May 22, 2009
I love to wear dresses, made them when I was younger and I love dress trains even more. So when it came to choosing the traditional day attire, I opted for a lengha (skirt, top & veil), which has more of a dress silhouette than a saree (6 yards of fabric) does, but if I could've added a train to a saree, I would've!
Raw silk with gold coloured thread embroidery and clear and red crystals.
Nowadays, I see most grooms wear a traditional sherwani (or achkhan) - it is what the man's suit is called. Comprised of a pants, top underneath and an embroidered top coat with a scarf (optional). When I was younger, most grooms opted to wear a black, gray or navy suit. My FH chose to wear a sherwani for the ceremony day and since I won't know what it will look like...here are some ideas I found on the net. Most of the guys I know, tend to wear white or cream, my FH told my his is gold. (I got it out of him very difficulty as I needed to make sure the backdrop wasn't the same colour as his outfit...hee hee)
Groom in sherwani with shorter coat and bride in lengha.
We're having a 2-day wedding event. The wedding ceremony will be a traditional Hindu wedding and the following day will be the reception party day. Hindu weddings, are long as it's several smaller ceremonies so a vegetarian dinner is served and there is no alcohol or dancing; so that is held the next day. Usually the weddings are taken care of by the bride's family and the reception day is by the groom's family. Being a bit older than when our siblings or cousins married, we decided to pay for everything ourselves, which allowed us to keep the numbers down to 250-300 guests each day. We have extremely large families (& extended families) we could easily have 500-600 guests.
Wedding Ceremony Style
Most Hindu brides wear red, as it represents the colour of fire and the wedding ceremony is based around the God of Fire, Agni. Red is one of my favourite colours, so we'll be sticking with the traditional red, gold and white but I do love bright bold colours and when I came across these bouquets, I knew that I wanted to some how incorporate the apple/lime green.
Reception Party Style
We're both fans of jazz and I love all things Rat Pack and he gets to wear a fedora, so we are trying to put a retro vintage spin on the reception party day. Perhaps with the music and our attire, but that's probably about it. The colour scheme is black, white, silver and sky blue.
But again, came across this photo and want to some how incorporate a tiny bit of green and yellow as well...the colours are so harmonious...but how to do it without it looking overboard will be the trick.
Proposals? Yes, you read correctly...we originally set a date for August 2006, but some things were not panning out as planned, so we put the nuptials on hold and believe it or not, went our separate ways. Long story short, we found our way back a year and a half or so later... My mother had always told me about Leap Year day is the one day a woman can propose to a man. So even though I was upset with the fact that I had to propose, days before Feb 29, 2008, I thought of a brilliant proposal. Called up my best friend and voila, we turned my home into a photo studio and used my duvet cover as a backdrop. I created a calendar and in each month I held a letter, spelling out "marry me, will u?" He accepted and I handed him a pair of cuff links...with a message that said "WTF, what are you waiting for?" An idea a coworker gave me.
The cuff links I gave him.
In April 2008, we went on a trip to Las Vegas with our closest friends and my FI had a surprise helicopter ride waiting for me. Above the Vegas strip is when he pulled out the ring. He got to do his proposal and I received my beautiful engagement ring. Kept the same stone as the 2006 engagement, but had it reset...to represent our past and our future...
I definitely wanted something different & couldn't figure it out. I knew I didn't want flowers or bows or a bride & groom, they're all pretty ideas but just not my cup of tea.
In 2006, I came across some acrylic shapes that could be monogramed & thought that is more what I'm interested. But now are these beautiful crystal monogram cake toppers & I'm head over heels for them.
I couldnt' find anyone in Canada who did this, so when my mom decided to give us our honeymoon as a wedding present (as we are paying for everything ourselves0, I thought it's the perfect opportunity to splurge on that little itty bitty bling that I've been dreaming about.
