Back in January Sunny mentioned a trend, in Indian films, towards showing inappropriately saree clad heroines in snowy mountain scenery. Well this isn’t a Bollywood movie, this is Shelby Collins attending a Hindu wedding in Braintree in Essex, about thirty miles East of London. Unfortunately the wedding took place in December 2010 when the area was suffering from some particularly severe weather. It does make for a very winsome picture but I do feel for her in those blizzard conditions. There’s a longer shot below the fold. (Click on the pictures to go to their respective Flickr pages.)
So why was an American attending an Indian wedding in Britain. I had to ask, and, as I suspected, there’s an interesting story here. Shelby explained that, ‘The wedding I went to was between an Indian woman who immigrated to America and a white American man. I had met the couple in America and became part of the groom’s wedding party. The bride very much values her culture and heritage and the groom respects and loves that about her. The wedding took place at the bride’s hometown in the traditional Indian style.’
My thanks to Shelby for letting me post her pictures here.