When they were dating, Sonia traveled many miles to visit Chris in Africa. She knew it was real love when he woke up in the dark, long before dawn, and boiled gallon after gallon of water so she could have a hot shower (from a bucket, which he held over her head) when she woke up.
GUYS. Hearing this story during the ceremony, when even their officiant Matt couldn’t get through retelling it without pausing to cry, made me lose my shit during the vows and then again, every month since, whenever I think about it. Those gentle and uncelebrated moments of grace are what make a relationship work, and as much as we love the sexy wardrobes and endless champagne of a wedding weekend, those stories are why we want to keep showing up, over and over, for our couples. We want to hear the stories about the hot water buckets in the midst of the dust– because what a beautiful analogy for real love. Day three of Sonia and Chris’ Indian wedding blowout– come for the love stories, stay for the multiple bottles of champagne sabered by the groom.
If you watch this gif in reverse, the champagne is leaving her glass and that is really sad to me.
Waiting in the hotel lobby for his bride to show up. Also looking fly as hell.
Gang’s all here, being Vanity Fair-esque and overlooking the river at Gibson’s Italia.
Second bottle saber of the day. Yolo. He’s so damn good at it.
You know when you can just tell that some people are FUN just by the look in their eye? Yeah, hi Andrew.
“CHAMPAGNNNNNE!” This will never fail to crack me up.
Side story: when I was in fourth grade and my sister was in first, she had the hardest time adjusting to her new school and new friends. Recess was the roughest time for her, so I used to sneak over the fence between the big kids’ and little kids’ playgrounds to hug her. We had to be apart the rest of the day and it killed me to think that she was struggling somewhere else in the building and i couldn’t help her. I’m crying right now just thinking about it— it’s crazy how visceral those emotions still are for me. The need to protect my little sis against the world has always been one of the most powerful feelings I’ve known.
Weddings are about couples, but only on the surface. They’re also one of the few times in life that your deep relationships all come together to support you in the same space and time, creating a powerful magic that guides you from one phase of life into the next. And sisters who love each other as much as Simi and Sonia… mannnn these are the photos I live to capture. My sister lives across the country from me now and I miss her every single day- delivering pics like these feels like a little love note to her as well.
Cutting pie with the same saber, because SABERS ARE MULTIPURPOSE. The more you know.
And then everyone, especially us, went home and slept for six days straight. Sonia and Chris, your wedding weekend was a celebration of all the good things in the world and I’m still reliving it in my mind-grapes. You sweet cats (and your friends and fam) are incredible, and being with you for every moment of your wedding was such a gift. WE LOVE YOU.
(Need to catch up? The first two days are right here!
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