Its a match made in heaven…an Indian princess and a Colombian lad meet in the fashion streets of Milan…and die for each other! Their wedding ceremony had to be one straight out of a fairy tale…and every bit it was.
The elegantly bordered pastel coloured invitation placards with accompanying Haldiram boxes spoke of the the tasteful extravaganza that awaited at the functions.
The festivities began with a welcome dinner cum Christmas party for the Groom’s assemblage. The chilly barren farmhouse was transformed as if by magic into a cosy classy discotheque, a glowing haven amidst the severe Northern cold wave.
This was followed the next day by the Mehendi and Tilak ceremony. Mehendi is one of the sixteen adornments or Shringars of the bride. Its auspicious fragrance and cooling effect are supposed to bring good luck and health to the newly weds. Tilak is the official acceptance of the groom being a perfect match for the bride. No wonder this ceremony was turned into a village fair by the wedding planner with bangles, bindi and floral jewellery stalls.
By evening the Sangeet showcased well choreographed dances from both sides of the family. However, the stage was set on fire when for the finale the romantic couple waltzed to a melodious intimate tune.
The next day began with a five star breakfast buffet. Then everyone was ushered for the Haldi ceremony . In this an antiseptic turmeric paste is applied to the bride and groom by all present to purify them for the upcoming union. After much music and jovial shananigans we proceeded to our rooms to get ready for the afternoon marriage ceremony.
Amidst the chant of Shlokas, in a pink-white floral Mandap the couple took their seven Pheras signifying the seven vows of togetherness. The whole ambience resonated with the sanctity of marriage. While the guests were happy to show-off their Ray-bans.
Finally, the Royal Reception. It was grand with ice sculptures for decoration and the Shillong Chamber Choir for performance. With over a thousand invitees, it had everything from the huge three tier cake to an infinity smorgasbord that had dishes from all corners of the world!
Phew! Just attending this gala wedding left me exhausted, God save the organisers.
In our day to day mundane lives, once in a while we get caught in such fantasy, and I am glad to have lived my chance. But in my government hospital where everyday I see pain and want, where money can make the difference between treatment and life or suffering and death, such splurging does make me smirk!