On Tuesday of this week, my husband and I will have been married years. 8 years!! It’s crazy to me. Almost as crazy as Paula Deen, but maybe not quite that crazy. I am getting nostalgic so am hoping you’ll walk down memory lane with me.

Here is a picture of me and my husband, John, on our wedding day.

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I know, you’re probably wondering why I call him John when his name is so clearly something like Jagdish. Or Rajiv, or something.

But no, John is his real name. He just looks like he is Indian (another story, another day). I think it has to do with the fact that he is half Italian and half Puerto-Rican. Somehow, it made him look like a hybrid of Ponch and Amitabh.

Anyway, here is another picture of me and John on our wedding day.

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Look at how we laughed. Ah. So innocent. This marriage business is fun! I hope the cake tastes good. These were the thoughts I kind of think I was having. Gosh, we should do this more often!!

So, if you haven’t guessed from the pictures yet, John and I had two weddings. On the same day.

We like to call ourselves over achievers.

Moving on.

In the picture below, I know you’re probably thinking that I look like I am going to cry. And I am. I remember crying because I was thinking, “Am I really going to marry a man who has never heard me toot?”

You’ll be happy to know that I did. And it’s been almost eight years and he still hasn’t heard a thing. (Now that the kids are around, it’s especially easy to blame one of them).

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Anyway – so it’s obviously a lot of work to plan two weddings in one day. But we had such amazing friends and family around that it definitely helped.

You can see how happy John’s friends and family were to finally see him embrace his inner Jagdish in this picture. He looked so much like Aladdin that I think everyone was expecting his carpet to roll in. Instead he got a Rolls Royce. Even better.

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I thought that I had done a really good job of planning everything. 300 guests. 3 different catering companies. A multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious wedding.

And for the most part, I think I did an okay job. All except for one part.

Here are our bridal parties.

The Groomsmen:

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The Bridesmaids and Junior Bridesmaids:

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So I thought I had done a really good job of partnering up our parties. I thought I was doing it based on height. In looking back though, it strikes me as odd how much I liked things to match. Tell me if you notice anything.

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John’s sister, Lisa, and her husband, Tom. Makes sense that we would put them together.

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Liz and Vinnie. Our most vertically challenged couple. Both with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Sang and Craig
Sang and Craig. Craig is half Japanese. I don’t know if it has anything to do with why he got paired with Sang, who is Korean. All I know is I look at this picture and want to eat rice.

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We thought Rennie and John’s friend, also aptly named John, should walk together. Their height doesn’t really match but they ARE two of the whitest people in our wedding party.

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Actually forget that. I almost forgot about Tiffany and Tommy. I think they beat Rennie and John.

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That’s my friend, Amee. She is half-Indian. She got partnered with my brother, who is 100% Indian. Convenient? Perhaps.

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And last but not least, is my other brother with my two sisters. Yes, they are all brown too.

I really didn’t mean to be such a racist asshole when figuring out this kind of stuff, but I definitely notice it now when I look back at the pictures. I guess my own advice to brides to maybe not try to be quite as “matchy” as I was. Mix it up a little. Trust me, you’ll look like less of a jerk when you look back at your wedding pictures eight years later.

Anyway. 8 years.

They haven’t been all roses, but they have been some of the most memorable years of my life.

Thanks for sticking with me, John, despite my hideous wedding party matching skills.



23 Comments on Match

  1. Renée Schuls-Jacobson
    June 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I love you. And I don’t think I would have picked up on any “matchy-matchy” stuff. It looks like you had several wonderful joyous multicultural evenst, no matter how you slice it. How many cakes did you have? :)
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    • masalachica
      June 24, 2013 at 7:53 am (2 years ago)

      The funny thing was, I didn’t even eat cake and then I forgot to get the section they keep for the couple. So other than that forced camera shot, I didn’t get a darn bite if it! Oh well.

      Love you too!

  2. Alison
    June 24, 2013 at 4:27 am (2 years ago)

    Happy (early) 8th Anniversary!!!

    I actually like how you were so matchy-matchy. I think I *may* have done the same if we had ever had a wedding. It would have been insane to plan though, seeing as there’s the Chinese side, then the Libyan side. And Australia, Malaysia. Arghhhh.

    See why we eloped instead?

    Also, you were beautiful. You are beautiful.

