Vaibhav and Vilika: Giving Love a Chance!
When Vilika told her parents that she wanted to marry Vaibhav from Maharashtra, they were stunned. Their daughter was always a firm advocate of her Naga identity and pride, that they were sure she would marry a boy from Nagaland itself, if not from their own Sumi tribe.
Now, when Vilika looks back, she does agree that in the past, she was quite against the idea of marrying outside one’s community.
In 2013, when Vaibhav pinged Vilika on Facebook, she was to him the cute girl whom he would have liked to know better. Vilika didn’t seem to share in his enthusiasm and a few conversations later, that chapter seemed closed.
Through the randomest coincidence both their paths merged two years later. Vaibhav was in Kerala to drop off his brother at the India Baptist Theological Seminary in Kerala, when he spotted a familiar face. Vilika had arrived in Kerala just the day before and had enrolled in the same institute for higher studies.
The next day he spoke to her in person and knew she was everything he wanted in a wife. 3 days later he asked her out. It wasn’t an immediate yes from her end. It took four days for her to consider whether an inter cultural relationship was worth the shot, but she gave it a try, and is so thankful that she did!
They married on 10th October 2017 at the Sumi Baptist Church in Kohima, Nagaland in a simple ceremony which was witnessed by 500 of their friends and community members. The vintage- floral theme of the day, gave their wedding an elegant and timeless touch.
Since they chose to go for a simple basic ceremony, Vilika says there wasn’t much to sweat about. Even choosing her embroidered lace bridal gown was easy. All it took was one visit to the boutique with her bridesmaids. She tried it on and loved it.
The reception was held in the church premises and the guests were treated to traditional Naga cuisine, with many lip-smacking delicacies which Vilika’s Sumi tribe is known for- like Smoked Pork with Axone or Akhuni (fermented Soy bean), Pig head, Fish and Dal curry )
The couple are now doting parents to four month old Janelle, whose name means ‘God is gracious.’ And Vilika’s parents who were at first sceptical of their relationship because of the cultural differences, now consider Vaibhav more a son than a son-in-law.
Perhaps it is worthwhile to sometimes silence the scepticism and give love a chance, after all!
(Vaibhav is currently pursuing his PhD at Seoul Christian University, South Korea and Vilika is enjoying every second of her new role as Mumma to their little bundle of joy, Janelle).
The Bride and Groom Recommend:
Roboto Sumi, Kohima, Nagaland
Hair and Makeup:
Auden Lama, Kohima, Nagaland
Alibo Lily Achumi, Kohima, Nagaland
The Groom’s Suit: