You may choose to call it a ‘before-after’, or a ‘work that was in progress’ for almost 6 months prior to the big day… I teased my bride-to-be, that every evening after a day’s work at office, these little preparations were giving meaning to my life 😉
Here are a few pics to share those moments… we choose to call them “Milestones”…
Milestone #1: The Card
First came the design… should it be a typical silvery white card, with cherubic angels floating around… or could we go the Indian way? We chose the second option. And once the cards were done it was time to visit my calligraphy skills again.
Milestone #2: Church deco
We gave Paperworks a reason to smile with the amount of business they got during our wedding. From paper for the card, to the church flowers to the mass booklets. The flowers you see were made in 3 stages—petals were cut, then stuck onto wires and then put together on a stem—finally topped up with ribbons and nets.
Never thought I would learn so much about flower making!
Milestone #3: The Bouquet
Fresh flowers or artificial was the big question. It ended being flowers from Mumbai, garnished with beads, ribbons and glitter from goa.
Milestone #4: The Cake
There is a whole lot of cake designing happening out there. I did my bit to see that our wedding cake was a design we wanted. And then the cake went from the computer to the baker!
Milestone #5: Favors
Stockings for flowers, pollen and green ribbon… would never have known that shops for all these existed right under my nose all this while! How many favors should be made and should they be in different colors? Questions that had to be answered!
Milestone #6: Reception table deco
This was an idea that came out of the blue to the two of us… and once the idea landed, it had to be seen to completion! Even if the idea meant getting white sand from Betalbatim, shells from Quegdevelim and mud pots from the famous Mapusa market … and finally painted in gold!
Milestone #7: Hymn Booklets
Once again, an evening spent selecting the right paper, then the prayers composed in collaboration with the celebrant and then the fun at printing all through the night.
Milestone #8: Photoshoot planning
3 meetings with the photographer detailing each aspect of the wedding and making sure the essence of the wedding is not lost in a flurry of flashes and poses
Milestone #9: Flower baskets
Once again, a Mumbai-Goa collaboration. This time my sister pitched in to decorate the baskets.
Milestone #10: House deco
I would never have looked so great if we had got the expert help of a dear friend… with the unending ideas of making 3D hearts for every door.
Milestone #11: The Rings
Family goldsmith to the rescue… and the ring holder all the way from Jakarta.
Milestone #12: Give aways
These had an interesting story to tell for themselves. The designing was not an issue, however the plastic was cut in Delhi and printed in Dehradun and then prototypes were sent back and forth. The saga didnt end here… wrapping each give away 3 days before the wedding was a celebration in itself with all the guests helping out.
Milestone #13: Shopping
This is one area where I still need to grow in the virtue of patience… I was gently tutored by bride-to-be into the conviction that a groom needs to look different on that day. So, my old wardrobe had to make room for the new. Beginning with the gown to the suit, from the material for the flower-girls and bridesmaid to the gifts … there was a lot to learn!
Milestone #14: Church Arrangements
Delegation can be difficult! It entails trust! And the morning of the wedding is all about delegation. And so, armed with a detailed description to the last detail, our friends set out to the church to see that everything was in place.
Milestone #15: Travel & Accomodation
This little card meant a lot to transport the right people from airport and station, in the right vehicle to the right hotel, and then to the church on time! A logistical nightmare even for the best of managers!
Milestone #16: Signing in the same book
Everything falls into place on that one day, which brings back a smile everytime we think of these milestones that went to make it so… precious.
Milestones have been crossed, and another journey begins.