So I searched the internet for the best possible price as it would be in US Funds & shipping to Canada would add to it. And then because I didn't have much time, some places needed it to be rushed & others didn't. So I ended up ordering it from The Crystal Topper. Jodi was an absolute delight and so helpful. Other companies were helpful too but when I asked for help with colours some of their suggestions made me uneasy as I make beaded jewellery using Swarovski bi-cone crystals so I had a pretty good idea of what to expect with the colours. And once I started talking with Jodi, I found she saw the colours the same way I did and I knew she was the one for me!
Will insert a picture when it arrives.
It arrived & I was like a kid on Christmas unrolling it ever so gently! It's even more beautiful than I thought!!! (the picture definitely doesn't do it justice). I cannot go on about Jodi's expertise, she was phenomenal, the colours she advised me to get were PERFECT. Had I gone with the other company, the colours they suggested would've been more like a royal blue and not a sky blue. Plus theirs would've cost me so much more.
(monogram topper on its own)
(monogram topper on the same blue fabric as my wedding dress.
But we are also having a mini 2-tier cake and I figured I needed another topper...but I don't have the additional money for it. I reluctantly found a website in Canada (www.strungoutbeads.ca) who sells 3" acrylic letters for $10Cdn! I thought to myself, for that price, that's one I can definitely make on my own. The topper arrived the other day & it is beautiful just on its own...but I am going to bling it out. So I will attached pictures of that as well.
(PS, they are clearing them out, so you may want to order asap!)
It was cold, it was wet and I was really sick...but nothing was about to stand in the way of this e-session, but also because I was going to use these pics for our guestbook on reception day so I needed them asap.
So with the beauty of makeup, a bottle of Benalyn my FI picked up for me along the way & the kindness of strangers...our team was able to capture a fun e-session for us both!
We commuted back & forth via the Tswasswen Ferry Terminals for 4-5 years, as FI lived on Vancouver Island & I lived on the mainland. So our photographer & FI said it was up to me to convince the ticket agent to let us into the terminal area without any tickets. So...I went, explained our story & finished it with a big smile & he was definitely a romantic as both him & the other agent let us in! Whoo whoo!
Off to the alleys of downtown Vancouver, BC where our videographers met up with us to shoot a little of the behind the scenes!
Off to the Vancouver Art Gallery & Robson Square. In the summers, in Robson Square (an open space located underneath Robson Street) the salsa dancing community would play music from 3-7pm every Sunday for everyone to enjoy & we always went. Unfortunately, due to the 2010 Olympics the actual spot where the dancing happened was under construction so we reverted to the many stairs of Robson Square, which turned out just as cool.
(side note, the plan was to get changed in the mall somewhere with the hopes of an outlet for my rollers. There were none, so a kind lady let me in her shop & use her area to curl my hair -- of which i forgot the clips & brought the wrong hairspray -- & she let me get changed too! Thanks Rachel!)
(dancing outside the Van Art gallery first)
(last pic, inside Wedgewood Hotel)
So...what did our videographers Desy & Paul do with their footage...gave us a little teaser is what they did...check it out: http://www.vimeo.com/3966678
So, we met our cake artist, Meg (of Cakes by Meg) in 2006 when my FI's cousins were getting married. We loved her from that very moment & fell in love with her mango mousse cake. It was so light & fluffy & no other cake place offered such flavour as an option. So now that it's our turn, we know exactly who we wanted to go to.
Again, the FI are so different but at a bridal show we both were drawn towards this cake & thought fantastic! This will be one of the easiest decisions to make!
So this was our inspiration:
When we took that to our cake artist, she did advise it was made with molds & I don't think she had the molds. So we had to decide whether we would go with the woman who made this cake, or go with Meg's mango mousse. Needless to say, Meg won over because we liked her so much, she makes the cake we want & her prices were a nice factor as it's a fraction of what the other cake would've cost us.
Meg will still create a blue square 5-tiered cake for us and will put dark gray pearlized accents between each tier and then pipe the silver design (see cake below) on the sides of our cake also in a darker silver.
Also because I was a returning customer, Meg also offered me a complimentary 2-tier head table cake of our design.
I had ordered the cake below for my niece's 21st birthday. I gave Meg my price, the colours & shape and let her imagination go wild. Everyone was in awe with the cake!
Topper...yet to be determined...