hiten Tejwani on their on-screen chemistry that translated into an off-screen relationship

About the Couple
The daughter of a retired Army Major, the Maharashtrian beauty moved from Pune to Mumbai to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Besides pursuing her roles in TV serials, Gauri whose other passion is psychology is doing a course in counseling and hopes to set up practice as a counselor soon. Sindhi dude Hiten hails from Borivili in Mumbai. He has done numerous modeling and television assignments and has acted in "Joggers Park" and "Krishna Cottage".

How they Met
The beautiful pair met in Hyderabad at the shooting of a commercial for 'Breeze' soap; later on, they were cast together in the television serials Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kutumb, and their reel romance translated into real-life romance too. "The fact that people kept saying we make a wonderful couple on television really helped, and we soon realized that we'd make a wonderful couple off-screen too", quip the models turned successful actors.

A Simple Affair
The wedding was held on the morning of April 29, 2004. The

venue was Pune's Sun-n-Sand Hotel and was conducted as

per Maharashtrian customs. Says Gauri: "All the arrangements were made by my parents and it was a simple affair with 40-50 close friends and relatives. Thanks to the fact that my parents were doing everything, I only had to take care of buying my clothes and accessories. Of course, I had to help Hiten with buying his stuff too. Since my parents were in Pune, and I had a hectic shooting schedule my close friends actress Mayoori Kango and journalist Arshiya Kapadia helped me co-ordinate the shopping bit."

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A Maharashtrian Wedding


The Reception
Says Hiten: "We also wanted a quiet and simple celebration without too much noise or fanfare. And since we didn't invite too many friends or professional acquaintances for the wedding, the reception at Juhu's Army Club on May 9, 2004 was a relatively big affair with over 400 guests. We didn't have a stage-like setting, but were at the entrance and mingled with all the guests. The dcor was simple and the menu included a Mughlai spread and some Chinese dishes."

What they Wore
For the morning pheras Gauri wore a yellow georgette sari with kundan and pink zardozi work that she teamed with a pink blouse and a pink dupatta that covered her head. "I picked the creation from Jaipur, a popular boutique in Juhu, that sources creations from Rajasthan, I really like their stuff and my friend Mayoori (hyper-link to article on Mayoori) also picked her bridal wear from there. I accessorised it with an antique gold set and Pandhari Jhuker, the veteran make-up artist did my make-up. Hiten wore a cream churidar kurta for the pheras." For the reception in Mumbai, Gauri picked an orange and rani pink lehenga from Hauz Khas, a boutique on Juhu Tara Road. Hiten wore a suit from Mumbai's Shoppers Stop.

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Gauri and Hiten at the Wedding

Gauri and Hiten at the Reception

Life after Marriage
After the wedding the newlywed beach lovers spent a relaxing week at Kohsamui, a beautiful island located an hour away from Bangkok. They now live in Andheri's Oshiwara area in the same flat which Gauri and her actress friend Mayoori Kango shared earlier. "Since we are both leading a very hectic schedule, we haven't had time to locate a new place yet but will do so soon", says Tejwani who now makes special efforts to finish his shooting schedule early and come home by 10 p.m. every night.

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Ronit and Neelam

About the Couple
Ronit Roy began his career by acting in Jaan Tere Naam. He has acted in over thirty films in ten years, but is best known for the characters he plays in two TV soaps, Mihir Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Rishab Bajaj in Kasauti Zindagi Ki.

Neelam Singh, a Rajput began her career in modeling. She participated in 'Femina Look of the year' in 1995 after which she was a regular on the Ramp. She has acted in commercials and television serials including Saans, Kaleerien and Koshish Ek Asha.

How they Met
Ronit and Neelam met at a friend's party four years ago. The duo says: "We liked each other in the first meeting, then occasionally met at parties, after which we exchanged telephone numbers. It took some time for us to decide on marriage, as we were both very busy with our careers. We planned to get married in February 2004, but preponed the wedding because Ronit was committed to his work projects in February. We decided on December and chose the most auspicious day- 25th December."

