A walk in the fields to the music of chirping birds, a visit to the oldest town in Karnataka, riding a rainbow on a ferry, and attending a beautiful wedding of two amazing people in the lush green landscapes of Sagar! That was the perfect way to spend a weekend.
A pepper farm and the different stages of pepper!
The oldest town in Karnataka – Banavasi, hosts the Madhukeshwara Temple dedicated to Shiva
A day prior to the wedding, the Haldi ceremony was conducted where family members apply a paste of turmeric and water to the bride and groom. An age old tradition, it is said to add a natural glow and also bring a state of calmness. Pre-wedding excitement was seen in everybody’s eyes!
It was especially such a treat to see these elderly women dressed in traditional Indian attire – simple and beautiful Irkal sarees paired with ‘khan’ blouses. When I asked if I could click their pictures, they showed such excitement and took their saree palloo over their heads and posed for the camera. Their antique nose rings and tattooed hands gave a glimpse of years I had not seen.
For the wedding, I was dressed in a mustard saree gifted to me by the bride herself! I paired the monochrome saree with a vibrant blouse I got from Kolkata. The blouse had a rose applique on it which inspired me to add some roses to my hairdo. I braided my hair along the crown on either side and joined it behind to create a hair wreath. I tucked in two roses that I got from a street vendor on the way to the mantap! My friends were all dressed in beautiful silk sarees and jasmine flower strings. We did however spot a lot of mustard and yellow at the wedding, owing to the Spring-Summer influence maybe?
One thing to look out for in a South Indian bride’s attire is her hair braid. I loved the way hers was adorned and the way it contrasted against the turquoise of her saree. The bride and the groom wore beautiful headbands that framed their face perfectly for this special occasion.
All the ceremonies followed each other like a beautiful string of pearls. The musicians weaved music as the muhurtham was followed by the Arundhati Nakshatra darshana. The binary star system of Arundhati and Vashista symbolize love and togetherness between a wife and husband.
I have never seen the groom pick up a camera during his wedding and click pictures of the bride! This was indeed so adorable. Ah, how I love these two!
The wedding ended with good memories of dressing up, food and seeing a best friend getting hitched! Those were indeed two happy days for me! To see a person you love so much embarking on a journey of marriage was pure happiness. I can only wish for eternal love for the two of them 🙂
And now again, it’s time to start preparing for the next two weddings 😉