Keerthi Ravi never used to tell her friends what she got up to after school. Looking back, however she is incredibly proud of her achievements.
Keerthi Ravi got married this year. She and her husband had a destination wedding with 200 guests over three days in late January, back when COVID-19 was nothing more than a few sentences tucked away in the international section of the newspaper. The spectacular event combined traditional, religious and celebratory events with lots of fun and excitement in her home country of India.
“It’s quite an overwhelming event to be confronted with. It’s colourful, loud, fast-paced and exciting – all at the same time,” she says.
“Both of us were born in India, and it was a nice way for us to be reacquainted with our roots and our families. I think they wanted us to have a big Indian wedding even more than us! The planning was full on, and it was nice. I’m so glad [we did it], as you can’t even imagine doing a wedding of that magnitude now.”
Like most weddings, the bride and groom were as democratic and diplomatic to the extent possible in balancing the wishes of their families. She and her husband are from different parts of the country – he’s from the north, while she’s from the south – so they needed to balance many different customs. The result was inevitable.
“We had everything under the sun,” she laughs. “It was a big fusion experience.”