So, let’s talk about our wedding invitation card, shall we? My brains were over working to juice out the creativity on an invite for quite some time and came up with a couple of ideas. The wordings on the back of the invite were penned by me and our wedding planner helped me tweak it a bit.
I knew that I MUST capture our essence in the invite and it must in a way portray, who or what we are. I worked, re-worked & re-worked again & again on many themes. This was one of them, where Sam as a farmer & being from Colombia, sketched a couple of Colombian elements in his outfit. And for myself, I could not somehow sketch an Indian banker bride, so a regular Indian bride did it for me. I sketched an imaginary tractor & thought of adding other elements but somehow that didn’t work for me.
So, moved on to the next idea (sketched in the first pic above). Sam, being an ex fire chief and a budding farmer, had to be wearing a mix of both, right? Therefore, he is seen wearing a dungaree with a patch (most of his jeans have a patch that I have sewn on, due to his constant knee-kissing with the ground. Cute eh?), his beloved chequered shirt (he LOVES his checks, rather obsessed with them), his fire chief hat, his fire boots, holding a hose near a hydrant.
I am in my Indian attire (what else?), a saree with jewellery of course and gajra (cluster of flowers) in my hair, nose pin, maang tikka (‘maang’ literally meaning the partition in the hair and ‘tikka’ meaning the mark or dot worn on the forehead), holding my hands in a ‘Namaste’. Would this be the way I will look on D-Day? (My brother did say that I should have drawn myself much more rounder. Ha ha very funny). Who knows? Sshhhh it’s a secret.
And, if I had to include REAL elements into our invite, Mount Tabor, HAD to be in it and so should the plantains grove. So, there it stood all majestic in the foreground and a flowering plantain tree stands besides him. The plantain tree was our very first flowering blossom in the farm and hold a special place in our heart. The brownish-maroon object dangling off the plantain tree, is its flower which opens up in layers from which the plantains bloom. Plantains are part of the banana tree family and although you cannot eat them raw like their cousins, the bananas, as they are much more starchier, they are used for cooking. They taste yum when cooked, baked or fried, of course. (P.S.: Recently realised that you could eat them raw as well, I mean like a banana & taste like real delish).
The sprinkling of yellow marigold flowers everywhere hold an important and prominent place in Indian culture. It marks an occasion of celebration and their colour brings about a vibrant energy and completes our beautiful painting of love. Picture perfect, isn’t it?