The Wedding Ceremonies
Tika and Ring ceremony: The wedding functions started with a tika and ring ceremony at Ronit's parent's home on 22nd December, 2003. It was a small gathering of close family members. Neelam wore a red and yellow bandhani saree picked from Jodhpur. Ronit wore a co-ordinated yellow kurta and churidar, which Neelam bought from Agra. The bride's side took Shagun to the groom's house and the ring ceremony soon followed. Both Ronit and Neelam's engagement rings are plain gold bands. The food was a typical Bengali home made lunch.

Mehendi: The bride's side organised for a mehendi ceremony on 24th Dec. Over hundred guests attended this function at The Club, Andheri. The function started in the afternoon and went on till evening.

Neelam's sister-in-law, Manasi dressing her in floral jewellery

Ronit and Neelam at the Mehendi

As a Bengali tradition, Ronit's sister-in-law got floral jewellery for Neelam. The floral pieces included earrings, a necklace, maangtikaa and armlets all made from mogra flowers. Neelam wore a chiffon sharara in a pink and sky blue combination with kundan work done all over. She bought the fabric from a friend and got it dyed and stitched. Ronit wore a brown colour self designed brocade kurta with cream satin churidar, which he picked from Mumbai's Millionaire boutique. Bollywood's ace make-up artist Jaiwant Thakrey and his team did Neelam's make up and hair for the mehendi and wedding. Mehendi artist Shahnaz and her team of girls did Neelam's mehendi.

The cuisine for the function was assorted. There were continental starters and chaat stalls, fresh fruits, juices and Indian and Chinese food. The dcor for the mehendi and the wedding was done with fresh flowers by Girish of Jaypal Decorators.

Haldi, Wedding and Reception
The Haldi ceremony was on 25th Dec at Neelam's home. The ceremony was for close family members and Neelam's sister-in- law gave her the traditional Bengali bangle, Shaka Pola on this occasion.

Neelam being carried (as per Bengali wedding traditions) by her brother for the wedding ceremony

The wedding ceremony conducted as per Bengali traditions

The wedding took place on the same evening, at The Resort, Madh Island. It was followed by a reception and dinner attended by 350 guests. Some of those present included Ronit's colleagues from his serials, film director Subhash Ghai and his wife, Aditya Pancholi and wife Zarina Wahab, Niki Aneja and husband Sunny Walia, singing sensation Sonu Nigam, actor Apoorva Agnihotri and his fiance Shilpa Saklani.

Ronit and Neelam with Ronit's mother, brother Rohit and his wife Manasi

The couple with Neelam's parents, her sisters and brother

Neelam with the female star cast of Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi

Ronit with the male star cast of Kyunki

Ronit and Neelam with Ronit's mother, brother Rohit, Subhash Ghai and his wife, Achint Kaur and Mohan Kapoor (of Saanp Seedi fame) at the Reception

What they Wore
Neelam wore a golden net ghaghra choli, which she had designed and stitched before her marriage was finalised. The net ghaghra had a silk inner lining, zardozi work on the border and semi-precious pearls, beads and swarovski crystals embedded all over. The choli had some work done on the borders in self-design brocade. She also had a red head dupatta and got her ghaghra dupatta re-embroidered with sequin work on the border to match the whole look. For jewellery Neelam wore a gold, pearl and ruby set, which her mother bought from Jaipur.

Ronit wore a full-embroidered silk Jodhpuri with a red bandhani stole and satin churidar from Jodhpur.

Wedding Planning Experiences
Says Neelam: "I planned almost all aspects of the wedding, took care of all the minute details and really enjoyed doing so. It was all very exciting and now with my experience I am ready to help my friends plan their weddings. Like in all weddings, whether well planned or unplanned, we too had to face some last minute crisis'. The car decorator refused to send anyone to pick up the car. The turban supplier didn't land up. But in both times my brothers were of great help and helped ease matters."

Ronit was shooting a day before the marriage and the day after marriage too. He took a five-day break from Balaji Telefilms and the newly wed couple had a honeymoon break in Goa.

This was Ronit's second marriage. His 12 year old daughter lives with her mother in the US. Ronit also runs a security agency, Ace Security & Protection which he started during a low phase in his acting career. He is currently busy acting in Kyonki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and Kasauti Zindagi Ki.

Ronit and Neelam have set up home in Oshiwara, near Andheri. WeddingSutra wishes them a happy and prosperous married life and great times ahead.

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