Ram and Ganga were married on 10th June 2017 at 76 Ghost Gum Street amidst a group of family members and friends. The marriage ceremony was solemnized by Dr Naveen Sharma Registered Marriage Celebrant of Brisbane.  Speeches were presented by Dr Donna McGrath and Dr Vinita Prasad. Prayers were conducted by Urmila Deoki and Regina Prasad. Specific witnesses to the MArriage Certificate were Dr Donna McGrath and Dr Suvenesh Prasad.

WEDDING OF

Dr Ram Lakhan Prasad      

 &

Mrs Ganga N Prasad

Life changed for Mrs Gangamma Naidu of 11 Kaba Street Tamavua in Suva Fiji on 10th June 2017 when she was joined in matrimony with Dr Ram Lakhan Prasad of 76 Ghost Gum Street Bellbowrie Queensland Australia. Life for Dr Ram Lakhan Prasad became a lot more enjoyable and manageable after this marriage.

Although this marriage certificate was only a paper but it did guarantee that we will be together forever because in our vows we accepted that we were determined to love, respect, trust and live with each other in harmony with full understanding,, faith and friendship so that our relationship stands the test of time and lasts forever.

The legal marriage was conducted by one of the leading Registered Marriage Celebrants Dr Naveen Sharma of Brisbane Australia amidst invited family members and friends who later attended the wedding reception at Woka Woka Restaurant.

While at the wedding ceremony the Marriage Celebrant solemnised the marriage vows after the garlanding of Rudraksha Mala and the exchanging of the wedding rings he asked Mrs Urmila Deoki to pray for the newly weds.

Mrs Urmila Deoki recited the initial prayer at the matrimonial Ceremony of Dr Ram Lakhan Prasad and Mrs Ganga Naidu by saying that ‘today is a very important day for Lakhan and Ganga because they are getting married. We all know that sometimes fate brings two people closer together and this blossoms into deep friendship and real relationship that make them soul mates.’

We are here today to share this special day and we thank God for giving us this opportunity to get together. We are privileged to be here because from amidst all the family and friends we are the chosen ones to grace this occasion.

‘’Lakhan and Ganga you both are experienced people in various aspects of life and are familiar with the ups and downs, dos and don’ts and highs and lows and we are confident that with the Lord’s grace and blessing you both will do well and what is best to bring happiness in the journey of your life.’

‘On behalf of all the people present here we wish you happiness, good health, peace and contentment. May God shower the richest blessings and strengthen your love life.

All the best to you, Mr and Mrs Prasad from all of us. God bless.’

The ceremony was witnessed by all the people present but Dr Donna McGrath and Dr Suvenesh Prasad signed on their behalf as official witnesses to the marriage ceremony.

Then after some refreshment and photograph session at home the guests gathered at the restaurant for the wedding reception where Dr Naveen Sharma was the MC who conducted the function with care and control.

Speeches were presented by Dr Donna McGrath for Dr Ram Lakhan Prasad and by Dr Vinita Prasad on behalf of Ganga N Prasad. After the lunch was ordered

Mrs Regina Prasad said the grace and prayed for the happiness and good future of the couple. “I pray for the Lord’s blessing for Ram and Ganga who have got married today.  Lord God, bless us as we meet to celebrate this marriage and grant your richest blessing to the newly weds.  May the blessings of the family members, friends and all of us gathered here be bestowed upon the Ram and Ganga. May they go now in peace as one. Ram and Ganga, may the Lord make your unity last through your life together through all the trials and tribulations that may lie ahead of you.  O Lord, let them go on with their married life in deep love and bind them with your love and blessing. May all our love and blessings go with Ram and Ganga and they enjoy life to the fullest.  God bless you both.”

Dr Ram Lakhan Prasad and Mrs Ganga N Prasad then presented their ‘Thankyou’ speech for everyone after the cake cutting ceremony. The function concluded with dessert distribution and serving of tea and coffee.

