Govindam and Elizabeth simple but significant home wedding was in line with their beliefs and incorporated basic rituals.
Weddings today have become so synonymous with extravagance and splendor that a simple ceremony conducted in an apartment almost seems like an anomaly. However, Elizabeth and Govindam’s intimate and simple wedding held at Elizabeth’s home in Mumbai was a deep testament to their shared convictions and beliefs.
On the big day, bride Elizabeth glowed in bright pink saree with a broad golden border and a contrasting green blouse, while the groom looked regal in his deep maroon sherwani paired with black trousers. Elizabeth also donned a red and gold ‘chunari’ (traditional dupatta worn by brides) which was draped over her head.
This venue for the wedding was Elizabeth’s home in Mumbai, and the couple deliberately kept everything simple for the function, with just the pheras setup on the apartment’s floor. Only their closest friends and family members were invited.
The simplicity of this intimate function amplified the significance of the rituals, and if you thought that a large-scale wedding was the only way to create a memorable affair, the refreshing pictures of this charming wedding is proof that you don’t always need big events to mark one of the biggest milestones in one’s life.
Elizabeth Mathew is a Syrian Christian from Kerala while Govindam Yadav is a Hindu from Lucknow. Yet, as the saying goes ‘Love knows no bounds’, the duo found a way to host their wedding that was refreshing and memorable with its pared down simplicity.
Elizabeth shares, “People assume that Govindam and I would have fought several obstacles in order to get married. But the truth is, our parents were very open-minded, and wholeheartedly supported our decision to marry each other.” Govindam adds, “There was no resistance whatsoever from anyone! We are very fortunate to have such great people as our parents and relatives. Despite their own religious orientations they understood our situation and didn’t let religion interfere with our happiness in any way. I respect them a lot because of their openness and their support.”
The couple’s parents had given them their blessings and when the special day rolled around, the two let them take care of the nitty-gritty details of the wedding. The duo only insisted on two things – simplicity and exclusion of any religious conversion. “We were very particular about the second criteria because we strongly believe that all religions are the same and that one’s relationship with God cannot be altered or established by a ceremony,” explains Elizabeth. Govindam adds, “We had earlier considered an Arya Samaj wedding, but that required Elizabeth to convert. The church too has certain rules which made us omit the option of a Christian wedding as well.”
Both the families were happy with this arrangement and Govindam’s parents were especially keen on having basic rituals such as the garlanding ritual and pheras. They found a pundit who agreed to perform the ceremony without letting religion be a barrier to the holy union. Govindam shares, “A saat-phera ceremony was organized at Elizabeth’s home which was attended by family and close friends. The pandit made sure we understood all the vows he asked us to make to each other. Immediately after that, we had to rush to the registration office for our court wedding.”
Photos Courtesy- Anupam Maurya Photography