Christian "XN" Matyi
How lucky was I to be hired on my #pedicab into this re-creation of a traditional Indian #weddingday #Baraat. The groom — who has no Indian heritage — showed his love for his bride by re-creating the tradition through some clever swap-outs and a whole lot of enthusiastic dancing and love.
More glamorous versions of this tradition in India would see the groom ride into the village of the bride on a horse or even an elephant. But being in #Boston, tbe groom instead requested of me a truly #Bostonian proxy: a #pedicab. Considering how rickshaws have a long tradition in #India, it was ironically well-suited to this modernized re-creation of an otherwise ancient tradition.
But what made this all so remarkable was how eagerly the groom embraced me into the festivities. Even as the pounding music thronged up against the reflection of the stoic #HancockTower, and the #drums rattled its emotionless glass into life and color, and while this wedding party transformed #CopleySquare into a grand celebration of ancient matrimony (all be it modernized for a more #NewEngland palette), the groom still put effort into quietly and gentlemanly treating me — an otherwise stranger — as part of the family, rather than just as the “hired help.” (Which was a lesson that the wedding planner could’ve learned a little bit from, in her brusk and even rude regard for me and the service I was providing the bride and groom.) It was a small little tiny nugget of dignity on behalf of Stephen that so many other men might typically forget or overlook on their own wedding days, that made this #classy and charming and soft-spoken guy so easily included. Truly a man who wanted his day to not just be a celebration, but to truly be an expanding circle of love.
It set for me the perfect mood for later that night when I wanna shores for a DIFFERENT #wedding, where I shuttled the #bride and #groom and party through pestering harbor driven rain, from #RowesWharf to #CentralWharf, laughing into the night as only #newlyweds can.
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