MC then thanked everyone and concluded the function.

Attachments:

 

1. INVITATION

This is to cordially invite

XXXX

to witness the

Matrimonial Ceremony

of

 

Ram and Ganga

To be

Solemnized by

Dr Naveen Sharma

  (Registered Marriage Celebrant)

On Saturday

10th June 2017

From 10.30am

At

76 Ghost Gum Street

Bellbowrie.

No Gifts Please

Your

Best Wishes

and Blessings Appreciated

Lunch at Woka Woka

RSVP-32028564 Regrets Only

 

 

 

2. Programme

 

            PROGRAMME           

MATRIMONIAL CEREMONY OF

RAM & GANGA

AT 76 GHOST GUM STREET.

 

10.00 am Guests arrive and enjoy refreshment.

10.30 am Marriage Celebrant Call to Order

                Prayer by Mrs Urmila Deoki

                Marriage solemnized by Registered

                Marriage Celebrant Dr Naveen Sharma

                Photo Session

                Continue Refreshment

11.45 am Leave for Luncheon Reception at

                Woka Woka Restaurant Bellbowrie

                Shopping Centre

12.00      MC Dr Naveen Sharma makes

               Introductory remarks

               Mrs Regina Prasad Blessing

Guests Order their Lunch

Speech by Dr Donna McGrath (For Ram)

Speech by Dr Vinita Suvinesh Prasad (For Ganga)

Cake Cutting – Dessert Distribution

Tea & Coffee

Thanks Dr Ram Lakhan & Mrs Ganga Naidu Prasad

Conclusion by MC - Photo Session  

                             

3. Marriage Vows

 

Ram’s Vow

“I call upon the persons, here present, to witness, that I, Ram Lakhan Prasad, take thee, Gangamma Naidu, to be my lawful wedded wife.

Gangamma, I will be your friend, your spouse, and your companion. I will love you, respect you, and honour you, and always treat you, with consideration.

Gangamma, I give you this ring as a symbol of our relationship, and as a sign of our marriage and the vows we have made today.”

 

Gangamma’s Vow

 “I call upon the persons, here present, to witness, that I, Gangamma Naidu, take thee, Ram Lakhan Prasad, to be my lawful wedded husband. 

 Ram, I will be your friend, your spouse, and your companion. I will love you, respect you, and honour you, and always treat you, with consideration.

 Ram, I give you this ring as a symbol of our relationship, and as a sign of our marriage and the vows we have made today.”

 

4. Significance of Rudraksha Mala

 

Reason Behind A Rudraksha Mala

 

On our Wedding Day 10 June 2017 Ganga and I have chosen to garland each other with a Rudraksha Mala for various reasons and benefits. A Rudraksha Mala is made from seeds of a rare plant found in the Himalayas. Rudraksha is the seed of a particular tree species which usually grows at a certain altitude in the mountains – mainly in the Himalayan region.

 

Unfortunately, most of these trees were used to make railway sleepers, so there are very few of them remaining in India. Today, they are mostly found in Nepal, Burma, Thailand or Indonesia. They are there in some parts of the Western Ghats in South India, but the best quality ones come from a certain altitude in Himalayas because somehow the soil, atmosphere, and everything influences it. These seeds have a very unique vibration.

 

Usually the beads are strung together as a mala or a garland. Traditionally, they believe the number of beads is 108 plus one. The extra bead is the bindu. The mala can be worn all the time. You can even wear it when you shower. If you take cold water baths and are not using any chemical soap, it is especially good for the water to flow over it and upon your body as a cleanser.

Benefits of Wearing Rudraksha

 

For someone who is getting married and is constantly on the move and who eats and sleeps in various places, Rudraksha is a very good support because it creates a cocoon of your own energy. You might have noticed that when you go to a new place, sometimes you can fall asleep easily, whereas in certain other places you cannot fall asleep even if you are physically tired. This is because, if the situation around you is not conducive to your kind of energy, it will not let you settle down. For married couple it acts as a protector in all places and situations to get them out of all sorts of hardship, trouble and worries. 

