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Brides Today|April - May 2020 (Masoom Minawala Mehta)
A story that brings much cheer in these difficult times. Pallabi Baro tells us how she and Francesco Alivia braved a pandemic to have their wedding
Pallabi Baro

“Our wedding rings were simple gold bands gifted to us by Francesco’s mother. They belonged to her grandparents, who were happily married for 57 years. These bands have witnessed historywars, famines, and everything else that happened in that periodand survived it all.”

Right place, right time We met four years ago in Milan. Several dates and a lot of globetrotting followed—including Francesco travelling through five cities with the ring in his pocket and not getting caught! He finally popped the question on an emotional New Year’s Eve at a hotel in Jodhpur in 2018.

All awry We spent several months planning and finally froze on a March 2020 wedding. The venue: a palace in Bikaner, Rajasthan, and a guest list spanning the globe! What we didn’t anticipate was coronavirus disrupting our meticulous arrangements. Less than a week before the wedding, restrictions on foreigners travelling to India were imposed and we had to face reality: our celebrations stood cancelled.

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