Ratna was born in India and Martin in Australia. On their wedding day they wove a few of Indian traditions into their wedding day. Ratna’s family (except for his sister) travelled from India to join them for their ceremony and celebration at Mitchelton Winery.
Some words from the bride
“The only feeling I had the whole day was how perfect it all was. If one could define complete happiness, I think I would say what I felt that day was it!
Here was a wedding that was a culmination of two cultures and Mitchelton seemed to provide the right environment for it. Martin and I planned the whole wedding trying to bring in both the cultures together and also add our personal touch to it and I think it worked out beautifully. From the Indian Rangoli to the Australian Band everything complemented to make a perfect picture! Even the menu for Dinner!
I was happy to have my loved ones here. The day was made extra special by people around me….I missed my sister through the day and I knew she was thinking of me from her home in Canada. It was emotional to have her video message at the reception. I love her dearly and missed her!
On the day itself I felt extreme calm. I have never felt so composed in my life and the air was surrounded by the whispers and laughter of my parents, my bridesmaids and the most wonderful and creative Claire. The atmosphere could not have been more pure, happy and divine.
I did become emotional when Liz was taking pictures of me with my parents. I guess it started sinking in that I would not be seeing them as often as I used to back in India.
Walking down the aisle I saw nothing and no one but Martin (Dan had to remind me that there were other people around!). What we felt for each other is what led me to this country and nothing mattered more than us being together. When Martin whispered to me after my father gave my hand to him, all my worries about my make up being patchy went off my mind. I felt beautiful, happy and sure!
The Mangalsutra (a chain of black beads and two round gold pendants worn by married Women in India) means a lot to me and having it tied was the most defining moment. Cultures may be different but the vows are the same across the globe. As I was saying my vows, I just sent a silent prayer to God thanking him for everything!
I smiled and laughed through the evening and was happy to see my family enjoying the Australian Party later! I thank both the families and our friends for the support and love they showered on us.”
You can see a blog posting of the Rangoli making by following to this link http://www.lizarcus.com/wedding/rangoli-for-ratnas-and-martins-wedding