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India Wedding Day! Chinnu & Abin’s Marriage and Reception Party (Episode 103 – Part 10)

The big day has arrived! It’s India Wedding Day! Join us as we share in Chinnu and Abin’s very special day in Adimali India!

The India Wedding (aka Marriage)

You may have noticed that they aren’t facing the congregation, like we see in western weddings. That’s because they’re Orthodox Catholic. Everyone faces the altar during mass and weddings. They also refer to the ceremony as a “marriage” instead of a “wedding.”

Chinnu & Abin’s India Wedding Photo Gallery (Click to Enlarge)

Our Marriage Blessing

If you watched Episode 101, we shared the story of how we got our marriage blessed by Chinnu and Abin’s priest. When we told them we went to the courthouse to get married and didn’t have a wedding ceremony, they were shocked and appalled. Abin picked up the phone and called Basil who then called their priest to arrange the marriage blessing.

It all happened in just a few minutes and they didn’t give us an option to say no so we decided to embrace it and accept their kind gesture. After the wedding ceremony, we ventured over to the priest’s office where he performed the blessing and we exchanged the rings that Chinnu helped us select back in Trivandrum. The ceremony was short and slightly humorous, which was perfect for us.

Marriage Blessing Photo Gallery (Click to Enlarge)

The Reception

The reception was held in a gymnasium a short drive from the church. It was unbelievably and unseasonably hot during our stay in Adimali so everyone was feeling the heat, but no one more than Abin. He had 4 layers on: undershirt, shirt, vest and sport coat. They were on the stage greeting guests and getting their pictures taken for a couple of hours. He must have been boiling!

In western weddings, the reception is the big party that usually goes on all night. However, in Indian weddings, the pre-ception on the previous night was the big party. The reception only lasted a few hours and was mainly about picture taking and eating delicious food.

One of the young ladies who was running the show asked someone from our group to say a few words. No one else wanted to speak in front of several hundred Indians, so took the mic and congratulated them on their marriage and expressed our gratitude for the invitation and their extreme hospitality.

Reception Photo Gallery (Click to Enlarge)

We had SOOO much fun at Chinnu and Abin’s wedding and we’re SOOO glad we made the trek halfway around the world to be there.

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Chinnu & Abin’s India Wedding Parties (Episode 102 – Part 9)

This video covers the second half of the first day of Chinnu and Abin’s India Wedding Parties. Amelia rocks her saree at Chinnu’s ceremony before we went to Abin’s ceremony. We had SOOO much fun celebrating with the family!

Chinnu’s Ceremony

When the ladies returned to Basil’s house from the beauty parlor, the family had the first of two India wedding parties, this one was for Chinnu. The priest performed a blessing ceremony with prayers and singing. Then we all took lots of pictures.

Chinnu’s Ceremony Photo Gallery (Click to Enlarge)

Abin’s Celebration

After Chinnu’s ceremony, we went to Abin’s family house for the second of the two India wedding parties. Across the street from Abin’s house was a small hotel with a big tent setup outside. After the priest conducted Abin’s ceremony with more prayers, singing and chanting, the party started. They had a very talented band, lots of dancing and adorable children singing. It was quite the celebration!

Abin’s Party Photo Gallery (Click to Enlarge)

The family served another meal, but we were still full from lunch and breakfast so none of the gringos wanted to eat. The family was very concerned about us not eating. Hopefully we didn’t offend them, but after several days of gorging ourselves on delicious Southern Indian food, we just didn’t have any more room!

Basis arranged for someone to drive us back to his house where we promptly went to bed in preparation for an early morning on wedding day.

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Family, Friends, Food & Fun: Chinnu & Abin’s Adimali India Marriage Festivities (Episode 101 – Part 8)

After a long journey from Cuenca Ecuador to Adimali India via Quito, Miami, Amsterdam, Mumbai and Trivandrum, we arrived in the mountain jungles of central Kerala in Southern India for Chinnu and Abin’s Adimali India Marriage.

This video is Part 1 and covers the morning and afternoon of the first day of the 2-day wedding. Normally, an Adimali India Marriage event would last 3 days, but because Chinnu’s village of Adimalathura is so far from Adimali, the family compressed the timeline to 2 days.

We got a tour of Basil’s bakery “Spoon” in Adimali on our way to Abin’s house for snacks and lunch with the family. Then Amelia went to the beauty parlor with Chinnu to get beautified for the evening’s events while the guys went to a spice farm for a tour.

The spice farm was interesting. The main focus and sales push was to buy their ayurvedic products, but I was only interested in their spices. I loaded up on a variety of different spices to bring back to Ecuador, including some sambar, which is a type of curry that we LOVE.

Other videos in this series: Kerala India 2019

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