This was an emotionally charged day. In our couple's culture, tradition has it that the bride shows deep mourning at leaving her parent's household.
But this goes beyond showing tradition, the connection between Rehnuma and her mother was authentic and deeply touching. In between the tears though there was jocular festivity, with the groom parading in his car and having to push, shove and barter his way past a roped barrier and the gaggle of relatives to get to his awaiting bride.
I loved the day with its moments of quiet and reflection and the noise of joyful bravado.