TEENA + JEREIN
Some of the best moments in life are unexpected, don’t u think?
Teena and Jerein got married at St. Joseph’s church,vazhakkala (Cochin) amongst their beautiful family and close friends in a traditional Malayalee Christian wedding. Teena and Jerein hail from Kerala and are currently settled in Australia.
Teena’s stunning mermaid gown is proof that choosing your bridal designer is the key. To our surprise she decided to keep her jewelry minimal and simple which is unusual for a Malayalee, we know! In our humble opinion flowers can make or break a wedding, the bouquet was one of our favorite accessories from the wedding and it was a chock-full of gorgeous white lilies.
While all eyes were on the bride, her eyes were on her groom, he looked dapper in a three piece suit custom made at P N RAO’s, Bengaluru.
It’s easy to feel stressed and overwhelmed on your big day, last minute details still have to come together and it seems like you have been planning this day forever but once the ceremony is over, all of those stress start to fade away and you realize that you have finally done it.This beautiful bride was very thrilled to share her wedding story with us and here she writes about her wedding inspiration for her traditional Kerala catholic wedding:
“Our relationship is the end result of a twisted turn of fate.”
As my week long vacation to Goa with my friends got called off, I had no choice but to visit home. Jerein who himself had a few days after his vacation too decided to visit home for a few days. Like every other single so-called young adults of marriageable age are put through, our parents decided that the two of us need to get hitched.
The day was January 11th 2014. Here I was, all set to reject the boy who was to visit me, grumpy over my cancelled vacation. Jerein visited my home to meet his bride to be, with similar thoughts in his mind too. This was probably the first similarity between the two of us. We both had made up our minds to reject the future prospects that our parents had found for us.
As you all know, after a round of tea and snacks, the girl and boy are given a few minutes ( a maximum of 10) to get to know each other and decide if you want to embark your journey of life with that person. To the surprise of both of us, and also a crowd of relatives, our few minutes expanded to an hour and then to 2. We spoke like there was no tomorrow and realized for the first time, that there is some reality in the famous phrase ‘Love at First Sight’. Since a 2 hour first meeting was very uncommon in the Indian culture of arranged marriages, it was very evident to our families that we were in love. For us, that was much more than enough to know that we were meant to be!
A few more dates later, it was time to say bye, the downside of being in love with a man who lived in another country. Even though, we were separated by continents, we explored every mode to keep our relationship blooming. We just couldn’t thank God enough for Technology. We were always there for each other. It was like we were never apart emotionally. Jerein kept my spirits alive even when I was down with the doldrums. When things got too overwhelming for us, we ensured each other that nothing could go wrong while we were together and that’s all that mattered. Living apart got us closer.
Further, Valentine’s Day came in. I was feeling slightly blue over the fact that we weren’t together on the first Valentine’s Day since us being together. But Jerein had overseen this and had planned ahead to kill my blues. He surprised me with a mail. A mail that had his tickets attached. Jerein was coming down to India again!! in just 2 months! I was on cloud nine. I couldn’t wait to be with him again.
Finally the day was here. I went along with his family to pick him up. I was overwhelmed to be with him again. On an Easter Sunday, 20th April, Jerein booked a friend’s cafe for himself. Boy! I was not prepared for what Jerein had in store for me. As I enter the cafe, I found the entire place decorated beautifully with flowers and balloons. There were all kinds of chocolate goodies. There stood Jerein, amidst all those lovely red balloons, and he sang our song! There at that moment, he kneeled down before me and asked me to marry him! (Every girl’s dream, isn’t it?)
Our parents decided on a date for the marriage and that’s when I realized I have a lot of things to do in so little time! It is possible that I have seen every episode of “Say Yes to the Dress”. I always wanted my wedding dress to be a mermaid gown with a long train and was very particular on getting it custom made. So I got my measurements done in LABEL’M, Cochin and gave them an idea of what exactly I wanted. It took almost two months or more for the gown to be done and when I slipped the dress on my wedding morning, I knew the day had finally arrived—I was a bride!
Like any other girl, I’m also a shoe addict and was on the hunt for a perfect pair of silver shoes. I would spend hours in the mall trying on hundreds of pairs of shoes. I was almost on the verge of giving up until one day I came across this gorgeous pair at STEVE MADDEN and as soon as I put it on, I knew it was the one!
I wanted to keep the rest simple and opted for a very simple look by wearing a SWAROVSKI stud earrings and not wearing a chain. Choosing my hand bouquet was the easiest task of all as I was very particular about white lilies! After much online research and asking around I decided to go with the very talented ANEZ ANZARE for my makeup and hair where I blocked my date six months prior. I highly recommend him if your wedding venue is in and around Cochin!
Moving on to the wedding reception, since we decided to keep RED as our color theme, I had to look out for a red mantrakodi (bridal saree) and SEEMATI, Cochin was my first choice. It was a brick red Kanchipuram silk saree with beautiful detailing and a touch of class!
I personally am not a big fan of gold and had a hard time choosing my reception jewelry. Thanks to my darling cousins who helped me pick the jewelry from MALABAR GOLD, Cochin. My bridesmaids were dressed in a red and copper gown and got it stitched in Bangalore.
My handsome hubby wore a charcoal grey three piece suit custom made at P N RAO’s, Bengaluru.
My advice to those planning their wedding: Enjoy the process! It’s normal to argue and be frustrated with one another during the planning process, but remember in the end it will all be worth it! Now that our wedding is over, I wish that I could relieve every moment! So,cherish it girls!!
I take a moment to thank both Annie and Madhuri for featuring me on the blog. Keep up the work girls!
And that’s my happily ever after….