Shādi in the Family

Last week we enjoyed a shaadi in the family. It was a magnificent production over four days, amidst the beautiful rolling hills of upstate South Carolina. And yes, it was a respite from the Fall here, to greenery, well manicured, lush lawns and Southern hospitality.

And what a great occasion for a family reunion! For four days we reveled in family panchadika (chit-chat), gorged on a wide variety of indian dishes (no dish was repeated over four days!) and the reception had a teeth chattering, gut expanding array of 28 desserts!

Of course, on returning to gray skies and cafeteria goop we are clinically depressed. I want my masala dosa and south indian kaapi for breakfast!

So, here are a few pics.

During one of the pre-wedding services, the women in the house are getting ready to bless the bride. The priests says: ashta putra sowbhagyavati bhava and translates it: May you be a blessed mother of eight children. My cousin sister lets out a hearty laugh!


During the actual blessing!

During the Raas garba on the night before the wedding, the couple are treated to dance performances. Then everyone joins in and the dancing went on till the early hours of the morning.

During the wedding services, the couple search for a ring in a pot of colored water! Apparently whoever finds the ring, dominates the relationship. The well priest had put two rings in the pot and each found one! And they lived happily ever after. 🙂

At the end of the service, after satisfying everyone with photographs, the bride steps out of the mantap.

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  1. Nice pictures! Our weddings are always fun!:) Though our wedding is for two days we do have family functions before and after the wedding! All close relatives have to be there for a week!
    In our custom the couple are blessed to have 16 kids!:D
    HAPPY DIWALI TO M and U !!

  2. Sia:
    Congratulations on your Anniversary. This is a special week then for you. You husband is lucky to have someone as energetic and dedicated as you. Wishing you both decades of happiness!

    and enjoy the onion uttappams 🙂
    Can’t wait to see your spread for the anniversary!

  3. the pleasure is mine 🙂 glad u accepted it.
    onion uttappa???? ok, i got to make this for weekend now that u have tempted me enough 😉
    and yeah, we have got our 2nd wedding anniversary coming up in next week 😀 cant belive its already 2 yrs and the amazing thing is we both are stuck with one another for this long :)) he he he…

  4. Hi Rachna:
    i love weddings – so much food and else. for the desserts, i have no idea of many of the names, ofcourse, different types of cakes, kulfi, icecreams, kaju katli, gulab jamun, gajar ka halwa, and the list goes on and on … believe it or not – I did not try many of the desserts.
    really :-))

  5. awwww this looks like it was such a great event!! the bride looks so happy …touch wood….28 desserts…err do u remember what items…i wud love to know…. but thats weddings are for….. total masti….. thanks so much for sharing the pics arun….

  6. Sia
    Thank you so very much for the ‘Thinking Award.’ it was very thoughtful of you and I am honored that you find my postings worthy of mention. I am humbled.

    haaii; I have been depressed since coming back – and don’t even mention the masala dosa! I think M senses I am ‘down’ and has plans for onion/tomato uttapa for tomorrow! think, I will just fast tonight!
    😉

    Oy, do you have an anniversary bash coming up? we want to be invited! :-))

  7. oh wow!!! so u guys had gr8 time? (i know what a dumb thing to ask after looking at those gr9 shots)
    well, masala dosa is what we had last night for dinner 😉 he he he… i know i am evil 😀
    oh before i forget, there is something stored for u in my blog 🙂 check the latest post (scroll down till the end)

  8. Asha:
    we are in Boston, but the wedding was in SC at my uncle’s place 🙂
    And thank you for sharing the beautiful anniversary write-up. Enjoyed your wedding pics too! you certainly look very regal, then as well as now. 🙂
    Congratulations and
    thanks!

  9. Haha! Not sure when that’s gonna happen, but I’ll certainly let you know. Probably sometime in the not too terribly distant future, I hope. :p

  10. Arun, you guys are in SC? Great!!:))

    Wonderful photos!! I got married almost 21yrs ago, nothing has changed much it seems. I got blessed for 100 sons instead 8!!;D
    Read here what I said about that and what I said and what they told me when I was smiling little too much!;D

    http://foodieshope.blogspot.com/2006/12/our-20th.html

    Bride and Bridegroom look happy and fabulous wedding finery. Haven’t been to a wedding in a long time, great to see these photos. Enjoy!:))

  11. Oh Yes, Joy!
    What a festive environment! made all the more joyous by wonderful family and great food!
    Now, I too am looking for more shaadis to attend :-))

    oh you readers – please do invite me 😛

  12. Thank you Anupma – those were likely the happiest days of her life!
    and yes, it was a colorful fest!
    heh! just noticed your wedding pics on flickr. Yaay! Sorry, with the travelling, did not get a chance to browse earlier! :-))

  13. Sirisha: it was a fabulous gathering and impeccable organization! One for the books! Had a great time – no wonder we are all depressed now! 😦
    and they certainly make an awesome couple!
    and I need to go on a diet! :-))

  14. wow…what an elaborate wedding…that too in US…….Great…….All those festivities,gana bhajana……look awesome….the bride and the bridegroom look made for each other…No wonder u had an excellent time Arun…..28 desserts …OMG !!!!!

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