Roopal and Christoffer live in South
West Sweden in Jonkoping city. Roopal´s grandparents and father came to Sweden in 1973
from Uganda and her mother is from India. Roopal and her younger brother and sister are
all born in Sweden. Her family is Gujarati.
is from a town called Habo, not far from Jonkoping. He moved to Jonkoping in 1999 when he
started to work as an Implementation Engineer for a telecom company. His parents, brother
and sister live in Habo.
though we are from different cultural backgrounds, our open-minded personalities has made
it very easy for us and we find that it the most important character in strengthening our
The couple is
now moving to Gothenburg and start their married life down there."
They first met in 2002 in the company where they both worked. Soon Roopal went on holiday
and left Sweden for 4 weeks. In the meanwhile they were in contact all the time. When
Roopal returned from her holiday they both knew they were meant to be together. Once
we knew this we started to plan our next steps. We got engaged (the Swedish way) on 9th
June 2003 and the happy occasion was witnessed by our families over a dinner.
Shopping Trip to Ahmedabad
After the engagement, we had 14 months to plan our two big weddings and several
other occasions plus a shopping trip to Ahmedabad, India. The shopping in India was the
first milestone in our planning. Since the wedding was in Sweden (where you cannot find
any wedding items) we had to buy everything from invitation cards, sherwanis, sarees,
weeding dress, jewellery, mandap decoration pieces, wedding ceremony items and so much
The wedding ceremony started at 2.30 pm in
Christophers hometown Habo. After the wedding ceremony a reception was held with a
three-course dinner, a big wedding cake and fine entertainment acts by the bride and
grooms families and friends.
Church wedding on 31st July, 2004 in Habo (Christoffers hometown)
Hindu Engagement, Mehndi and Sanjee night on 6th
August, 2004 in Mariestad (Roopal´s hometown)
Mandap Mahurat on 7th August, 2004 in Mariestad
Hindu wedding on 8th August, 2004 in Mariestad
The groom arrived riding a big brown horse.
The bride arrived in an old and classic 1954 model car. Her younger brother Amrish and her
cousin Harshal led her to the mandap. A priest who is Roopal´s mothers uncle from
England led the wedding ceremony. Over six hundred guests witnessed the function.
The theme for the both weddings
was wine red and white. For the Christian wedding for the centrepieces we had bowls made
of glass with red crystal stones at the bottom, with a green twig and dark red roses. For
the Hindu wedding the groom and his father made the mandap. Roopals aunt from
England, her cousins and close friends decorated the mandap in wine red and white sarees
Starters: Prince Charles Pastry Vegetarian Pastry
Main Course: Buffet of chicken, turkey, roast beef,
vegetarian beef and nuggets, assorted exotic fruits, vegetables, potato salad, potatoes au
gratin, assorted cheese and crackers. Dessert: Traditional
Swedish cheese cake with whipped cream and jam Traditional wedding cake, different
biscuits and home made pastry
Aloo curry, mutter panir, poori, dhokla, rice, khadi, shrikand, salad and pickles.
What the Bride and Groom Wore
Christian Wedding: The bride wore an off-white wedding gown from the
Amanda Wyatt collection. The fabric was French Crepe in a halter neck design. The gown was
bought at a wedding store in Sweden. The groom wore a wedding suit, which he had designed
himself. The suit was all black with a white vest. SevenEarth in Ahmedabad, India made the
The bride wore a wine-red chaniya choli in georgette with golden embrodery. The wedding
outfit specialist Kuntal in Ahmedabad, India made the dress. The groom wore a light
green/beige and red sherwani with a red and gold dupatta from SevenEarth, Ahmedabad.