In the past month I was honored to be a guest at two weddings, one Muslim, one Hindu.

The first was the marriage of Aitbubuu, my very fine student from Arabaev University in Kyrgyzstan (where I recently concluded my Peace Corps service). Her new husband is Ulan. Their wedding took place in Aitbubuu’s hometown, Naryn, a five hour drive south from Bishkek. I was invited to share the ride to Naryn with Aitbubuu and Ulan.

To attend the second wedding a few weeks later, I took a short flight over the Himalya to attend the marriage celebration of Hirdesh and Aaron in the Indian town of Orchha. For more than 20 years, I have spent half of each year in India, mainly in Khajuraho, a town near Orchha. I have known Hirdesh since she was a little girl.

Like the final words of the old song, “As Time Goes By” (made famous in the movie Casablanca) —

“The world will always welcome lovers … as time goes by.”

Below are photos I took at each wedding.

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26 November 2017

Aitbubuu and Ulan at Naryn

Taking a break on the journey to Naryn.

The bride with WHC.

Aitbuu whispers a secret to Ulan.


Eating the wedding cake.


The bride with her university group.

Hirdesh and Aaron at Orchha

Aaron in the baraat (the groom’s procession).




Hirdesh dancing … and being photographed.



Aaron and Hirdesh dancing.


Photographing the bride and grrom.



Aaron and Hirdesh.


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