 

Rudraksha: A shield against negative energies

 

It is also a kind of shield against negative energies. It is possible for the couple to use the positive energies to cause happiness and prosperity to self and family. This is a whole science by itself. One Veda, the Atharvana Veda, is all about how to use positive energies to our advantage and to live happily ever after.

 

A Rudraksha is a kind of shield against all evil and difficulties in family life. Wearing it would keep the couple out of all fear and illusions.  This mala is a kind of protection from all sorts of adverse situations in life. When this mala is placed around your neck by your loved one it strengthens your love and devotion. It is for general wellbeing, health and freedom. It lowers our blood pressure, calms our nerves and brings a certain calmness and alertness in our nervous system. It will help the newly married couple to calm down and be more focused. Above all they will receive and pay the right type of attention to each other.

 

The Rudraksha brings balance between your thoughts and actions. Generally, people believe it will bring them prosperity. Prosperity need not necessarily mean just money. It can come in so many ways. You may not own anything but still you can be prosperous in your life. If you are a balanced person and you function sensibly in your life, prosperity may come. It happens when energies function well.

 

We have chosen to purify our life on our wedding day because we believe that a Rudraksha is a good tool and aid, a little support on the way. We believe that when someone is walking the spiritual, social and economic paths of life as we are doing, they want to use every little support on the way to enhance their living, and it is definitely a very good support. 

We know that we will be richly blessed and supported ever after.      

    

5. Marriage Certificate

   

6 SPEECH OF Dr Donna McGrath

 

WORDS FOR DR RAM LAKHAN PRASAD AT HIS WEDDING RECEPTION.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the very real honour of speaking on behalf of Dr Ram Lakhan Prasad, who I call Pita out of respect for the relationship we have established. As I know Ram has written extensively on philosophy and enjoys poetry and literature generally, I thought I would draw on these areas as the guiding structure for my speech today.

 

Marriage is like a book, our hero, let us call him Ram who has to navigate many trials and tribulations to live a full and satisfying life before he can finally be contented in his twilight years.

 

As a young man, Ram married my very dear friend Saroj and had four lovely children who are his pillars of strength now. He had a full and rewarding career as an educator, administrator, and leader in the community, finishing as Human Resource Director of a large corporation in Fiji. Ram and Saroj had many friends among the educational echelons of Fiji and internationally and that included Ganga and her family.

 

Ram and Saroj moved to Australia when their children were young adults and continued a full and happy life. They were blessed with many grand children.

 

Ram continued to teach in Australia and to share his philosophical views with young offenders. When he retired he found an avenue for his epistemological learning through the online community of social media such as FaceBook. The family impressed their new homeland with their intelligence, sense of family and the community at large.

 

When Saroj became ill Ram experienced the sadness of losing her. Like Wordsworth in ‘Daffodils’ “(He) wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high over vales and hills.” His family and friends were concerned for him because this was a dark period in his life. But then our hero’s journey took a twist.

 

While Ram was struggling with life without his companion, he began to communicate with Ganga as Pen Pal. Like Ram Ganga had started life anew after the loss of her husband and their written companionship gave Ram a new lease on life. Ganga shared his intellectual pursuits and importantly. Had loved and respected Saroj. It was clear she had brought new joy to his life and given him a new reason to smile. As Shakespeare so eloquently says in Twelfth Night, “Love sought is good, but given unsought is better”, and so it was for Ram and Ganga. Out of friendship bloomed love and so we arrive at the end of the story to celebrate their wedding.

 

I began saying that Ram was a philosopher. In a recent FaceBook post, Ram quoted from John Keats’ Ode to a Grecian Urn. He said,    “‘heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter’. These unheard melodies have made me grow older gracefully, pursuing many of my dreams with pleasure as well as pain. However, my heart did not grow old because I did not stop pursuing my dreams.”

