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It is rightly said that a wedding not only unites the two souls taking the wedding vows, but also their respective families. However, this time it was the union of two nations that happened through this beautiful royal Rajput wedding on February 19, 2015. It was the wedding of Padmini Singh Rathore, from Jaipur, India, with Kunwar Karni Singh Sodha, from Umerkot, Pakistan.
So, as this beautiful wedding tied the two families from the other sides of the border in the bond of love, let us give you a peek into this royal affair.

The matchmaking
Being a cross-border wedding, you might have thought it to be a love marriage. But, it was an absolutely arranged affair that was fixed last year in June, when the couple exchanged rings in Jaipur after meeting each other at a relative's place.

Images Courtesy: Times Of India Blog
Following this, the tikka ceremony took place in Pakistan in December, last year. It is believed that this is the first time after partition, that the tikka ceremony took place in Pakistan. And that made this wedding all the more special.

Image Courtesy: Times Of India Blog
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As the customs do not allow them to marry within their own family, the suitable matches are hence found from India. And, that is how even this match was fixed!
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Meet the couple
The gorgeous bride, Padmini Singh Rathore, hails from the royal Kanota family of Jaipur district. Her father, Man Singh, owns the famous heritage hotels, Narain Niwas Palace and Castle Kanota. She is an alumnus of Maharani Gayatri Devi School, Jaipur and St Bedes College, Shimla, and specialises in graphic designing.

Image Courtesy: Times Of India Blog
The groom, Kunwar Karni Singh Sodha, belongs to the leading political and royal family of Umerkot district of Sindh, Pakistan. He graduated from Karachi and earned a degree in law from the University of London. His family owns the Umerkot Fort, which is famous for being the birthplace of the Mughal Emperor, Akbar, as the then Sodha ruler of Umerkot gave refuge to Humayun and his wife, after he was defeated by Sher Shah Suri. Karni Singh's father, Rana Hamir Singh, is a renowned politician in Pakistan.

Image Courtesy: Indian Rajputs
The royal cross-border wedding
The baraat arrived from the other side of the border along with over 100 people. They were welcomed in a truly royal and grand style and were served a large variety of Rajasthani and Mughlai cuisines. The couple took the wedding vows at the royal Narain Niwas Palace.

Image Courtesy: India Today
The bride, Padmini, said to a leading daily, "It is an arranged marriage and a girl takes time to acquaint herself with her in-laws and husband. I will settle with my husband at Umerkot in Pakistan after I get the visa.'' As per the reports, the groom's family will stay in Jaipur till Holi.


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