Suman and Sunny’s chic and sultry South Asian wedding weekend was one for the books. Coming all the way from Ontario, Canada, the festivities were brimming with glittering color, music, and fashion. The day began with Suman partaking in a major glam session with Reet Khara. This exceptional hair and makeup artist flawlessly beautifies brides, and we are swooning over Suman’s stunning wedding look. For her ceremony, the bride resembled a Bollywood bombshell in scarlet lips, doe eyes, and shimmering cheeks. Suman selected a decadent lipstick red lehenga, with a dramatic dupatta and a billowing skirt that made her picture perfect for her bridal portraits with Dave Abreu Photography. We especially adore the photographs of Suman surrounded by her adorable bridesmaids all decked out in shades of hot pink. Suman grasped a vibrant bouquet of matching pink blooms, and looked thrilled to be beginning her happily ever after with her dapper beau Sunny. The gorgeous duo had a blissful Sikh ceremony at the Baba Budha Ji Gurdwara, and we can’t get enough of these serene photographs. Kudos to the floral and decor team from Diamond Decor and the amazing event planners from N.trin.zik Event Consulting & Coordination for pulling off such a perfect event. All the memories have been captured by Dave Abreu Photography for your perusal in the full gallery. Hurry back for Suman and Sunny’s beautiful Hindu ceremony. And make sure to scroll below for our exclusive Q&A with Maharani Suman.
How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was "the one"?
Sunny and I met on a warm, beautiful September evening a few years ago. I had just written an important exam and my friends arranged a party in my hometown, Stoney Creek, ON, to celebrate. At the same time, Sunny's cousin was dating a girl from my hometown and wanted Sunny to meet her by going to a party in Stoney Creek. It turned out that Sunny's cousin was dating one of my friends and because of those two, on a night I didn't anticipate meeting him, I met my future husband.
Fast forward to a few months later, we began to see a lot more of each other during the wedding festivities for Sunny's cousin and my friend. After some great conversations, genuine laughter, shared interest for adventure, eclectic music, and Old Fashioneds, I knew he was the one.
Share the scoop on your Proposal Story!
Sunny proposed to me at the top of CN Tower in the 360 Restaurant. I really hadn't suspected he was going to propose until just a few days before. Despite a few fumbles such as being stopped at the metal detectors due to the ring and the security staff trying so hard to save the surprise, the hush-hush conversations he and the staff shared, Sunny still managed to surprise me. He had arranged a private wine cellar tour at the restaurant for us. When we walked into the cozy, inviting cellar, a band was waiting for us and they started to play "our song" - Rather be by Clean Bandit. Sunny turned me around, got down on one knee, had the biggest smile on his face, and asked me to marry him! I never thought I'd cry but I couldn't help it. It was all so sweet, romantic, and thoughtful.
Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details.
We hired a wedding planner who helped us ensure we were aligned with our projected timeframes and reminded us of the bigger picture.
Venues: All of our venues (Halls for the Sangeet - Caterina's Palace, Hindu ceremony - The Grand Olympia, Reception - Versailles C. C., and the Gurdwara - Baba Budha Ji Gurdwara) were very accommodating and delivered more than was promised to ensure Sunny and I were really happy with the results.
Hair & Makeup: For my sangeet, Elegance Hair & Skin Care had dolled me up. I absolutely loved my look for this party. The communication was easy. I expressed my concerns of wanting simple and classy makeup, they listened, and went the extra mile to ensure I loved it. They did a great job with my hair also.
For the ceremony and reception, Reet Khara had gotten me ready. What I liked most about her is how warm and friendly she is, the care and time she puts into her work, and the high quality products she uses. I had done a trial hair/makeup session with her for my ceremony look. I'm very glad I did as it allowed Reet and I to get comfortable and gain an understanding of each other's style and needs.
Outfits: My sangeet outfit was a very last minute choice as my original outfit didn't turn out how I anticipated. Kaysaria - A Luxury Wardrobe came to the rescue. Harinder was extremely friendly, helpful, and caring. She spent several hours with me to help find an outfit I was truly happy to wear. I felt beautiful in the lengha I wore.
