COVID Can’t Stop Love: Curry & Cake

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South Asian weddings are known for their style, party size, a little bit of sweet, and a whole lot of spice. For many, weddings in 2020 have been canceled or postponed to 2021 due to COVID. This didn’t stop my brother and his now wife when they got married on Zoom in the middle of the pandemic. You can check out their wedding story here. For others, the micro-wedding celebrations continue, COVID-friendly style.

My sweet cousin, Aliya (name changed to respect her privacy) decided to move forward with her summer 2020 wedding despite COVID. Since there is no clear direction on when a vaccine will become available, they decided to not hold off but wanted to celebrate in a way that was safe and adhered to all local and state regulations.

Despite the COVID restrictions, the venue was still enchanting, with white sparkling lights, beautiful garden-rose floral arrangements, and soft-blue ambience.

A wedding that was originally planned for over 300 guests now dwindled down to less than 50 people, including immediate family, and a handful of close extended family and friends, plus staff. Although I personally wasn’t comfortable attending her wedding, my parents went and had an amazing time celebrating. The details shared here are from their personal account of the wedding.

Bollywood Meets Backstreet Boys

Aliya looked stunning in her red wedding dress, gold jewelry, bangles, heels, and of course hair and makeup done perfectly! The groom looked handsome in his blue suit and white rose boutonniere. All of the guests wore face masks the whole time. Some of the guests even matched their mask to their vibrant saris and lenghas. Fashion will always prevail!

Hygiene centers were set up for easy access to hand sanitizer, and additional face masks were easily available as well.

For the indoor wedding ceremony, the venue had limited their capacity to 25%, so the ceremony was very small and intimate. In addition to the bride, groom, priest, and her immediate family, only a handful of people participated in the ceremony. Seating for the guests was set up six feet apart. Despite the COVID restrictions, the venue was still enchanting, with white sparkling lights, beautiful garden-rose floral arrangements, and soft-blue ambience.

The outdoor dinner reception did not disappoint, either, with traditional Pakistani cuisine — including items like chicken biryani, goat curry, and kebabs, just to name a few. But you can’t have a wedding without cake, more dessert, and some chai. I was told that the red velvet cake was amazing, and I am 100% committed to getting some cupcakes from the bakery from which she ordered her wedding cake. Unfortunately, state regulations prohibit a dance floor, so there wasn’t any dancing happening after dinner, but good music flowed throughout the night. The likes of Bollywood music, Backstreet Boys, and NSync are always a hit at any wedding reception.

Although Aliya didn’t have her dream wedding, she did end up marrying her dream partner. Where there is a will, there is a way. Love always wins in the end.

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