It was during the last monsoon in June. We stood at the entrance of a banquet hall in Goa, as a gentle drizzle covered the lush green surroundings. A cool refreshing breeze blew across our faces as we inhaled the sweet smell of the earth soaked in the rain.
It was the wedding of a couple who were college sweethearts. They first met when they were about 19 and nothing could separate them ever since. Seven years of courtship and before anybody realised, their friends and family became guests at their wedding.
It was a quick decision. The wedding date was chosen, the venue was decided, the guest list prepared, invitations were sent and the shopping spree began.
“Ah, that was the last invitation card,” the bride smiled with a sigh of relief as she handed over the card to us. I looked at it and couldn’t stop admiring it.
The boat-shaped eco-friendly card was filled with neon colours highlighting the monsoon theme they had chosen for the wedding.
The card was enough to stir excitement among all the invitees. We waited in anticipation till the day finally arrived.
Goa, love, romance, the seaside and to top it all, the monsoons – what a combination!
As we stepped into the banquet hall, we could almost feel the grandeur and romance in the air. We couldn’t take our eyes off the bride, dazzling in a glorious white gown, embellished with gems. She coyly walked down the aisle, covered in rose petals, with her father. An orchestra followed them, enlivening the entire surroundings with the music of love.
Although the wedding was indoors, we had a breath-taking view of the sea, as the banquet hall was surrounded by see-through glass on all sides. The guests had the pleasure of looking out to sea through the glass walls, throughout the wedding ceremony.