This is what brought us to New Zealand in the first place, three days of ceremonies and celebrations, Gujarat style, culminating in the marriage of Alan’s son, Steve, to Poonam, the daughter of Amrat and Manjula.
We have been asked not to share photographs of the ceremonies on social media for understandable reasons. So here we’ll just outline the proceedings and share some photographs, mostly of ourselves, for your delight.
The three days were a mixture of solemn religious ceremonies and traditional, more light hearted events including traditional dancing.
The venue changed as the numbers increased each day, from around 65 on Saturday morning at the home of the bride’s parents to 150 on Sunday at a local community hall, culminating in 250 for the final wedding ceremony on Monday. This took place beside the lake in the beautiful Hamilton Gardens with the final reception in the adjacent pavilion.
A meal was served at every event, on the first evening from a Thai food truck outside the house.
Dress was a mixture of western and Indian style, by Sunday almost everyone was in colourful Indian clothes. Many of the ladies (including Jan) had their hands decorated by Mehendi (henna) artists.
The whole glorious experience was exciting, moving, uplifting and, not least, colourful. We’d like to thank Amrat and Manjula, Steve and Poonam, their family, friends and, in fact, everyone involved, for being so welcoming and friendly. You have all been wonderful!
We needed some time to rest and reflect after all that. But instead with our family, we visited a Maori village, then Steve and Alan set of to walk the Tongariro Alpine crossing.
We’ll tell you how that all went next time!