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VOWS - A Celebration of Love

Monday, June 18, 2012    

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Sakeena and Dhiraagh's love story began as a four-year long-distance relationship. Dhiraagh was completing his studies at Florida International University, while Sakeena was doing the same at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus. Upon completing her banking and finance bachelor's degree, Sakeena migrated to the United States for more opportunities within her field of study and to be closer to Dhiraagh while he continued his studies. It was from there that their commitment to each other truly blossomed.

The Wedding

The couple's traditional Hindu wedding began with the Baraat — an introductory celebration in which Dhiraagh arrived with his family and friends, headed by his father Edward Dammar — at the Wyndham Kingston's poolside. The contingent of drummers, dancers, and singers made their way to the bride's father Delroy Bowla and his sons. Once the couple's families met, they embraced each other, after which Dhiraagh was escorted by Delroy to greet the mother of the bride, Jean Bowla, and six other married women close to the bride's family. Delroy and Edward then exchanged flower garlands.

Post-Baraat, Dhiraagh, who was smartly outfitted in a Sherwani and turban, was accompanied by his family members to the entrance of the Wyndham's ballroom where they were met by more drummers and the officiating priest Pandit Hari Chowbey — who performed the Parchay. During the Parchay, Pandit Chowbey chanted mantras while Jean Bowla blessed the groom by throwing rice and trefoil towards him ahead of affixing the tilak of vermilion and tumeric powder to his forehead. The bridal party, family and guests then entered the ballroom to await the bride's arrival.

Sakeena made her grand entrance in a stunning red sequinned bridal lengha. She glided to the altar, accompanied by her bridesmaids, who wore orange and yellow saris. During the ceremony the bride and groom physically tied a knot

between them, using the end of the groom's scarf and the bride's dress. They then marched around the nuptial fire before exchanging their vows and rings in the Mangala Suthra ceremony.

The Reception

Each guest was later invited to present the newly-weds with a flower, as a part of the Aashirvadah ceremony, before making their way to the lobby area for cocktails. The reception later followed in the ballroom, which was quickly transformed from the wedding hall to a lovely dining space, complete with a beautiful array of orchids by MC Décor. Guests dined on a buffet-styled vegetarian dinner that included curried mango, chick peas, and dhal created by the couple's family members. Soon after, the newly-weds cut their exquisite vegetarian wedding cake (baked without eggs and alcohol) designed by Charmaine Biersay. The couple shared their first dance to Pehli Nazar Mein by Atif Aslam. The newly-weds will honeymoon after setting up house in Florida.

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