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Across the World for an Ambrosian Wedding

Nipuna Panditha and Ria Subrahmanyam at Sacred Heart School, Bahrain

March 2012

We like to think the bonds formed at SAU are strong enough to carry us halfway across the world. For nearly 20 alumni, and current and former staff, the Ambrosian spirit did just that shortly after the New Year.

The Ambrose group trekked to the tiny Middle Eastern island of Bahrain to witness the four-day traditional Indian wedding of Ria Subrahmanyam to her high school sweetheart, Nipuna Panditha (pictured above at Sacred Heart School in Bahrain).

By day, the group toured the island. Evenings were marked with authentic food and dancing. Each night represented a distinct aspect of the bride's heritage, including a henna night, Arabian night (in tents in the Bahraini desert), Indian night, and a traditional Western wedding ceremony and reception. The Ambrosians had the chance to experience an entirely new culture, which was enhanced by the authentic clothing each wore and took home.

"Being across the world was the trip of a lifetime, but getting to experience everything with other Ambrosians made it seem surreal," said Heather Behrens '10. "It's nice to know that no matter where in the world you meet, other Ambrosians can make it feel like home."

Matt Hansen, St. Ambrose director of residence life, made the trip with his wife, Jayme, and their two children. Also in Bahrain were Ambrosians Erin Craghead MOL '10, Steph DeLacy '09, Alan Hartley MEA '11, Diane Hennan '09, Seth Kaltwasser '09, Mike Lindsey, Grant Legan '10, Megan Steahr '09 and Heather Venema '06, MOL '08, and current student Mary Schechinger.

–Heather Venema


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