We're heading north of the border for today's final Filmy Friday video, with a look at this sensational Sikh event captured by JF Squared Films in Ontario, Canada. You'll just adore the bride, Rikhia, and her beaming, bright smile. She goes from a red and gold bridal lengha at her ceremony, to a luxurious velvet, navy and orange party ensemble for her reception. The groom, Harpreet, makes one fashionable handsome partner for our Princess in his burgundy sherwani and equally dapper black tux. The happy couple's big day was coordinated by S Jay, and it featured some fantastic floral and decor elements from the folks at Luxury Event Decor. We loved the black and navy color scheme at the post-ceremony soireé, so very dramatic and chic! Check it all out for yourselves!
The bride, on how she met the Raja of her dreams:
"I met my husband at a volunteering event! We both came to the mixer, expecting it to be a boring thing and ended up meeting each other. Since then, we had a whirlwind of romance, filled with love laughter and our families meeting each other. My grandmother and I are very close – and one day Harpreet and I took her out for dinner in downtown at Salad King. Let me begin by saying I LOVE spicy food. I could eat all the spicy food in the world and still feel like it wasn’t enough. My grandma and I share the mutual feeling. Harpreet on the other hand, is the exact opposite. He cannot bear to eat spicy food. So, back to this Salad King- here, you have the option of choosing how spicy you want your food to be, on a scale of to 1 to 10. Me being me, I got the 10, my grandma got the 8, and Harpreet got the 2. So, our food comes, and Harpreet starts eating it – and then it started. My grandma could not handle the heat, she started sweating bullets and drinking water as if we were in a dessert! At first, we were all laughing; but a few seconds later, Harpreet, seeing my grandmother like that, switched out his food with my grandmothers. What happened next was something to see (and yes, a few trips to the washroom were involved), but that was the moment I knew that Harpreet was the one. I knew that I wanted to marry this man right that moment as he was the most selfless, caring and loving individual I had ever met."
On her Raja's romantic proposal:
"Harpreet & I would meet each other frequently during the week, in downtown, when we finished work. One day, he randomly suggested that we go to the Panorama 180 for dinner. I had never been there, and always wanted to go. So we ended up going, and as soon as we walked in, the waitress took us to a private booth in a separate corner! I thought that was weird, and even asked to change our seat. She suggested that this was a good view, and that we stay there. So, we did. After our meal, Harpreet insisted that we get dessert. Me, being not so much of a dessert person, said that it’s okay and we can skip it. However, he kept insisting so I gave in and we ordered a chocolate cake! Few minutes later, Harpreet got down on his knee and asked me to spend the rest of our lives together as husband and wife. Out came the cake, with the words that said “Will you marry me” with the most perfect ring atop the chocolate cake. I said yes, as the staff members walked out with flowers, champagne and wished us Congratulations. We walked out to the balcony, and took in the view of the City from the 55th floor with my new and shiny ring!"
On her wedding style:
"Our wedding was a wedding in the works! I had changed my themes/ideas about 20 times before finally settling on one theme – Royal! We had a mixed culture and religion wedding, so we knew that we had to incorporate both styles into our wedding. We had a royal wedding at the Gurdwara, decorated with flowers, and all the glitz and glam that come with Punjabi weddings. For the evening, we had a Bengali wedding, and I knew that I wanted sheer white linens, all white décor with crystal centerpieces so that the colours of our outfits and the Bengali culture stood out. I have to say that the white décor with the mood lighting against the cherry red burning fire, the green betel leaves, and the blood red sindoor really made that night a night to remember. For the reception, I had changed my mind a thousand times. At the back of my mind however, I always knew that I wanted black and gold. I finally settled on those colors, even though they might have been considered taboo, and boy, was I glad I did! The result was absolutely jaw-dropping. Black velvet linens, textured white flowers, golden embossing, gold accents with crystals and a crystal cake table really brought my whole Black and gold theme to life!"
On what she enjoyed most about planning her dream wedding:
"What I enjoyed most about the process was how absolutely imaginative and creative I could be and express our love through the planning of my dream Indian wedding. I did so many DIY projects, – details like creating my own glittered, textured hanger to carry my wedding lehenga, designing all my weddings outfits myself, and my bridesmaids outfits that I realized I had learnt so much throughout this whole process. I did not have a wedding planner; I did have a wedding day coordinator, and I think being able to plan out all the details in alignment with what I had wanted, with my design and at my budget was absolutely a lot of hard work and well worth it!"
On selecing her wedding lenghas:
"I had many many outfits for my wedding, and all with the exception of one was designed by me! I spend hours on the Internet, and finally settled on a traditional red lehenga for my morning wedding, my mother-in-law’s own wedding saree for the Bengali wedding, and a burnt orange and Royal Blue velvet lehenga for my reception. I am so happy with the outfits I designed, as I really wanted pieces that I could wear more than once at my wedding; and that’s exactly how they came out! The pieces are so timeless and can be paired with a simpler top or dupatta (that I got made separately) to be worn over and over again!"
On her most memorable wedding moment:
"I think the one moment that stands out as the most magical to me was when my husband put the sindoor on my maang at the Bengali wedding. Growing up in a Bengali household, I had always envisioned it in my head, and to have that day come was absolutely surreal. That moment is one that is etched in my heart forever – that was the moment I moved from feeling like a bride, to feeling like a wife."
On her hair and makeup:
"I had such a perfect vision of how I wanted to look on all of events. Thank to Rav B Beauty concepts who brought all of that vision out for me to real life! For my Saagan/Sangeet, I incorporated a braid with white flowers, golden and purple eyes and nude lips. I matched my royal blue outfit with a pearl set as I love pearls and they really synced well with the white flowers. For my Punjabi wedding, I knew that I had to have fresh jasmine flowers, a high bun, lots of pearls and a golden, fresh clean look to complement my red lehenga, I chose not to do the traditional red lip, and I instead, opted for a peachy pink lip! For the Bengali wedding, I knew that I wanted to look like the typical Bengali bridge – I had a big red bindi, maroon ombred lips, golden and black eyes, a typical Bengali bun, and to complement the look, a white Mukut on my bun. For my reception, I wanted to bring out the smokey eyes! I got a dark sultry eye, with nude lips, left my hair curled and completely open and opted for very little jewellery, and lots of sindoor! I was absolutely stunned by all of the looks put together!"
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