And they all threw bird seed at us

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Five years ago, Ishani and I called a few dozen of our closest friends to St. Louis gather in Forest Park. As a group, we briefly took over (commoned) the patio in front of the Grand Basin — entirely against a park policy of charging exorbitant amounts of money to rent this public space. With a brief exchange of vows, a word of wisdom, a rendition of our favorite love song, and a bunch of group photos, our flashmob wedding was in the books.

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Five years ago

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We drank gangajal, walked seven times around a ritual fire and promised, among other things, to follow each other forever.

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I think about lineage this time every year

A sharp dressed family

A sharp dressed family

It’s been 15 years to the day since my father died. His father (far left above) outlived him by a few years; Dadiji, his mother (second from the left), by nearly a decade.

Mom (holding me), Anna (held by Dad) and I continue our lives, but everything changed. His death was a timeline break for us all.

Miss you, Dad. And your dapper suits.

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Going to the lakeside ’cause we’re gonna get married

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If you’re sneaky, you don’t need permission to use one of the best venues in town

It’s been four years since our flashmob wedding at the lake in St. Louis’ Forest Park. Bapre how lucky I was that she said yes.

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Seven times around that fire

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Four years ago, the most wonderful woman and I circled a fire seven times.

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Third anniversary of one of our weddings…

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It’s a lot more fun to celebrate multiple anniversaries. This June 29 is the third anniversary of our St. Louis wedding (above).

Three years down, the rest of our lives to go.

Love you, darling.

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Our anniversary

Three years ago

Three years ago

…is a little difficult to pin down as we’re never quite sure whether we were married on December 22, which is what everyone else remembers, or whether it was on December 24, which is what the government recognizes.

Seeing how I failed to set a blog post to go live before we took off for holiday, I’m posting this today, now that we’re back home, on our legal anniversary.

Love you, darling.

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Two years since we all met us in St. Louis

Our flash mob wedding in Forest Park

Our flash mob wedding in Forest Park

June 29 is our second anniversary of what felt like our fifth or sixth wedding ceremony. But it was the only one we had with U.S. family and friends. And we were so grateful to all who supported us, in person and in spirit.

And we still are. Lots of love to you all.

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