I have never been to Anand, Gujarat. As a matter of fact I’ve never even heard of this place, let alone imaging there would be a half-way decent hotel there. After all, why would there be? However, Anand, as it happens, is actually the milk capital of India and is only a couple of hours away from the airport on a surprisingly good highway leading from Ahmedabad to Vadodara, and has more than a decent hotel. The Madhuban resort is a real luxury resort. Life is full of surprises.
So we were off for a good start. Pavitra and Sunil, coming from the cold London air, didn’t seem to have too much difficulties adjusting to the warm weather of Gujarat. Come to think about it, they probably even miss it right now. They came to have their wedding in India as this is where many of Sunil’s family live and it simply made more sense than to bring the entire Indian family to the UK.
It was all planed perfectly, as always, but in the best tradition of Indian weddings there was a very, VERY, long delay. The family from Surat for whom the wedding was in India got stuck on the road and only reached after lunch. Pavitra, who was the first bride I’ve even met who was ready before time, had to sit and wait in her room for more than four (!) hours before her seven uncles finally came to bring her. They could have been Snowwhite and the seven dwarfs if the Mamas (Mother’s brothers) were not so big. After all this delay even the pundit took his time and everyone was tired of waiting but when he was done everyone was so happy that it was almost worth it. We had a blast.
The long day turned into a cooler evening. Gujarat is a ‘dry’ state where you can only get a permit to buy alcohol as a tourist but everyone had a British passport so the groom’s suite became the bar and the party started a long time before the reception. What a party that was. The embarrassing pictures are in the private collection of the couple For Their Eyes Only. Mr. and Mrs. Parekh, it was an absolute pleasure being there with you.
By Sephi Bergerson
Sephi Bergerson is a wedding photographer based in India since 2002 and is available for Indian wedding photography, destination wedding photography in Udaipur, Jaipur, palace weddings in Rajasthan or a beach wedding in Goa or Kerala. Sephi is also happy to travel for wedding photography in Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Maldives, Thailand and Sri Lanka.