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North Couple Tie The Knot In Stylish Fusion Of Colours

“Our vision was to bring the iTaukei element from his side and infuse it with my South Indian style.”
09 Aug 2022 16:37
North Couple Tie The Knot In Stylish Fusion Of Colours
Karishma Mudaliar and Joewesh Taituraga’s wedding party at Thurston Garden, Suva on August 6, 2022. Photo: Lighthouse Photography

Karishma Mudaliar and Joewesh Taituraga of Labasa overcame their cultural and racial differences to wed at the Thurston Gardens in Suva. Love conquered all as Ms Mudaliar was able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic and find her soul mate.

“As we unite, we wanted to commemorate our different backgrounds through our wedding attire,” Ms Mudaliar said.

“Our vision was to bring the iTaukei element from his side and infuse it with my South Indian style.”

It all became possible through Lavalani Design who poured her heart and soul into crafting their attire.

A masi (tapa cloth) printed fabric sewn in Indian style called lehenga (a full anklelength skirt worn by Indian women, usually on formal or ceremonial occasions) for the bride.

 

While a dhoti (a loose piece of clothing wrapped around the lower half of the body, worn by some men in India) and kurta (a long-sleeved, hip-length shirt worn by men in India) for the groom.

“It pays great tribute to our respective cultures and we are thrilled to be wrapped up in these beautiful pieces of art as we start our lives together,” Mr Taituraga said.

“I feel it elegantly depicts our acceptance of each other’s culture and shows our pride in being Fijians.”

Both Christians, attending Jesus Christ Is Lord Ministries, they decided to have the wedding in a garden because in the Bible the first man and woman were united in the Garden of Eden.

Karishma Mudaliar and Joewesh Taituraga tied knot at Thurston Garden, Suva on August 6, 2022. Photo: Lighthouse Photograph

Karishma Mudaliar and Joewesh Taituraga tied knot at Thurston Garden, Suva on August 6, 2022. Photo: Lighthouse Photograph

Background

Ms Mudaliar, a former student of Labasa College and eldest of two siblings is a management lecturer at Fiji National University. Mr Taituraga is an ex-student of Penang Sangam and eldest of three siblings is a border control officer with the Fiji Immigration Department.

They believe their union is ordained by God and pray daily to be a blessing to their family, friends, colleagues and country.

“We consider ourselves fortunate to live in a country that is multicultural and multiracial,” he said.

“Let us not only use words, but put it into practice.”

 

How They Met

They had known each other for years as family friends. Until the arrival of December, 2020 came with wedding bells for Ms Mudaliar’s cousin and as a family tradition, they always practised dance performances.

“As the preparations kicked off, one fine afternoon my cousin’s best friend came to my home to decide on the songs and choreography,” she said.

“Little did we know that as we danced as dance partners which we had done numerous times before in family events, it would bloom into a great friendship.” “

As COVID-19 locked down the world in 2019 till 2021 I wondered how I would meet someone if I am not going out,” she said.

“Little did I know that my love, Joewesh will walk up the stairs, knock at my door and dance his way into my life and make the rest, history.”

 

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