Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A bit like my mother...


My mother was truly stylish. Here was one woman who never knew the names of any big designers, wore flowers in her hair, and made them into earrings. Her skin glistened with freshness and innocence, even when she became a mother of two. The first colored lipstick she bought for herself was when my brother got married. But the saris she wore! Beautiful silks, chiffons, georgettes, and of course, cotton sari. She was so delicate and feminine and embodied elegance. I so wanted to be like her when I grew up. When my wedding was coming closer, like every bride, my biggest worry was, “What will I wear?”. Ours was a civil wedding, followed by two wedding receptions, almost a week apart, so I knew I could wear something fancy and elaborate to the wedding receptions. To the civil wedding, I wanted to wear something special. If you have been a reader of this blog for a while, you would have read about how my mother has been a major influence in my life, and obviously, I missed her presence more and more as my big day came closer. I had to have her with me, somehow. So I decided to wear one of Ma’s saris to the wedding day. My initial choice was a bottle green and dull gold sari that she had worn for her own wedding. But that sari is too delicate and very worn out from use for over 40 years, so I settled upon this gorgeous georgette sari that Ma liked a lot. Also, I wanted to wear no make-up or any noticeable accessories, as that’s how my mother dressed up all her life. I chose a very simple set of pearl earrings, and just a touch of kohl completed my look. There was no base, no foundation, and no lipstick. And that’s how I wanted to look as a bride. My brother was pleasantly surprised when he saw me wear our mother’s sari on the D-Day. We lost both our parents not so long ago, and it was an emotional moment for both of us. That sari just made all the difference. As I drove to the court with my family; my brother, his wife, and my niece, I felt so much at peace. I look at these pictures from that day and feel so good. Wedding clothes need not be about designers and drop-dead stunning accessories. Sometimes, as in my case, wedding clothes are all about emotions, tradition. I could have gone for a heavily embroidered designer sari, but this lovely georgette made my wedding’s memories even more special.

57 comments:

fashion meets art said...

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tiny dancer said...

Aw, that was lovely to read, especially since mother's day is coming up. I always adored my mom's insanely long hair as a child. haha and now I also have long hair :)

Thank you for your kind words about my friend <3
Tasia

Fashionopolis said...

You look absolutely stunning in that saree. You made a beautiful bride.
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Nathalie Kartika Putri said...

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Ceciliaefendy said...

Lovely word of you! :)
That sari fit you well. So gorgeous..
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Joan said...

soooo cute photos!
great post!

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Camille said...

Beautiful, lovely.xxx

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Sam said...

Aw what a beautiful read and a lovely ode to your mother. You are a vision in this sari, its so elegant...I wish I knew how to tie one! You are so right, theres so much more sentiment in wearing a memorable piece of your mums rather than a store-bought outfit.

Couture Carrie said...

What a lovely post!
Love your description of your mom and these beautiful pics!

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Anna @ IHOD said...

Prati,
What a beautiful tribute to your mother. Love this post, and I see how the beauty runs in the family!

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MarmeladenMädchen said...

honey, that story..it's so sad and so beautiful in one. I'm pretty sure your mother would be so proud of you!
and you looked amazing! :)

Fashion Tales.... said...

What a beautiful post. I enjoyed reading this ... Mothers are so dear. And I love the images. xx

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Venus Loves Virgo said...

That was so touching to read! Well said. Your mother and yourself are beautiful! xoxo

Kirsten said...

You look beautiful in your mothers sari! You're right, it's not always about designers, but more about emotions. I liked reading this and I like your view :) Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I'm gonna follow you.
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Fashion Cappuccino said...

What a beautiful family picture! xoxoxo

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Such a sweet tribute to your mother. You looked absolutely gorgeous and I'm sure you make her very proud. xoxo

Elle Sees said...

i loved reading your story

kirstyb said...

lovely post

Cafe Fashionista said...

You have such a beautiful family. :)

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Oh to Be a Muse said...

There is definitely a lot of emotion wrapped up in wedding clothes. So nice that you wore your mother's sari. Great pictures!

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

This is so sweet - what a beautiful and touching way to have your mom with you!

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Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

Such lovely post about your mother...and "Happy Mother's Day" to your mom doll.


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*Glam Chameleon* said...

Beautiful sari, I heart its color!:)
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Mitha Komala said...

your mom must be proud having a lovely daughter like you! :D i love your saree and necklace <33 xx


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Audrey Allure said...

Such a lovely post & beautiful photos :)

Miss Starshiny said...

Beautiful photos!
Happy Mother's Day!
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METROX LOVES YOU the blog. said...

Happy Mother's Day, sweetheart! And your mother seems really stylish indeed. We love the part where she wears flowers in her hair. That is lovely. Great post to appreciate your mom. :)

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bridechic said...

Such loving thoughts. Happy Mother's Day

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Sunny & Star said...

Lovely post. Everyone looks amazing.

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I love your sari!! (It's that name?)

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