Our series, Featured Weddings brings you wonderful moments from weddings held at the finest venues across different cities. Here, bride Remina shares details about her wedding with Bhavjit in Surrey, Canada.
Bhavjit is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Remina works in Human Resources. The couple tied the knot on August 13 this year in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
"An important factor for us when deciding our wedding venues was that all our family members and friends should be able to attend the events conveniently. So we chose local venues in Surrey for our week-long wedding celebrations," shares Remina.
"Our wedding planning started in October 2014, so we had two years to plan everything. We had fairly large celebrations since my husband and I are both the eldest in each family to get married. Our wedding and reception had about 950-1000 guests. Surprisingly, we did not hire a wedding planner; instead we turned to my mom. Since she had planned several family weddings in the past, she was an expert when it came to meeting with vendors and executing ideas," recounts the bride, adding, "When selecting wedding vendors it was pretty simple because we had followed most of those vendors work through social media and knew whose work we really preferred."
"We had a Punjabi wedding. Our actual wedding celebrations started on August 7th and ended on August 16th. Every day, both sides of the family hosted several events at home and in banquet halls which included the mehendi, sangeet, 'jao maiyya', 'chuda' ceremony, pre-party, wedding ceremony and dinner parties over the next two days hosted by my parents and grandparents," shares Remina.
Remina and Bhavjit got engaged on July last year in Victoria which is Bhavjit's hometown. This event had a garden theme and was vibrant with bright pops of color.
The pre-party hosted by Remina's family had a theme incorporating the rich hues of green, gold and pink. Marigold blooms were tied on Remina and her sisters' outfits for a unique touch. Remina's outfit was inspired by Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and was stitched by her personal tailor in India.
The couple wanted to emulate a modern-day Maharaja and Maharani look with their ensembles and accessories at their wedding. Remina wore a fawn lehenga with beautiful gold and white threadwork. This was a refreshing departure from the traditional red and pinks of wedding attire. "My wedding lehenga was inspired by different Pakistani designers, and was created by Frontier Raas in New Delhi." With floral motifs down the sleeves, lace patches bordering the net dupatta and beaded blouse, the lehenga incorporated various design elements. Even her jewelery was perfectly matched with fawn, gold and white items adorning Remina's hands, fingers, and arms. Her delicate round 'nath' added to the overall grace and elegance of her look. Bhavjit's sherwani was a blend of green and gold, from the light green and gold work on the coat to the dark emerald velvet stole with paisley motifs and a broad gold border. His light brown 'safa'/ turban was resplendent with pearl strands and a top crest with a feather. With a magnificent necklace with multiple strands of precious stones, he looked every inch a majestic prince straight out of the pages of a vintage royal magazine. Bhavjit's wedding ensemble was custom-designed in New Delhi.
Remina's jewelry was purchased from Frontier Raas South Extension in New Delhi, and Bhavjit's bling was from Nilkamal Gold Jewelers in Ludhiana, Punjab.
The reception was a more formal event with the decor in primarily black and white themes. Remina wore a Rami Kadi-inspired burgundy gown. Interestingly, her brother designed all the details such as fabric selection, beading, and styling. The gown was then created by Wellgroomed Inc. and at our reception; we went for a more glamorous, formal event with the décor being mainly black and white. Bhavjit wore a black-and-white Tom Ford suit by Harry Rosen which was purchased from Vancouver.
Bridal Trousseau: Frontier, New Delhi. Wellgroomed Inc, Canada
Groom's Trousseau: Tom Ford (pre-party and reception)
Jewelry: Nilkamal Jewelers, New Delhi (groom), Frontier Raas South Extension, New Delhi (bride)
Makeup Artist: Pink Orchid Studios, Pristine Allure Studios (Kiran Atwal), Canada
Wedding Cake: Raveena Oberoi, owner of JustCakesBC
Florist: South-Van Market
Transportation: Royalty Chauffeurs
Entertainment (DJ & Performances): Aftershock Roadshow (Reception), A-Borg, X-Fusion Roadshow (Pre-Party)
Wedding Brass Band & 'Jago' singers: Surya Studios
Horse: Baraat Wedding Horses
Turban: Turban Tying Surrey
Tents: D&H Tent House
Catering: Dhaliwal Banquet
Videography: Studio 101 Productions
Photos Courtesy: Deo Studios