Indian weddings are usually always bigger and better than what you can possibly imagine, and this event was no different. With the bride being of Sikh descent and the groom being Hindu, there was not one but two wedding ceremonies held on this day – an all day affair that was lively, energetic, and a true pleasure to be a part of.
The day began with a Sikh wedding ceremony held at the Akali Singh Temple in Vancouver, followed in the evening by a Hindu ceremony at the Laxmi Narayan Mandir in Surrey. Planning two separate ceremonies on the same day should have been a logistical nightmare, but the entire day came together effortlessly, and each ceremony was truly magical.
What I love about Indian weddings is that they don’t just last for a single day – they involve week-long festivities which bring together the two families, including Mehndi Night and, of course, all the traditional games and tricks that are played, especially on the groom. Hiding the groom’s shoes in exchange for a monetary ‘donation’ is one of my favourites!
In keeping with the high energy and vibrancy of the day, the bride wore a stunning hot pink lengha (bridal dress) which really made her stand out, while the groom was dressed in a soft gold colour – a sacred colour in Hindu culture. The groom looked extremely handsome, and his bride was absolutely gorgeous – they really did look spectacular!
The mandap (ceremony site) for the Hindu ceremony was created with sheer white fabric and hot pink lighting which complemented the bridal lengha perfectly. For brides and grooms who want a splash of colour to brighten up their weddings, lighting is a wonderful option. It’s so simple to set up, and yet creates an amazing ambiance and atmosphere, setting the tone for the entire day.
This hot pink colour theme was also incorporated into the design of the mandap, the flowers, the dining area, and the wedding programs, with just a hint of gold which matched the groom’s outfit. The wedding programs actually came all the way from India, written in English to help the bride & groom’s friends and family follow along.
Following the two wedding ceremonies, there were more festivities to be enjoyed at both the bride and groom’s respective homes, but it didn’t end there! The following night, the bride and groom were back to host their wedding reception and a chance to really let loose after the formalities of the day before.
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