Being in love is a wonderful feeling. But seeing your favourite person, walk down the aisle to meet you and join hands with you for the rest of your lives- it’s a whole another level of magic. Mekhala and Tatum are one amongst the few around the world who took a chance at love. And then they had a wedding in the USA.
While the wedding party was small, it was bursting with love. Here’s the couple getting candid about their special day via weddingsutra.com
How did they meet?
The couple’s history dates back to when they met for the first time at a liberal arts college in Virginia, USA.
“Tatum and I were both majoring in creative writing and, over the course of three years, we became really good friends. However, it took us some time to realize we were in love. We were quite oblivious to it until after I had graduated!” says Mekhala.
When the two came to a realization that they were particularly drawn to each other, they knew they wouldn’t let go.
But there were a number of challenges that they had to entail to reach their wedding day.
The long distance that soon cut short:
“We began seeing each other. I was still in the US and Mekhala was in Canada. Our long-distance relationship went on for four years and we would manage to meet every few months. It was very hard to not know when we would see each other next, and when we would finally be able to live in the same place.” says Tatum.
As time went on, their bond only grew stronger. Finally, the days of long distance came to an end!. “I was finally able to join Mekhala in Toronto, and we could not have been more thrilled about it,” says Tatum.
The next couple of years were a breeze, the couple enjoying the now quality time they could spend with each other. Sooner than they were expecting, they reached a new milestone in their relationship.
“It was the point at which we had spent the same amount of time living in the same city as we had spent living apart from one another. It was a beautiful summer evening when she arranged for champagne and, in the privacy of our home, she popped the question. This was the day we decided that we were going to live together longer than we had lived apart!” says Mekhala.
They then began to plan the day to tie the knot, later choosing their 10th anniversary as the perfect day for the same.
Their nuptials were filled with beautiful and magical moments, surrounding the couple with love, pride and support.
Sadly, the couple wasn’t able to share this joyous moment with all their nearest and dearest loves. “Acceptance of our relationship by our family was an evolving process and took time, patience and compromise. While they’re warming up to the concept, the process is still ongoing. Because of this, it was mostly one side of our immediate families who ultimately celebrated with us.”
But no matter the challenges and ups and downs, their wedding was truly fantastic. The two put together a function that celebrates each of their unique cultural backgrounds. “We were very keen on personalizing our big day as much as we could, so we decided to host it in Central Virginia, which is where we went to school,” says Mekhala.
The couple booked an estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains, a mountain range that extends through the eastern United States. They chose decor that was simple yet very elegant.
Customs and Traditions:
“Our guests joined us for two distinct ceremonies. The first was the Hindu Maharashtrian wedding, for which we both wore Indian outfits. Mekhala dressed in a paithani saree that held deep significance to her. I opted for a beautiful yellow lehenga. This was followed by a Western ceremony, officiated by the writing professor in whose class we first met!”
Tatum continues, “The mandap was decorated with marigolds and included an image of the deity that Mekhala’s family worships. The altar for the Western ceremony, on the other hand, overlooked the mighty mountains. The decor and cake combined marigolds, which are a part of most Indian weddings, Texan wildflowers, and birds of paradise, which is our mutual favourite.”
The couple took to their own to make creative and personal inputs to their decor. “Tatum embroidered a different meaningful flower for each table using a special technique to honour her grandmother,” says Mekhala. “Although, she ran out of time and had one flower design pending. So, for the last table, she got a photo of our cat instead!”