A WOMAN OF TWO WORLDS
And we 'bout it every day, every day, every day' - DRAKE.
When I was young, I would watch bollywood, mesmerized in the adornment where women as Brides was the epitome of happiness and all I wanted to do was dress up, get married and do it all over again. Well, it doesn't work that way, that's what we're told. It works once and when you find him, it's like that Yash Raj film where you have the movie on repeat. I'm referring to that dil wale moment. Guess what, you can dress up over and over again especially when you're in love - self or with someone else. I enjoy the combination. Culture is our chai latte from Balzacs, for Shivani Sharda whip up a latte any day. This Bridal testimonial isn't to compare her to the sweetness of chai but it will have your heart set on the warmth that illuminates from the birth of cardamom in boiling water and sugar cane crystals. The rich colours from her beautiful photographs, captured by MANGO STUDIOS in Toronto at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre are heart clenching.
During the session, her guests started to arrive and when her cousins; a great group of festive men, circled her as she was the trophy win, the mehndi dances had officially begun. The marigold fire had begun with family disembarking through the doors of a blessed home; the symphony of flutes, a sitar and a set of tablas set the array of dancing folk and celebration. This was the mood and it was perfect.
Her energy uplifted when her husband Sukhwant walked into the garden of bliss to see his Bride adorned in her Bridal Henna. Every minute holds a moment to worry but every journey holds an awakening to glow within. Shivani's tears and laughter brought out her true values to the traditions that are instilled in all of us even if she is born here. Many of us do not understand the weight on our shoulders as women of culture. No matter our geographic location, we need to continue to instil our values into the crops we plant and water them with the abundance of rituals of stories. Community is a form of gratitude. A part of mine are fashion savvy, culturally-adhered, creative women who all have wings while working in an industrial driven routine. It's important to balance out life and not just be a part of the book but write your own.
We still talk about how beautiful the experience was and that her moment was completely hers and blessings were countless. Congratulations to you both, Shivani and Sukhwant.