SHREYA ARUMUGAM TO ALVIN KRISHNA | 8.9.15By Mara Araujo
Though they were in the same class and lived across the hall from each other in their dorm building, it was a chance encounter between two of their friends that brought Shreya and Alvin together. It was Shreya’s first semester in medical school in Grenada, and as she was walking from class with her friend, they ran into Alvin and his friend. As Shreya was about to leave, Alvin reached out his hand and introduced himself. What followed was a great deal of jokes, laughter and study sessions.
The couple’s South Indian-inspired wedding took place in Shreya’s home state of Rhode Island and featured a mix of both modern and traditional elements. On the morning before the wedding, the families got together for a Sangeet, which Shreya describes as a “mixer between the two families.” They also celebrated the Mehendi ceremony, with henna being applied on their hands.
On the morning of the wedding, everyone took part in the Baraat, the music- and dance-filled procession of the bridegroom in a car to the ceremony hall entrance. After having hidden from each other for the whole day before the wedding while staying in the same hotel, Alvin and Shreya relished their first look. “It was nice,” says the bride, “to see the person you normally see every day, but in his wedding attire.”
For their summer celebration at Kirkbrae Country Club, Alvin and Shreya took full advantage of the versatile venue, with a wedding ceremony and cocktail hour outside on the balcony and a reception inside. The best part, says Shreya, “was having a coordinator who was there every step of the way.” Having two different sets of décor between the ceremony and reception, Shreya was relieved that there was someone to keep it organized and bring everything and everyone together to make for an unforgettable day.
Of course, to make for an even more unforgettable day, Shreya’s grandfather, who could not make it to the wedding, wrote a speech that was delivered by Shreya’s sister during the reception. Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.