 

I think this post perfectly captures the power of the heart to love. Ram’s heart is whole again because he can continue to dream of a future with Ganga. I would like to finish by offering this view of Ram using the words of William Hazlitt, one of the greatest English writers of all time. “To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.”   

 

To

Ram and Ganga.

Loves and Blessing on you both.

Donna

10.06.2017 

 

7. SPEECH OF Dr Vinita Prasad

 

Hello everyone, my name is Vinita and I have the honor of saying a few words on behalf of my aunty Gangamma. Together with my husband Suvenesh, and children Rahni and Pari we are representing aunty’s children Jai and Jaya and their families who could not be present here today.

 

I would like to start by firstly congratulating the happy couple, my aunty and Mr Prasad on their union.

 

This is an especially eventful day because it offers you both a second chance at happiness. What a wonderful day of hope and joy, peace and contentment.

 

I have known aunty since I was a little girl. She has been like a mother for me. Aunty’s daughter Jaya and I have been best friends since we were in primary school, and later at medical school. And even now we go on holidays together with our kids and our husbands and all.

 

I have known aunty as a very smart and dedicated worker in her role as the secretary to the Head of Fiji School of medicine. She was very highly respected by everyone.  Growing up at the school we always found aunty to be very helpful. I have seen her going out of her way to help students. Aunty remains a very strong, intelligent and respectable lady and Mr Prasad you are very lucky to be getting her as your wife and companion.

 

Every time, I see her, even after so many years, aunty looks as young as before. I think she may have a bucket full of youth serum stashed away somewhere, something that I might need to borrow! Aunty has always been a great and loving mother to Jai and Jaya and now she is a proud and loving grandmother of 4 grandkids.

 

Today, although, Jai and Jaya and their families are not here, I have been in touch with them and they have sent their love and well wishes for you. As your children, all we want is for you to be happy in whatever steps you take in your life. As you both have found a companion in each other and begin a new chapter in your lives, I can speak for everyone in this room when I say we all wish you the happiness that you deserve.

 

We are so glad that you have found love again and this day is a reminder that the best is yet to come. Let’s raise our glasses as we make a toast to the happy couple and wish them all the very best for the future: To the happy couple.   

 

8. THANK YOU SPEECH BY Dr Ram Lakhan Prasad and Mrs Ganga N Prasad.

 

Marriage is an institution of four rings. Engagement ring, Wedding ring, Anniversary ring and then Suffering.

 

We have happily exchanged the first two rings with pleasure and are anticipating the exchange of many anniversary rings in our life. However, we are definitely not going to even look at the fourth ring of suffering because we heard this conversation. We became mindful of the consequences of their talk.

Wife: Honey, what will you give me for our 25th anniversary?
Hus: A trip to London?
Wife: Wow, that’s awesome, and for our 50th anniversary?
Hus: Then I will come and pick you up again.

Ladies and Gentlemen My Wife Ganga and I are happy to be in extremely good company today. We thank you all and the God Almighty for all the needed blessings and Good Wishes. You all are special people who have blessed us and our life long relationship and for this loving and generous gesture we thank you most sincerely.

 

Our special sincere appreciation is expressed for Dr Naveen Sharma, MC, my daughter Dr Donna McGrath  and Ganga’s niece Dr Vinita Prasad for their cordial involvement and Mr Barry McGrath and Dr Suvinesh Prasad for being the worthy witnesses to our matrimonial testimony.

 

We believe that the real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It is a choice we have made - not just on our wedding day today, but we have agreed to do so over and over again for the rest of our life. Our choice is reflected in the way we have been treating each other with tlc for sometime.                         

 

 Now we have pledged to conduct our life affairs as husband or wife with new a page and chapter.


My grand mother had once told me that the best marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. Her reasons were very logical for cordial relationship.

