The Wedding.

August 29, 2015

  • August 15th was the day of the wedding. I was happy that the day had arrived, because I knew that I needed to head back home. My original plan was to stay in India for two full weeks. But I couldn’t do that and so I returned home a week earlier! :(   however, I was able to see the wedding and the gala affairs of this once in a life time event.

    The main ceremony of the wedding was held in the mosque. This was part of the complex which is a Trust that our family had started, houses an orphanage where I had gone a couple of times and worked with the little kids, doing physical exams on them. It also has schools, both elementary and high school, and a vocational school that my nephew had started a few years back, named after my sister. Therefore it was a grand gesture to have the ceremony in the mosque of this hallowed ground.

    The bride wore the palest of green, with a veil that was gossamer thin and was bordered with pure silver work  . In her neck she wore a pearls with diamonds large emeralds bordering the choker.

    This is a picture of the mother, Sadiya with the bride.

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    Saniya’s friend keeping her company before the ceremony started.

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    That night there was a banquet, (another one! They were teasing my stomach!), and Saniya was dressed in  deeper green clothes. The parents and the sisters brought her to the stage for a final family togetherness.

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    The backdrop is an intricately woven wall of red roses. Millions of them. There were about fifteen professional photographers who were clicking away constantly. My nephew has promised to send me the link. Not sure if I will be able to go through all of them in this life time! :) There were so many dignitaries at the banquet. Princes from the subcontinent, Saudi royalty and Japanese and other ambassadors were all there. I was so proud of my nephew.

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    I am sorry that the above two pictures are blurred a bit. I think my hands were tired.

    The following day, the groom’s family had a reception in a palace. I am so glad I didn’t take pictures of their food court. I would have been crying now. The dishes looked amazing, and there were so many different ethnic foods from the Indian Subcontinent and from Europe. It was incredibly exotic, the whole atmosphere. Yes there were cakes too! Not the kind we have here with a bride and groom on the top of the cake., but more sedate and very tasty.

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    And finally you get to see the groom.

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    I was talking to her on the stage and she whispered to me,” Alabeti these diamond neckwear and the earrings are so heavy.  I just want to take them off”. Poor little princess!

    Like I said elsewhere, the flowers were fresh and their fragrance was heady and wonderful.

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    And now I will post a couple of pictures of another nephew and his wife, and my cousin’s wife and her daughter Rida. My nephew reminds me a little of my father;  my father was much taller though.

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    This cutie pie danced to a very popular song at one of the events. I video taped it. I shall post it another day. Isn’t she cute?  Following this event of the reception, the next night, my cousin and his wife pictured here, had invited the entire wedding party to their new home for a dinner. OMG! What food I missed!

    Hope you have enjoyed this trip and the photos that I have posted.  !5th August is also the Indian Independence Day. I took some pictures of that with my cell phone and will post them here on another day.
    Ciao.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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14 Responses to The Wedding.

  1. slmret says:

    My goodness, Zakiah — first, I’m sorry you were too sick to enjoy the foods that you’ve talked about — I hope there will be another occasion for that in your future! This was a super lavish event — and the poor bride looks exhausted in the shot with her new husband! The groom looks like a very nice man, and I wish them a very happy marriage!

    • Zakiah says:

      I know, right? I was really looking forward to eating some awesome ethnic Muslim food. Bummer! Well, I am not sure if I will go back again Janet. I think not, perhaps.
      Saniya WAS exhausted. She said that all that sitting and posing and the eternal smiles that she had to pose with, was giving her a crick in her neck and her back was hurting. I hope they are enjoying their three week honeymoon in the Greek Islands, the Italian and the French Riviera.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Thanks for sharing. Are you feeling better

  3. What a bummer 😦 that you didn’t feel well and couldn’t enjoy all the delicious foods. 😦 Hope you are feeling better now!
    The bride is even more beautiful than the wall of roses! 🙂
    What wonderful memories were made for everyone at the wedding! I love that! 🙂
    Oh…and that little cutie-pie IS a cutie-pie! I bet she had so much fun at the wedding! I remember going to weddings as a little girl! 🙂
    HUGS and ❤ !!! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      All that matters, is that I am feeling better now. It’s no fun getting sick in a different country, even though it was my country at one time, and perhaps I will always consider as my country in one way or another. Thank you for your sweet and kind words Carolyn. ❤

  4. Hope you are feeling better now.

    The bride was beautiful. I love the greens she was dressed in.

  5. What beautiful decorations and people. Love that the dress is not ‘our’ traditional white.

  6. Zakiah says:

    I know, right? Usually in India and Pakistan, the Muslims will wear green or red or gold for the ceremony. These are the happy colors. They say that white signifies purity, but knowing all the brides who get married these days, and wear white, I kind of wonder if they are really pure!! 😉

  7. marica0701 says:

    I would faint of being so overwhelmed with all that extravagance! What an experience.

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