November 20, 2014
Karan + Gunjan | Ontario Indian Wedding, Part 1
From the Bride —
Karan proposed to me on top of Toronto’s iconic C.N. Tower during the Edgewalk. Saying “yes” to him at 1,168 feet above the ground definitely kickstarted an adventurous life journey…and an unforgettable wedding planning experience. We had just nine months to plan our wedding and I had no idea where to start. We learned very quickly though, and were lucky enough to sign with the best vendors in Toronto – definitely a dream team to work with. I knew I wanted an outdoor and very traditional wedding ceremony in the summer, along with a very elegant and classy wedding reception. G.P.S. Decors & Wedding Services helped us make this dream come true.
During the reception, Karan and I had many surprises that our family and friends had planned for us. One of the best surprises was a video message from my uncle, Sanjay Bangar (Batting Coach of the Indian Cricket Team as well as Head Coach of Kings XI Punjab – an IPL cricket team) and Preity Zinta (Owner of the Kings XI Punjab team). In the video, him and Preity Zinta congratulated us on our wedding, and Preity Zinta conveyed a very sweet apology for not letting my uncle attend the wedding as he had to stay back for IPL’s 2014 final cricket match.
My mom and I worked on many DIYs – one of them was the floral backdrop for the mehendi ceremony and this also served as a beautiful photobooth while family and guests got their henna done. The haldi ceremony was done in a completely Maharashtrian style to reflect my background. I think your Marathi bride-to-be’s would love to see the 9-yard saree I wore, along with other Maharashtrian traditions we incorporated. The haldi and chooda ceremonies ended in a spontaneous and wild pool party! It was quite the sight to see our pool filled with family and friends in their sarees and kurta pyjamas!
Venue: Paradise Banquet Hall
Videography: ABCi Studios
Hair, Makeup and Dressing: Beauty Concept by Shirley Wu
Décor: G.P.S. Decors & Wedding Services
Henna: Henna By Shikha
Floral Services: Elegant Bouquets
Cake: Just Temptations
Sangeet: DMS Music
Reception: IMS Entertainment
Catering: Bukhara Grill
Transportation: Allure Limo & Services