Gurjeet and Jamie, Ontario
From the colorful themes of the décor to a stunning old church – read all about the interesting elements that went into Gurjeet and Jamie’s wedding in Toronto, Ontario.
They met during their post-grad program and fell in love. Here, bride Gurjeet shares how she and Jamie planned an elegant wedding with functions spread across venues like her family home and a stunning old church.
How We Met
“Jamie and I hit it off right away. We remained friends during school but started dating after we graduated. After about 5 years, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Master’s degree and we were then in a long-distance relationship for 4 years. Our love blossomed in those 4 years despite the distance!”
“We started talking marriage towards the end of my time in LA and he proposed as soon as I got back to Toronto. I was expecting it but I thought it would be in the New Year, so I was pretty surprised. Jamie planned a date around Toronto and took me to the steps of his old apartment. He told me to look for a surprise through the window, when I turned around he was on one knee! The steps were where we first kissed!”
“We actually planned the wedding ourselves which in hindsight was a bit ambitious. Our photographer Christine Lim is a good friend and we’d always wanted her to document our wedding, so that was a no-brainer. We worked with a local artist who created a custom painting of a bride and groom on an elephant and we had that image printed on our invites. We’re really happy with the final result. Our decor and florals were by Manti at Hidden Treasure Decor in Brampton and she was really great to work with.”
“My sangeet was two days before the ceremony and we had a blast. Both, Jamie and I wanted our events to be fun for our guests above everything else and this started with the sangeet. My cousins and sisters choreographed a ‘Giddha’ routine and surprised me with it and we danced into the early morning.”
“For the ceremony, we were celebrating outdoors and really wanted to incorporate the existing greenery into the decor. We decided to keep everything fresh and light with white flowers while the deep garden really added to the ‘forest’ feel. The color theme for the decor worked really well as a contrast to all the bright colors worn by our guests and of course my bright red lehenga by Sabyasachi Mukherjee was the highlight. The bridesmaids wore a combination of gold and ivory to complement the gold that Jamie and I wore as well as the decor. The ambience during the ceremony is one of those details I’ll never forget. So serene and peaceful, it allowed our guests and us to focus on the true meaning behind the ceremony.”
“Our reception venue was an old church which has been converted into an event space. It was the perfect visual representation of the blending of our two cultures.”
Adding a touch of quirk to the traditional outfits were the white sneakers worn by the couple. The bride looked gorgeous in a beautiful lehenga by Custom Frontier Heritage and the groom looked classy in a formal tuxedo.
Advice for Couples
“Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Your friends and family will be more than willing to take on tasks. Enjoy your engagement period, you will look back on it fondly.”
The Wedding Makers
Décor: Manti at Hidden Treasure Decor
Bride’s Outfits: Mani Jassal lehenga (Sangeet), Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding), Custom Frontier Heritage (Reception)
Groom’s Outfits: Custom Sherwani (Wedding), Formal Tuxedo (Reception)
MakeUp artist – Sonam Dudeja
Photography: Christine Lim Photography