    And your friend Sang is rather handsome, isn’t he?
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    • masalachica
      June 24, 2013 at 7:56 am (2 years ago)

      I absolutely believe that eloping is the way to go! Good for you, Alison! What a cool background you guys have – your kids are stunning.

      Sang is a girl and she is beautiful, but I think you mean Craig. Yes! He is one of John’s best friends and actually used to model on the side. We’d see him in magazines and on TV all the time, for the most random ads.


      • Alison
        June 24, 2013 at 7:58 am (2 years ago)

        OMG I meant Craig of course (sorry Sang, you ARE pretty). Too taken in to get his name right. Whoops.

  3. Greta
    June 24, 2013 at 7:51 am (2 years ago)

    You crack me up, Kiran. You two make such a gorgeous couple. Here’s to 58 more years! Happy anniversary!
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  4. Cindy Moy
    June 24, 2013 at 8:49 am (2 years ago)

    My husband is American-born Chinese. Even among white people, I am WHITE. When an Asian person walked into the church at our wedding, the (white) ushers always assumed that the guest went to the groom’s side, and my Japanese friends ended up sitting over there instead of with our other friends. Oh well. We’re all learning to navigate this melting pot!! (And after 19 years of marriage, we’re still learning to navigate that too!)

  5. Manisha
    June 24, 2013 at 9:26 am (2 years ago)

    Congrats, Kiran!!! What a beautiful day for a wedding and today, for an anniversary. Here’s to many, many more lovely years.

  6. Lady Jennie
    June 24, 2013 at 10:57 am (2 years ago)

    Oh I had such a diverse wedding party too and I LOVED it. I didn’t do it on purpose, I just chose my best friends, but it really stands out in the wedding pictures. My sister is Korean, and my roommate was too. Another roommate Puerto Rican, and another white. And then I had a Jamaican friend, an Indian-American (like you!), and then four more, both black and white. I don’t remember much about the pairing, but I get what you mean about being … careful and sensitive to that.

    You look gorgeous, of course, my dear.
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  7. Keely
    June 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm (2 years ago)

    This is HILARIOUS. But hey, I’m a sucker for matchy-matchy, too. (The pix are gorgeous! Happy anniversary!)
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  8. Katie Sluiter
    June 24, 2013 at 1:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey! We just celebrated 8 years LAST Tuesday! June is such a lovely month to get married! You looked BEAUTIFUL! I love the pictures and I love that your wedding party…er…”matched” each other. Ha! Here’s to 8 years and 800 more!!
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  9. Elaine A.
    June 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Y’all are SUCH a gorgeous couple, Kiran, seriously. Congratulations on 8 years and here’s to MANY more!! xoxo
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  10. Leigh Ann
    June 24, 2013 at 3:04 pm (2 years ago)

    “All I know is I look at this picture and want to eat rice.” Ha! Happy anniversary! Looks like you had a lovely wedding or two. You’ve seriously never tooted in front of him?

    And good God you two make a gorgeous couple!
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  11. Peg
    June 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm (2 years ago)

    That just totally cracked me up! We had an awesome time at your wedding(s) and danced until our legs would dance no more. Kieran definitely ate until buttons on his pants needed adjusting. Happy anniversary you guys!!

  12. Ilene
    June 25, 2013 at 5:12 am (2 years ago)

    Could you and John be any more gorgeous as a couple? I think not! It looks like both weddings were incredible and fun and I hope you have many many more years together. And feel free to get nostalgic on us any time!
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  13. Kristin
    June 25, 2013 at 8:48 am (2 years ago)

    I laughed so freaking hard at the “you’re probably wondering why I’m calling him John” part–I was not expecting that at all! I thought this was going to be wishy-washy, like my own anniversary post was!

    What a lovely wedding and bride!
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  14. MomWithaDot
    June 25, 2013 at 10:11 am (2 years ago)

    Happy Anniversary!! Loved the first pic – you look gorgeous !! Thanks for sharing all the pics – looks like everyone had fun!
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  15. kebhari
    August 10, 2013 at 3:41 am (2 years ago)

    Congrats!!! What a beautiful day for a wedding and today, for an anniversary. Here’s to many, many more lovely years.

  16. Mike Huiwitz
    October 17, 2013 at 7:06 am (2 years ago)

    Awww. Beautiful couple. May you continue to enjoy beautiful marriage together.
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