20130729

Hot Mess!

We have made it through thirteen days and onto our fifth event.. the groom's event.. so as the hosts this was a particularly long hot day.. and by the end of it I was just a mess. There are a lot of formalities that take place on this day.. the event had over a thousand invitees..

I started out like this.. you can already see the tired eyes.. this too was an outfit worn during my own wedding.. It and I looked so much better that day. 

 D is mischievous self

 The happy and I must add stunningly radiant couple

One of my favorite pictures.. 

Five down two more to go..

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20130725

Skip Ahead to the Fourth

M didn't arrive till the early morning of the 3rd event. So all the photo taking responsibilities were on me, plus the motherly duties and the sisterly duties and the daughterly duties.. you can imagine the rest.. so the thing I let slide unfortunately was the picture taking. So I have no documentation of what I wore on either of the two events.. :(

So we'll skip right over to the fourth event. It was the brides event.. so we got to play guest.

 M and I - recalling the days of our wedding photo shoots.

D sandwiches between my mother in law and myself. 

D is so over the picture talking..

 the family :)

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20130722

The First Event: My Brother's Wedding

I wore this outfit in one of the events at my own wedding (yes we re-wear)

The intricate details of the embroidery.  


 The happy couple (the one and only time men wear jewelry except for a ring)

 My dad with my great uncle

 My mother and my great aunt pretty in pink.. the last surviving great anything on either side of the family. 

D trying very hard to avoid having a picture taken

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20130718

Out and About in Karachi


D took a spin on a motorcycle. 

 Me and my sister in law

 Like a totem pole

With M's sister, brother in law and kids. D's beloved brothers.

Choo Choo! 

A horse carriage ride with my parents 

 Dinner and a walk at Port Grand; a pier of sorts built under a bridge along the water near Karachi's port. 

My dad, D and I 

Brothers in Shades 

M and I

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20130715

The Invitations

When I left home to go spend to months in what was once home, I had planned on documenting everything. What I wore, what we ate.. everything.. the thing is plans don't always work out. There was so much happening that I often simply forgot.

So I'll share what I can..

The first thing to understand is that like almost all weddings, they are big productions.. but an Pakistani/Indian wedding is that times a hundred. There are a minimum of five to six events as small as a hundred people and as big as a thousand.. two thousand people. During each event there are several little rituals and traditions..

This particular wedding had eight events.. eight!

Thousands of invitations were sent, the most important fifty or sixty were hand delivered by us with a little gift.


This gift can be just about anything.. we decided to gift everyone a bottle of honey with a sachet of kalonji aka fennel flower, black cumin as well as several other names. Kalonji is an Asian spice said to have many healing properties. The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) once said it was the remedy to all disease except death. Combining the seeds in moderation enhance the benefits.






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20130708

Back to Real Life

After two months I am finally back home.. jet lagged, with three loads of laundry down and two more to go..  hundred's of pictures the scour through and a surprise three days in Istanbul. It'll take me a few days to get my groove back.. and the fact that Ramadan has started won't make things any easier.. so stay tuned.

Hope you're all having a great summer.

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