Monday, January 16, 2012

My Brother's Big Fat Indian Wedding :-)

2011 ended on a high note for me and my family. My baby brother got married. I cannot help calling him a baby as he is 8 years younger than me :-) The wedding was a dream. The bride is absolutely gorgeous. More importantly, she is a real sweetheart :-) My parents got their wish, especially my mom, who I think managed to host the best party ever :-) It's hard for me to capture those lovely moments in photographs or in words, but I am going to try!

My paternal Grandmother who was a poet, wrote these words for my mom when she was a bride. Lovely words that are very apt for the occasion :-)

A, this is for you.

"Look at my bride, she is resplendent.
 Gold and Jewels cover her,
 pearls and emeralds frame her face.
 All her limbs, her hands, her feet,
 shimmer and sparkle.

In the glimmer of gold,
in green leaves and flowers,
she comes.....
my bride."


We kicked off the wedding festivities at home. The flowers, the laughter, the yummy food, friends and family.....the memories will stay in my mind forever!



Packing the gifts for the bride and the others into the wee hours of the night!







A glimpse of the beautiful bride on her wedding day!


After the wedding my parents hosted the reception in Delhi. We decided on a cream and gold theme for the evening. There were shimmering candles, tea lights, fragrant flowers, music, 400 people......... it was a magical night!


The table setting!



I wish I could be back there.............





A few months before the wedding, I came up with a whim :-) I wanted to wear my maternal Grandmother's wedding outfit. She wore this 70 years ago on the day after her wedding. This outfit is made of brocade with intricate embroidery. She gave it to me when I was in my teens.  My aunt and my mom found this lady who managed to repair the outfit. It had just a little bit of wear and tear over the years and she did an amazing job of restoring it. I was extremely close to my Grandmother so it made me very happy to wear this for my brother's wedding. I shall pass it down to my daughter in a few years. Hopefully, the legacy and tradition will live on......




I know I have been rambling for a bit......but then weddings are always so special. I just had to share it with all my wonderful readers :-)

Here's wishing the newly weds love and happiness now and forever!

Linking up with Tuesday Treaures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.


22 comments:

Stacey Queen of Rants and Ramblings said...

Every pc of that wedding/ceremony is just breathe taking... it must have been amazing... good luck to your brother.

Yamini Kaur said...

Congrats Anu. Saw the pictures on Pooja's page too and the whole wedding was so tasteful.. so gorgeous and so Indian !! Now I know, the flair to design and decorate runs in your family !! Many congratulations to the whole family . Happy New Year.
PS: I finally got my vase delivered. It's gorgeous. Will send you a picture once I put it up in my new house.

Raja R said...

Beautiful. Gorgeous Decor.

Purvi said...

Amazing decor and thats a beautiful lehnga...really really loved it :)

Vasudha Narasimhan said...

Beautiful anu!!!! Pictures are always awesome and unique...and provides so much eye candy. Hearty Congratulations to your brother. Please wish him on my behalf too...

Geetha said...

Very nice Anu! Esp. ur grand mom's outfit...enjoyed reading about it!

Sarmistha said...

Wow beautiful!!

mrinal casewa said...

Yes it was quite amazing Anu di :) Such a beautiful wedding right from the Haldi day upto the Reception. But you should've added some pictures of the cocktail party in Kolkota on the deck of the boat. That was one heck of a partyyyyy......;) Just letting your readers know, it wasn't only just beauty and elegance, there was lots of energy and sweat on the dance floor as well :)

mrinal casewa said...

Yes it was quite amazing Anu di :) Such a beautiful wedding right from the Haldi day upto the Reception. But you should've added some pictures of the cocktail party in Kolkota on the deck of the boat. That was one heck of a partyyyyy......;) Just letting your readers know, it wasn't only just beauty and elegance, there was lots of energy and sweat on the dance floor as well :)

Sharon said...

beautiful Anu!:)

Anpu said...

Lovely wedding pics...have been following it on FB...the poem is beautiful...and yes so apt for the occasion, loved the ghagra...yes preserve it...and I am sure Sneha will love it...

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

GASP ... Stunningly gorgeous ... all of it! My best wishes go out to the happy couple!

GB said...

Your pictures have me longing for Delhi evenings in the winter---so many happy memories of events (weddings, parties, great food, glowing angeethis, those bowls of soup that you can only find in India, women in their prettiest silks (and pashminas!), those flowers....oh, I'm really missing India right now. )

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Anu.

PS: That lehnga is a stunner! And SUCH a beautiful history--may it continue to gather beautiful memories down the years. :)

Shanthi said...

Lovely wedding and all weddings back home are so wonderful and more so if it happens to be the baby brother's wedding. Thanks for sharing Anu.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

What a beautiful wedding. The bride's foot was so gorgeous (as well as the bottom of her gown). Would love to see more of her.

Shalini said...

We really missed being with all of you at the wedding, but it's been great to see all the photos of the shaadi and reception. The bride looked absolutely resplendent on the wedding day. And wearing Nani's lengha was such a special thing, it's as if she was there to share it all with you.

Kala said...

Anu
The Cream and gold theme for the evening was really wonderful just loved each and every decoration made famtasticcccc and the outfit of ur grandmom is pretty i am sure u would have looked preety that evening and enjoyed the pride :)

AB said...

Thank you didi! That was touching:)

Btw, the poem is absolutely beautiful. Trust dadi to come up with such a beautiful piece!

Dora said...

wao really awesome...I just got married so must tell u I am mesmerized..

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The Cute Corner House said...

Awesome...the gende ka phool, the reception decor etc make it look so magical and fairy tale like..I am sure the weather in Delhi would have only added to the feel no?

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