For the ceremony, I went with New Delhi Co. I love the dress I wore. The colour was exactly what I wanted. The velvety fabric was soft but light for my summer wedding. The embroidery was beautiful and intricate. I was very satisfied with the customer service and end product they delivered.
My reception outfit was from Well Groomed in Brampton, ON. I loved the Swarovski crystals all over my lengha and how it shimmered every time light hit the crystals. I felt like a princess all night long. Communication was not the easiest and definitely caused a bit of stress but I loved the end product and the workmanship that went into the piece.
Decor: We worked with Charanjit from Diamond Decor for the sangeet, the ceremonies, reception and our homes. Several friends of Sunny worked with Diamond for their wedding decor and after meeting Charanjit a couple of times, our decision to hire Diamond was very easy. We appreciated his honesty, patience, and thoughtfulness. He worked hard to ensure he understood our exact vision for our events and delivered exactly what he promised. For the Hindu ceremony, Sunny and I weren't able to get the outdoor space we had envisioned but Diamond helped us bring the outdoors inside. He went out of his way to create this look for us with all the beautiful greenery and flowers.
How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind?
I was very indecisive. I wasn't the type of bride that knew what I wanted. All I knew was that I wanted to wear traditional red. I was leaning towards simple, inornate styles but they were hard to find. We shopped around a lot and I started to like some of the glamour and appeal of the heavy, elaborate styles being displayed. I changed my mind and decided I wanted a 'balanced' dress with beautiful, intricate embroidery done in an elegant way. The dress that kept coming to mind was the first, beautiful dress I had tried on but I was still hesitant. That is until Sunny went with me, had me try it on again, and told me how my face lit up while I had that dress on. Hearing that was all l I needed to make my decision and I have no regrets!
What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding?
Our reception! They are still raving about how much fun they had dancing, eating all the delicious late-night foods, and sipping on Old Fashioned cocktails - our signature drink.
Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind?
During our sangeet, Sunny surprised me with a dance performance that still replays in mind time and again and puts a smile on my face. Along with his cousins, he had danced and lip-synced to Backstreet Boys' song called "I Want it That Way". It was awesome! He was so into it and I loved it!
For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details.
Sangeet: We had a joint sangeet and loved every moment of it. Our vision for the sangeet was to create a big, musical fun party rather than a mini pre-reception. Our decor was inspired by the colourful streets of Punjab. We had bright and bold colours throughout the hall, plush cushions for seating and decor surrounding the dance floor, string lights along the sides of the dance floor, carts set up as food stations with fresh gol gappes and jalebi being made in front of you. We had interactive games and prizes, professional bhangra, singing, and dances where our family and friends came together to perform for us. Sunny and I had even prepared dances for each other - somehow we managed to keep our practices a secret from one another and were genuinely surprised by the other's performance. It was truly a night filled with fun, laughter, and lots of dancing. We had a blast.
Reception: For our reception, we wanted it to reflect our tastes and having attended so many receptions before ours, we know we wanted to keep our guests engaged. We love live jazz and Old Fashioned cocktails and so we had a jazz musician performing for our guests during cocktail hour and we had one bar solely dedicated to making Old Fashioneds all night long! While our guests were sipping those boozy cocktails and swaying to jazz, we had a magician walk around and entertain our guests with neat magic tricks. Our guests loved it. For the main entertainment, we had a cirque-du-soleil inspired act which had our guests mesmerized - we could tell because everyone had their eyes glued on the performing trio! Music is very important to us and our DJ had our guests on the sparkling dance floor all night long. Our friends and family are still raving about how much fun our reception was. Our decor was subtle and elegant. We didn't want anything over the top and so we opted for whites, silvers, and subtle pinks along with some beautiful, architectural structures for our backdrop that made us feel like royalty. Because we knew our guests were so fantastic and would party with us all night long, we had arranged for some guilty-pleasure, late-night foods: McDonald's cheeseburgers, Pizzas, and freshly made packs of mini donuts!
More ceremony goodness coming right up!