Excited & Ecstatic: A day like no other
The couple who spent months together planning their big day, shares their special moments. “I was very nervous about getting married because being the only daughter I was close to my parents and I was sceptical about getting adjusted into a new family. I was excited about entering into a new family and spending an entire lifetime with them,” says Sailaja, close relative of the former late CM.
Love at first sight
Even though theirs is an arranged marriage their love has only grown with time. “Ours was an arranged marriage. We met through a common friend and spoke for some time and both our families arranged for a mutual meeting. But the minute both of us saw each other we knew we were destined for each other. I was bowled over by the fact that he said yes to me immediately,” says Sailaja, who does recruitment projects for the government.
The big fat Telugu wedding
Hailing from the illustrious family, Sailaja Reddy and Vivek Reddy had a big fat Telugu wedding. “My entire wedding – the elaborate guest list, politicians, film stars, glitz, glamour, glitterati, me and him posing for pictures all contributed to my list of memories. But my most favourite one is when Vivek told me how beautiful I looked on our wedding day,” says Sailaja and adds, “What I love the most about Vivek is that he is a very chilled out person. He never dictates anything to me and he has given me enough freedom to pursue a career of my choice. He is very affectionate and caring towards family and friends.”
Being calm is the key
Couples fight. Fights can be good as long as you know how to overcome fights.
“If I don’t like anything about him I let him know very calmly and make him understand the intensity of the issue. He also always tries to resolve the disagreements in a peaceful manner,” says Sailaja.
[The best thing about being married is that you will always have a soul mate, a best friend and a companion for life whom you can share anything under the sun with
— Sailaja Reddy
This couple knows the secret of being happy. They take out time for themselves to do what they love. They can’t imagine not being together.
From going to the movies to dinners to playing with their son, the Reddys have a blast. “We usually take off on a holiday every now and then. We also spend quality time with each other whenever possible by going to movies and dinners,” she says. How do you keep the passion alive even after nine years? “The best thing about being married is I haven’t changed much at all. I am the same person. He gives me the freedom to be as I like. He supports me and encourages me in my business. He is my main pillar of strength. I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful sister-in-law Neethika who is my best friend too. I have always dreamt of having a sister after my marriage she filled the place,” she says.
The couple, who will be completing a decade together next April, has an eight-year-old son. “I feel I am top of the world when I am with him. After coming back to home I forget all the stress at office by playing with him,” says Vivek, MD Geostst Informatics India Pvt Ltd..
Not always smooth
A successful marriage is hard work, the more you put into it, the better it is. “The hardest thing is most of the time my husband keeps travelling. I have to take care of all the responsibilities at home and take care of his family and my family too in his absence,” she says.