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“A series of fortunate events” is the best way to describe the happy chances brought Punit and Gurmakh together and helped further their love along the way. Here, the bride Punit tells us about their wedding.

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

How We Met
“It was the summer of 2008. I’d just completed by first year at University and was catching up with old friends. The only social media then was MSN Messenger and a childhood pal messages and we were trading notes on life after high school. I mentioned considering a career in healthcare, maybe as a pharmacist and he told me he’d put me in touch with one of his friends who’d just got into the University of Toronto Pharmacy School. I agreed. I thought it’d be nice to know someone who’d been through the entire process but that guy wasn’t online at the time.

As he was telling me this, another friend popped up ‘online’ on his monitor and well, it was fate. Life changes in seconds! If he hadn’t signed in online at that precise moment, I may never have met Gurmakh, my husband. We started talking about the pharmacy application process and moved seamlessly into chatting about our personal hobbies and interests. Everything fell into place.”

Proposal
“My best friend had just started a new job which involved travelling around Ontario. One day, she messaged our WhatsApp group telling us of a trip she was taking to Ottawa. She said she didn’t want to go alone and invited the whole gang. But I’d just started a new job and was crushed that I’d miss the chance to hang with my besties. I had no idea my friends then went and told Gurmakh.

Serendipitously, a couple of weeks later, my supervisor came up to me at work to discuss scheduling with me and mentioned the weekend my friends were going to Ottawa. He dais we were fully staffed and I could take the weekend off. Too good to be true? Well you guessed that right! My husband had made an appointment with the supervisor to request some time off for me and keep it a secret!

We drove to Ottawa and I was in for the surprise of my life. We were getting ready to go explore the city and decided on a boat cruise. As we walked onto the pier towards the boat, I saw a familiar face standing at the other end with a bouquet of red roses. The proposal was perfect and he’d had an army to help him!!!”

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Wedding Venue
“My family is pretty religious, so growing up I learned how to read and write Punjabi at the Malton Gurdwara and visited once a week. So when I was ready to get married, it had to be at the Malton Gurdwara. More serendipity! The gurdwara had recently been renovated and it looked even more fantastic at the wedding!”

Wedding Functions

Bridal Shower
"I am a spring baby, so it makes sense why I love greenery and flowers! For my bridal shower, I wanted lots of flowers and greenery and that is why we decided on the floral and enchanted garden theme." The two tier cake with the cascade of flowers tied in perfectly with the rest of the floral theme. Punit wore a gorgeous white ensemble paired with a beautiful white fascinator and Gurmakh looked dapper in a grey suit.

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Sangeet
“We had a Moroccan-themed sangeet. Our guests were treated to sumptuous food, cocktails and dance performances. I chose a beautiful ivory silk lehenga with a light mint green embroidery that let me enjoy the function with both comfort and grace. Gurmakh looked classy in a tuxedo and kept it simple yet stylish.”

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Mehndi
“A few of my closest friends and family just hung out. It was very relaxed and we had mehndi applied, ate some delicious food and just didn’t stop chatting.”

Wedding
“We wanted a traditional wedding at the Gurudwara with only close family and relatives in attendance. The decor for this event was kept simple. The wedding was understated and sophisticated. I wore a beautiful red lehenga by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, flown in from India. I accessorized with a bright red dupatta and stunning gold jewelry. My makeup artist made sure that my look was subtle and chic, with an emphasis on my eyes. Gurmakh looked like a maharaja in a beige and red sherwani also from Sabyasachi Mukherjee which beautifully complemented my lehenga.”

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Reception
“The décor at my reception was meant to conjure a modern day fairytale. I wore all white by Manish Malhotra and it was both elegant and super comfortable. Gurmakh complemented me perfectly in his dapper grey suit from Burberry.”

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Punit and Gurmakh, Ontario

Advice for Couples
“Get ready for an emotional rollercoaster, not least because of all the advice and opinions you will receive. Listen to everyone’s suggestions but do only what makes you happy! Your wedding day is really like no other and your closest friends and family will put their lives on hold, some will travel across the world just to be with you. Make the most of every moment and you won’t regret a thing!”

The Wedding Makers
Venue: Malton Gurdwara (Wedding), Versailles Convention Centre (Reception)
Decor: Lux Events Studio (Sangeet), Have a Seat (Reception)
Floral: Fiorissimi Floral Design
Brides Outfit: Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding), Manish Malhotra (Reception)
Grooms Outfit: Sabyasachi Mukherjee (Wedding), Hugo Boss & Burberry (Reception)
Makeup/hair- Beautybybu- Bushra Kakar
Mehndi: Mochahenna
Cinematography: Cineverse- Sunny Tamber
Photos Courtesy - Ialamphoto (Sangeet, Wedding and Reception ) and Eiphotography (Bridal Shower)

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