Mani and Hark, Canada
For her intimate backyard wedding, the bride designed a dazzling array of outfits for herself and her bridesmaids.
Trading their original grand wedding plans for an intimate celebration, Mani and Hark pledged eternal love in an enchanting backyard wedding. The quaint, yet unforgettable festivities saw rustic chic décor and beguiling outfits that made for tons of Insta-worthy moments.
How they met
The bride shares, “We crossed paths in high school and were good friends. Even though we always stayed in touch through our university/college years, it wasn’t until after I moved back to Brampton that Hark and I started hanging out more often. Eventually, our enduring friendship evolved into love, and we dated for 5 years before we tied the knot.”
The couple hosted their festivities in the groom’s own backyard, amidst the beautiful meadow spaces and lush trees. Chic events, who had also planned their engagement, designed the intimate festivities, while Opulent Event Designs executed the décor to enhance the natural beauty of the space with beautiful flowers by Bloomin Brides. Amrita Singh Photo captured their tender moments.
The Canadian bridal couture designer sought inspiration from her childhood and family, her roots in India, her signature pieces and a lot more to create magnificent outfits for herself and her bridesmaids.
After a few home functions, the wedding festivities officially started with the Mehndi. Hosted in the bride’s parent’s backyard, the bride and her sister created the décor themselves with items they own, along with some hanging flowers, cushions, and pom-pom dream catchers by Opulent Event Designs. Inspired by one of her favorite childhood lehengas that was made for her by her aunt, she designed a striped fuchsia, navy and gold blouse teamed with a fuchsia lehenga that had ghungroo detailing.
Maiiyan and Chooda ceremony
The bride shares, “For the Maiiyan and Chooda ceremony, we incorporated the same pampas grass decor from the previous day with some charming boho rugs to give the backyard a rustic vibe. For my Maiiyan, I wore a pure yellow silk sari with a hand woven banarsi border, layered with many accessories for a royal feel, like Aishwarya Rai in Jodha Akbar. All my bridesmaids wore varying shades of yellow as well”.
The Chooda ceremony is a family function performed by the bride’s maternal side, who, being in India, could unfortunately not attend. The bride honored them by wearing her aunt’s wedding suit for the occasion. Considering it was purchased by her now deceased grandfather, it was a lovely way to include his spirit on the special day.
The bride shares, “The Decor for the Anand Karaj was a dream come true for me. Opulent Event Designs and Bloomen Brides worked together to create an unbelievably beautiful set up in our own backyard.” The chrome mirrored aisle lined with pink flowers in an ombre arrangement led to the blooming ‘palki sahib’. Pristine white mattresses, cushions and white umbrellas were set up for the guests to sit comfortably, while consciously maintaining social distance. The bride wore the signature hierarchical lehenga of her label in a bridal red with statement polki jewelry and traditional red and gold chooda. The groom stunned in an intricately embroidered sherwani in sage green from The New Delhi Company paired with a red turban and accessories to complement the bride’s jewelry and outfit.
The boho yet elegant Civil Ceremony saw minimal décor against a stunning backdrop of lush trees and the rolling meadows. Soft florals lined the aisle leading up to a breathtakingly beautiful hoop altar of peach blooms and pampas grass. Wearing a Giorgio Armani suit, the groom looked dapper, while the bride wore a show-stopping mermaid-cut white lace gown with a nude underlay. The bridal party guests dressed in white and black. The bride walked in to the song ‘But I Can’t Help Falling In Love’, inspired by the wedding scene from Crazy Rich Asians, before exchanging vows with the love of her life.
Advice for couples
“Remember, the day is about you. No matter how big or small your celebration is, you can do whatever you want. Also, enjoy and savor the planning process”.
The Wedding Makers
Wedding Planners: Chic Events
Décor: Opulent Event Designs
Florals: Bloomen Brides
Flooring: Designer Dance Floors
Groom’s Outfits: The New Delhi Company (Anand Karaj), Giorgio Armani (Civil Ceremony)
Bride’s Outfits: Mani Jassal
Outfit Draping: Bella Flair – Jyoti Bains
Jewellery: Minerali Store (Mehendi and Maiiyan), Raabta by Rahul (Maiiyan), Haati Chai Jewelry (Civil Ceremony)
Accessories: Red Dot Jewels (Mehendi), Free Rani (Maiiyan, Anand Karaj)
Bride’s Shoes: Loeffler Randall (Civil Ceremony)
Makeup: Yasmine Makeup
Hair: Bridal Hair Couture by Katie
Henna: Henna by Neda K
Photography: Amrita Singh Photo