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Friday, December 7

The Wedding Story

Late last year
Two individuals
decide to get married
And the rest,
As they say,
Is history!

The Build up:

32 weekends devoted to shopping
Guest lists tuned and fine tuned nth number of times
Wedding venues seen, rejected and finally one selected
Wedding dress all ready in August for a December wedding
Strict instructions to the bride-to-be to maintain exact weight and measurements
8 trips up and down Delhi, Mumbai and London
'Project' plans created in excel sheets and shared across families
Cards specially designed by the couple in London
Got printed in Mumbai and
Then shipped to Delhi
Before they were finally couriered to the fine tuned guests
A week before the wedding :)
Family averaged one minor emotional or logistical storm every two weeks
Every one week as the day drew closer...

we waited in anticipation
for the..

The Wedding

Thousands of them
White and Yellow
Satin and organza cloth streamers
The wedding venue looked like a dream
And the dream also had
Unexpected high velocity winds
(that helped nicely done hairdo's and sarees to go to places they aren't supposed to)
And some rain
But they say,
Rain on a wedding day is lucky
So we rejoiced
for the happy couple :)

And then
After some hours of ceremonies in the wee hours of the morning
the aforementioned Two individuals
were pronounced
Man and Wife

Congratulations to my dearest lil sis and friend-turned-bro-in-law!!

As we wait for the professional photographer's pictures to come in,
Sharing with you some beautiful photos taken by my uncle...

Decoration. You can 'see' the wind..specially in the second snap on right

Waiting eagerly for the 'Baraat' (Groom's party) to arrive

Glimpses of the bride...

From the 'pheras' (ceremonies)

And, a snapshot of absolutely beautiful colors, textures and fabrics that lit up the wedding

And, now that the wedding is all nicely done

I shall be back with a vengeance to blogging :-)

[P.S: I am open to be hired as a wedding planner....but this time, I better be paid! ;-)]


katiedid said...

What a beatuiful event! You should definitely be paid! Hmmm....a few years away for my daughters, but I will keep that in mind! :)

Anonymous said...

What a coincidence, I got married in the same exact outfit. Bought it in Delhi. Congrats!

Arch at Rang said...

Gorgeous pics:-) Is that you in the pink sari waiting for the Baraat?

Welcome back:-))


Elisa Day said...

Very beatuiful pictures! Your blog is one of my favorites :)


Hello from Canada! The colour burst is intoxicating. How beautiful and festive. Thank you for visiting Liberty Post. I have just spent some time reading your blog. Love it! I've linked you! I look forward to lots of your new posts!

Belinda said...

ooooh bhavna, these are just gorgeous!!! everything!! my perfect indian fix for the weekend. i wonder what that beautiful colored container is the bride is holding, a pot? what is it for? love the design and colors of course.

Bhavna said...

Thank you Katie for appreciating my pro status in wedding prep! ;-)

Ah, that's nice Anon! From where in Delhi?

Bhavna said...

Thanks Arch :-)...glad to be back! Yup, that's me!

Thanks Elisa! :-)

Bhavna said...

So glad to have you visit me Liberty Post! Thank you :-)

Hi Belinda! The container is for 'sindoor' (the red powder a married woman puts in her hair parting to signify her marital status)...Sindoor is handed to the bride by the groom during the ceremony, and signifies that henceforth, she will be a married woman :-)

susanna said...

I'm so glad that you stopped by my blog today 'cause now I can visit YOUR BLOG. And what a crazy, wonderful post and the photos - wow! I just love all those bright colours. To be surrounded by so much beauty... Congratulations to you and to your lil sis and your new brother-in-law (isn't it great when our close ones marry terrific people who also become our friends?). I think you did a great job as a wedding planner for your sister. :)

vineeta said...

HELLO!!! great to have you back! Weddings can be so so so crazy! and wonderful. I remember last year this time 2 of my cousins (im VERY close to them) got married & I was so sleep deprived and tired that I slept standing on my feet during my shoot on the day I reported to work! My boss was standing beside me :)
You look gorgeous in the pink saree!! I enjoyed all the pics and your writing immensely- great post! :)

Bhavna said...

Thanks Susanna! :-)...yes, it does feel good to bring in friends as part of your family!
Thanks for dropping by...do visit again :)

Ha ha...Vini, i can now completely understand what it means to be sleep deprived and sooo tired that you almost wish your legs away! Weddings are crazy!
Thank you! Glad you liked my writing :-)

treasuring said...

what gorgeous photos! your posts always make me want to visit india immediately. i'm glad the wedding was a success and that you'll be posting more! i love your blog. :)

Kim Carney said...

I would have loved to have seen that in person!

Tin said...

Beautiful wedding!
Wonderful pics!

See ya.

Amber said...

What breathtaking photos...the colors and textures are so rich. You did a wonderful job and the bride is beautiful!

Bhavna said...

Oh Jess, but you should! Now is the best weather to visit India :-)

That would have been awesome Kim! :-) We did have some family and guests from the US, UK and Japan

Bhavna said...

Thanks for dropping by Tin :-)...do visit me again!

Thanks Amber! :-)

hildA said...

so rich, so vibrant, so colourful, so full of life. I just wish the gorgeous scents of flowers and spices would come through a blog post also.
thank you

Bhavna said...

Thanks Hilda...and maybe, sometime in the near future, blogger just might come up with a widget that allows you to smell the fragrance associated with each post! :-)...

Do drop by again! :-)

Bronwyn said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! So rich, and luxurious, the fabrics and textures and colours. Absolutely beautiful - and congratulations to all the family.

J Lee said...

wow - what a beautiful wedding!!!
welcome back and so when are you starting your new job as an event designer? great work!!!


midcenturyjo said...

Welcome back Bhavna! Beautiful wedding. You must be exhausted but so pleased with it all.

Bhavna said...

Thanks Bronwyn! :-)

Hello Jenn and Jo :-)...I am all ready for another wedding...as long as I am the guest! ;-)...the credit for the wedding deco goes to my sister- she managed to pester the vendors to get exactly what she wanted!

Cote de Texas said...

Bhavna - your sister's wedding looks wonderful! I'm sure it looks "normal" to you, but to me, it looks so exotic and overwhelmingly beautiful!


Bhavna said...

Thanks Joni! :-)

SloganMurugan said...

Fantastic :)

Stuart Simkins said...

This is fabulous to see such a colourful wedding, I now live in Brazil but they do not manage so much colour and my fiancee, who is Brazilian, is enraptured by Indian culture and I have made the promise that our wedding will be very indian in style, if you have any helpful hints for me to organise this for her I will be very much in your debt. Hope everyone visiting your site has the same pleasure.Stuart

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