 

We are awake and strong enough to lead our new life with care, control and comfort because we know that Marriage, in its truest sense, is a partnership of equals, with neither exercising dominion over the other, but, rather, with each encouraging and assisting the other in whatever responsibilities they have. We believe in freedom, faith and fellowship.

For us Marriage is also an act of compassion that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites our two bodies and binds us to our eventual souls.  A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. We are old and mature enough to lead a meaningful and wholesome life. These would keep Ganga and Ram happy.

 

We both had our prosperous past that would help us build our present and strengthen our future. With your support, love and empathy and with the love and blessings of the Lord we will press on as long as we can.

 

In conclusion let us pass on a few after thoughts.

We are a happy couple because we have fought hard to overcome a few obstacles and interferences and have come out as winners as wife and husband. We are determined to make our relationship and marriage a lot happier and would do a few positive things.

 

  • We will honour and respect the memories of our togetherness.
  • We will forgive, forget and face our mistakes if any.
  • We promise to never give up on each other.

 

We have come to realize what marriage is and what it is not and so we have developed a book page to be distributed to you all as our gift and thank you.

 

Please feel free to use it in any way you would prefer but more so let the younger generation know about these sentiments.

 

We have enjoyed your blessings, best wishes and kind company and we hope that your day has been fruitful as well.

 

Love you all and Take Care.

 

Keep in touch and let your love and friendship make us happy ever after.

 

Ganga and Ram enjoyed your participation.

Here is one final thought from us that should cheer you all.

 

We placed the marriage ring on the fourth finger from the thumb of our left hand because it is the only finger that has a vein which is directly connected to our heart.

 

We believe that marriage certificate is only a piece of paper that does not guarantee us that we will be together forever. It takes love, respect, trust, understanding, faith and friendship in our relationship to make the marriage last. With the blessings of God and good wishes of people like you we will keep going.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Thank You.  By Mrs Ganga N Prasad

Dhanyavaad.

Shukriya. Miga Nandri

Vinaka Vaka Levu. Gratias.

Om Sarve Shaam Swastir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Shantir Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Poornam Bhavatu

Sarveshaam Mangalam Bhavtu

 

This lovely thank you note can barely   express how you have added to our happiness. We would like to send our sincerest thanks for your thoughts, your prayers, your wonderful gifts & your presence in our lives.

 

Our wedding would not have been complete, without the support and love of all our family and friends.

We sincerely thank you for celebrating our joy and for being a part of our lives!

Our wedding day was really special because we were lucky and blessed to be surrounded by our loving family and friends.

 

Your thoughtfulness and your generosity are truly appreciated. Thanks a lot for sharing in the start of our new life together. We just wanted to say THANK YOU for being part of a very special day for us.

 

Thanks for adding to the joyful spirit of our wedding with your presence and gift. With sincere appreciation, we both give this thank you note for your lovely thoughts and your thoughtful wishes. Thank you to our wonderful family and friends for your love, support, and generosity.

Our wedding day was indeed made so much more memorable because of your presence, your blessings and your loving thoughts. You brought joy to our special day, warmth to our lives, and happiness to our hearts. Thank you for your presence, blessings and your thoughtful interactions.

 

With sincere appreciation, love and regards we both give thanks for your support and your thoughtful wishes. We hope you enjoyed the wedding as much as we did.

 

 

10.  MENU FOR LUNCH RECEPTION

AT WOKA WOKA

For Saturday 10 June

 

1. Chicken Vegetable with Steamed Rice

2. Crispy Skin Chicken with Rice

3. Mix Vegetable with Steamed Rice

4. Satay Chicken with Steam Rice

5. Special Fried Rice

6. Mongolian Chicken with Steamed Rice

7. King Po Chilli Chicken with Steam rice

8. Chicken Hokkien Noodle (Hot & Spicy)

9. Vegetable Fried Rice

10. Chicken Fried Rice

 

Soft Drinks and Water

Dessert – The Wedding Cake

Tea & Coffee

 

Conclusion and Good Bye By MC

Photo Session