Love, life and a wedding extravaganza

Until this week, I had never been to a wedding. And let me say how blessed I am that my first was an Indian one – bursting with colour, life and culture. Not one, but three days of festivities.

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What I’ve always known, and really came through here, is the enormity of the weight of cultural expectations they’re under.

Regular readers probably know I’m not much one for tradition, but watching our bridesmaids feed her as she had her hands hennaed was a pretty emotional thing to watch.

Following the mehndi night was the actual ceremony (a daytime one, which I missed as it was a work day), and a fairly conservative dinner with the best biryani rice and smoked chicken curry to pass my lips in so, so very long.

We all stood to welcome the couple.

She presided over the women’s room (Muslim custom dictated gender separation) with her groom, chaperoned by her sisters, regal in gem-studded veil and sari.

There were songs and prayers.

And to round it off, a couple of light-hearted games that had us all shrieking and placing our bets. (Pardon the iPhone photos.)

Then the reception.

I even got decked out in a sari.

Prettiest thing I’ve donned in ages – an astoundingly beautiful pink and green encrusted with all manner of shiny things. Up close they looked a little tacky but from a distance the full effect is stunning. I managed to get away without her adorning me with too much bling…but didn’t get away entirely unscathed, as you can see.

But we had nothing on the bridal party in white, or the bride herself looking all queenly and composed.

Then there was dancing. There’ll be video of that, and hopefully I’ll never have to see it. But gosh darn if I didn’t have the most stupid fun prancing around in my skirts.

Friendships change with age and life stages. I feel like this, the first marriage, marks a turning point in the evolving of our collective bond, but only time will tell.

10 thoughts on “Love, life and a wedding extravaganza

  • Reply addvodka December 13, 2011 at 09:43

    Beautiful! I’ve always wanted to go to an Indian wedding. I love how vibrant the colours are!

  • Reply rompau30 December 13, 2011 at 09:52

    amazing photos and colors! looks like fun =]

  • Reply Amber from Girl with the Red Hair December 13, 2011 at 11:51

    You looked lovely! That blue colour is very nice on you!! What a fun weekend!

  • Reply Little Miss Moneybags December 13, 2011 at 12:46

    I love Indian weddings! I used to perform at them with my dance company, and they are always the most fun, with the most beautiful outfits, and the tastiest food. You look great, and what a lovely time you must have had!

  • Reply krantcents December 13, 2011 at 13:38

    Very nice pictures and you look great! There are many stages one goes through marriage, kids and the period (including grandchildren) following kids. At each stage, you lose or gain people.

  • Reply Insomniac Lab Rat December 14, 2011 at 18:39

    Gorgeous! Every single bit of it!

  • Reply Two Degrees December 16, 2011 at 20:24

    You look so pretty!!

  • Reply Harri @ TotallyMoney December 17, 2011 at 00:12

    WOW! I’m going to an Indian wedding in January and you’ve got me oh so excited about it now!

    You look absolutely lovely.

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