Trisha and Barinder's Festive Color Sikh Wedding
Tell us about the wedding!
Two different religions, similar cultures, same beliefs in life. My husband is Punjabi - Sikh and I'm Bengali - Buddhist. We had our Sikh wedding at the Ramgarhia Gurdhwara in North York. It was in a quiet neighbourhood, which was perfect for the Baarath (Groom's side) to come with the Dholi. With strict rules in the Gurdhwara, decor was kept to a minimum. It was great seeing how everyone was very accepting of the different culture by having their heads covered and listening respectfully as the ceremony took place.
Later in the afternoon, we had the Buddhist wedding held outdoors on temple grounds in Caledon East, at Wat Lao Veluwanaram of Ontario. Here we chose to do a gold round mandap with minimal fabric as we wanted the back to be open to the big pond behind us. We were surrounded by beautiful greenery. We chose shades of purple as both our outfits had a little purple and added white flowers to the top of the mandap. There was an aisle way set up for the groom's and bride's separate entrances.
For the Sikh wedding, my inspiration was to keep it very bright and colourful. Although I was not allowed to have any décor in the Gurdhwara, I tried keeping it vibrant & cheerful with our attire. My lengha was purple top, pink skirt with green peacock design and orange dupatta. This had then become my colour palette.
For jewelry, I wore a gold set with emerald coloured stone from Xpressions Jewelry. This set included the neck piece with a long beaded haar (necklace), earrings, tikka and pasa, which all brough my outfit together. I also had red and gold bangles on (churra), which my uncles put on me the night before as part of the Haldi (turmeric) ceremony.
My husband wore an ivory sherwani with pearl embroidery, and a pink turban. I also made Indian suits for my bridesmaids, which consisted of ivory top, bright green pants and dupatta. My matron-of-honour, who is my sister, wore a bright orange suit. The entire groom’s side of the family wore pink rumal (handkerchief) to cover their heads and bride’s side wore green rumals.
Catch part II of their wedding here!
Photographer: G+H Photography // Henna: Sonia's Henna Art // Cinematography : Republic Film Studio // Make-up: Xpressions Studio // Bride’s Sikh Wedding Jewelry: Xpressions Jewelry // Wedding Decor & Reception Stage Décor: Diya Décor // Wedding & Reception Tables & Entrance Décor: The Perfect Setting // Home Décor: Fuchsia Décor // Floor Wrap & Media Wall: Designer Dance Floors // Tents & Servers for Buddhist Wedding: Empire Events // Catering for Buddhist Wedding: Cuisine of India // DJ: DJ K-Square // Event Planing: The Colour Red // Invitations & Sweets Boxes: Voguish Wedding InvitationsMore photos