It’s the small pieces that make the big picture.

So you’re like J-Lo in The Wedding Planner?” I get this too often when introducing myself as a wedding planner and stylist… Similar, but without the director, script writer, editor or camera crew – so no, not at all. I have seen the movie, back in 2001 but nothing from it stuck, so it must have been pretty far from the truth (I know a thing or two about wedding planning).

My journey as a wedding planner didn’t quite start off with an on screen audition but rather an uncertain career path within hotels which has led me to this beautifully exciting yet absolutely challenging episode.

The second most popular question put to me is, “Why wedding planning?” and off I go on a verbal rampage about passion and experiences that I’ve had, be it modelling, dance lessons, art and crafts, working night shifts over weekends, Gujarati school or the draining hours in law or accounting.

It hasn’t always been a fun-filled ride. Although looking at every phase, the small pieces, the missing pieces and my journey with Paheli so far, I think I finally have some understanding of what Steve Jobs meant when he said,

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

This is precisely why I believe I am a wedding planner. Reflecting on every chapter, my dots have connected, and unknowingly, I have steered myself to this point – which we must remind ourselves, is just the start.

The endnote must acknowledge, with immense gratitude, my crew and fan base – although not as big as JLo’s – each of whom have contributed enormously to the construction of this puzzle. Paheli is made up of pieces of their lives helping me with the composition of what must surely be a script far better than that of the original Wedding Planner.