It’s a big day today!! An achievement I would say?:D Lol J We are stepping into 4th year of our marriage life today.
Every time I think about this, it brings back memories of our D- day. Ours was a typical arranged marriage but no one would believe when we say it 😉 we had a huge gap of 8 months between our engagement and weddingJ. Hence, it was a really huge countdown to bring it to June 7th, 2015J.
We had parents who are super organized so my shopping began well in advance by January in Kanchipuram with my parents and in laws. We had a super day eating out, shopping till end of the date. The Nine yards saree is a very special saree in our Tambrahm community and I wanted to wear purple with green combination but our elders were super nice to me and convinced me that the traditional maroon looked great on me! Trust me, the feeling of touching that saree gave me the feeling of a married womanJ.
And in a couple of months , we completed shopping for our family members and we were with list of people for invitation (it was never ending) and for my husband’s side it was like hanuman’s tail (The longest). But it was indeed a special feeling having so many people around you on your Big D-Day. And I was happy we were blessed with so many of themJ.
I had bridal sessions starting from middle of April and my mil came all along with my mom to see my trail makeup for the big day. It was super-duper funJ .
Wondering what my husband is doing? He was coming every weekend to Chennai from Bangalore and never did a thing for wedding until end of April. Because he is the coolest man on earth and would raise all our hypertension but get the work done in style. He chose his reception dress like that and I must admit it was the best.
Me and my husband went for shopping my reception saree with his close friend (who is a beautiful, stylish woman) and bought a lehenga saree in a popular store on cathedral roadJ. Do you know what big problem I had? I didn’t want pink but ended up getting one:D
Soon all invitations were distributed and our rituals began in full swing J with lot of relatives coming in. Must say I realized the value of people that day, Its not the money or material that keeps anyone fulfilled on occasions, its a bunch of people.
Afternoon of 5 th June, my mehendi aunty arrived we had great fun with lot of cousins and relatives around. And there were friends landing on the same night to be a part of my D- day. That night I was thoroughly thrilled and excited.
We took three cars to the marriage hall and headed to the big venue. In life its great to see your parents name and our names as banners. Butterflies were fluttering inside my stomach. Quickly dressed up for the first ritual and where in at a point my dad says a mantra where he agrees to change my gothram and touches me. That moment it was like someone was taking away me from daddy. Emotionally high we were at this point.
Soonish the parlor lady arrives to make me get ready for engagement, by this time the marriage hall was filled with numerous people and of course I had peeped to see what my man was doing on the other side and got caught with my cousins. Got dressed up in an awesome blue saree with full on makeup for the very first time in life. And sat next to him yes yes eyes met and we spoke too. We changed our costumes after a brief ritual and wore a purple brown saree and he remained in the same shirt. Bad know! We had photo shoots outside the hall and it was really fun and its was tough for my husband for posing with me since I was totally bad at it. We had shoots with our friends too and laughed aloud.
We have yummy lunches post that with our cousins and parents and soon it was time for reception. It was going to a huge crowd that we were expecting. And our parents were so strict that we get on to the stage on time and wouldn’t let anyone wait for us. Yes first time ever, we were on time and hold hands together to the brilliantly decorated stage. From stage all I could see were people and people who have been with us for all good and bad along with friends and colleagues of both parents. Almost 5 hours on stage we stood with our legs aching and stomach growling. There was a cake bought by our brother in law and his friends gang. We had fun with the younger group and it was mind blowing with all the celebration around. Finally, we thulped our dinner and lied off. I slept with my parents and felt something was hitting me hard. Tomorrow my surname and all other routines would change and all the usual feelings of the bride hit me. None of us(mom, dad and me) never slept. The D- day arrived, June 7 th 2015 with all musical instruments, flowers, stage, brand new saree and of course people. We woke up by 2.30 and was getting ready from 3 AM, yes brides are really pity to really wake up(next time you see some bride please don’t complain, do leave a nice comment if you can).
My husband was in our traditional dhoti style and we had a garland exchange ritual where the bride and groom are carried by people and its super fun since we go back and forth to put around each other’s neck. Finally, we sat in our swing(oonjal) and next game was with different ladoos that elderly people take around us and throw around so that all evil eyes don’t fall on the bride and the groom(as per our tradition). We were also served with banana and milk.
Thereafter we entered the stage and I sat on my daddy’s lap and my husband was standing opposite to me, performing the change of gothram with a stick of rod and mantras, tears started to flood but my husband controls it by showing his eyes. Quickly I was given the proud saree, the nine yards by the priests. The nine yards were wore in seconds by one of my aunts and all the accessories were changed by my dear cousins in seconds. And yes the time arrived. Again, I went to the stage and sat on daddy’s lap and my husband was asked to tie the knot. He went showing to all of them in the hall from stage and was asked to come quickly. I told you right he is the coolest guy. And yes he finally tied the knot and we officially became husband and wife and I was officially know as Mrs. Srinivas…..
Behind me, I could see my mom crying so badly hugging her sister and I could see the real happiness from my dad after so many years. And everyone around us were so happy. When I entered my bride’s room all my cousins were already there and gave me a roar with congratulations. Also, I am really close to my own mama and he hugged me and cried like we did it after all he was the pillar of my parents during the whole process of wedding. We had a photo-shoot outside the hall with all cousins and friends and had poses like tug of war, jumping high up in the air and pose on cycle. It was indeed super fun and a great day to remember.
Finally had lunch with my husband(officially, yessss) and my parents. I could sense the fulfillment in their eyes and we were so happy.
Thus, we began our wonderful journey of marriage and now we are here stepping into 4 th year of wedding life with our beloved daughter.