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Whimsical Italian Indian Wedding… The Bride Wore Sabyasachi!

Whimsical Hindu wedding with Indian bride in a green lehnga and groom in white sherwani | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Happy Monday! Today I’m sharing one of the prettiest and most unique weddings to ever grace this blog. My sweet friend Puja married her love Joe last year at Toronto’s Copper Creek Golf Club. They had a fresh and vibrant wedding that was the perfect combination of both of their cultures. The innovative decor incorporated ribbons, garlands, and paper lanterns, and was simply an elegant explosion of colour! And my goodness, isn’t Puja gorgeous in her Sabyasachi lehgna? You’ll definitely want to sit down, grab a coffee (or chai), and enjoy this sweet and whimsical Italian Indian wedding by Kumari Photo|Cinema.

Beautiful bride in Sabyasachi sangeet dress | Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Green and gold Indian bridal bangle | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ Pearl and kundan earrings, Indian bridal earrings | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Beautiful Indian bride in her Sabyasachi lehnga | Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Rubies and Ribbon

Indian bridal mehndi pattern, floral garlands | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Getting ready in a green Sabyasachi lehnga | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Indian bridal mehndi pattern, henna design | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Indian bride getting ready in her green Sabyasachi lehnga | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

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Pink and orange Indian wedding flowers | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Whimsical pink Hindu wedding ceremony | Kumari Photo   http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Decor via Creations by Gitta http://creationsbygitta.ca/ | Rubies and RIbbon

Whimsical pink Hindu wedding ceremony | Kumari Photo   http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Decor via Creations by Gitta http://creationsbygitta.ca/ | Rubies and RIbbon

Hindu bride during her wedding ceremony | Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Rubies and Ribbon Blog

Pink and orange mandap, whimsical mandap, Hindu wedding ceremony | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Hindu wedding ceremony | Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Rubies and Ribbon Blog

Unique mandap, pink and orange mandap, ribbon mandap | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Hindu wedding ceremony and bangles | Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Rubies and Ribbon Blog

Whimsical Hindu wedding ceremony with Indian bride in green lehnga and groom in white sherwani | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Puja, I adore your elegant green Sabyasachi lehnga! What inspired this unique choice?

We wanted something classic and timeless. I love the elegance of Sabyasachi and I just felt like a queen when I put it on. I also wanted a unique colour rather than the traditional red, and the emerald green blew me away.

Puja and Joe, what were your favourite parts of the day?

Puja: I loved when Joe tied the mangalsutra necklace on me. I got teary as the priest explained that the tying of the mangalsutra symbolized the eternal union between us, and how Joe would now take care of me and love me forever! A close second was after I was completely ready and walked out of the bridal suite to meet my brothers and male cousins who were to walk me down the aisle, as per tradition. I will never forget the looks on their faces – they were priceless. I am their littlest sister, so the look on their faces was a combination of awe in seeing me as a bride, and a bittersweet feeling about me growing up. I just loved walking down the aisle with them, holding their hands.

Joe: My fondest memory was hearing Puja come down the aisle and not being allowed to watch it happen because I wasn’t allowed to see her at that point as it is part of the Hindu tradition. A close second was giving my wedding speech. I got to acknowledge everyone who attended, to show my appreciation, get nostalgic, crack some jokes and say nice things about my wife.

Indian bride in green Sabyasachi lehnga | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Indian bride in a green Sabyasachi lehnga with her beautiful bridesmaids | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Indian groom and groomsmen in white sherwanis | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Indian bride in green Sabyasachi lehnga and her groom in a cream colored sherwani | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ Indian bride in green Sabyasachi lehnga | Kumari Photo | Rubies and RIbbon http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

Beautiful Italian Indian wedding photo | Kumari Photo http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Rubies and RIbbon  http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/

The ceremony and reception decor setups are both so lively and beautiful! What was the inspiration behind them?

We wanted something fresh and fun for the decor – the theme was East meets West so we had decided to have a “Western”/Italian style reception, as the wedding ceremony was Indian. However, we still wanted to keep the feel of an Indian wedding so colourful and bright décor was a necessity. Pink, orange and green go so well together. In addition to all the flowers being pink and orange, we had moss green tablecloths, and pink and orange paper lanterns in varying shades and sizes, hung from the ceiling. Smaller sized lanterns were used as the backdrop to the head table. We also had statues of elephants and eastern looking candleholders and vases to play up the East meets West theme.

Did you have any Do it Yourself (DIY) projects?

For the bombonieres, we made little mason jars filled with pink and orange bubble gum to complement the pink and orange round lanterns. We also made pink and orange personalized stickers with our initials and the date of the wedding. Finally, we tied green shimmery ribbon around it.

Whimsical wedding with pink and yellow paper lanterns | Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Decor: Creations by Gitta http://www.creationsbygitta.ca/ | Venue: Copper Creek Golf Club http://www.coppercreek.ca/

Beautiful bride in a Becker Gorgeous Italian Indian wedding by Kumari Photo Cinema http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ on Rubies and Ribbon

Whimsical wedding with pink and yellow paper lanterns backdrop | Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Decor: Creations by Gitta http://www.creationsbygitta.ca/ | Venue: Copper Creek Golf Club http://www.coppercreek.ca/

Whimsical wedding with pink and yellow paper lanterns backdrop | Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Decor: Creations by Gitta http://www.creationsbygitta.ca/ | Venue: Copper Creek Golf Club http://www.coppercreek.ca/

Beautiful first dance framed by pink and yellow paper lanterns| Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Decor: Creations by Gitta http://www.creationsbygitta.ca/ | Venue: Copper Creek Golf Club http://www.coppercreek.ca/

Beautiful first dance | Kumari Photography http://kumariphotoanddesign.com/ | Venue: Copper Creek Golf Club http://www.coppercreek.ca/

Your wedding is incredibly lovely, and you look so happy! Do you have any advice for couples who are still in the planning process?

Bride: Get a wedding planner, if just for the day of. It will take loads of stress off your plate. I didn’t have a planner and everything went off without a hitch, but that was only because I had an incredible groom who took care of all the details I couldn’t (because I was getting ready), and a sister who took care of everything else for me. That being said, things could have gone wrong and the stress of that was on my head in the weeks prior to the wedding.

Groom: Do as much of the foot work as you can and be patient. It’s a much harder process for the bride (hair, makeup, dresses, fittings, etc). When the bride is making a decision ask her for her top three choices and then give your opinion on the top three otherwise you may drown in the overabundance of available options (It is possible to find yourself in a week long conversation about the perfect shade of pink).

Thank you so much Puja and Joe for sharing your sweet story and advice with us! Congratulations on your beautiful wedding. I wish you all the blessings in the world for a long and happy married life!

Credits

Images: Kumari Photo | Design // Venue: Copper Creek Golf Club // Decor: Creations by Gitta // Flowers: Gingko Floral // Wedding lengha: Sabyasachi // Wedding gown: Becker’s Bridals // Sangeet lengha: Kalki // Entertainment: Sky’s Band // Beauty: Amanda Reid

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