It took over 10 years of attending the same events before Puja and Sumit finally met at a mutual friend's wedding. For their own nuptials, the couple opted for an "English tea party for Indian royalty" theme, using a vibrant palette of purple, magenta, orange, green, and gold. To achieve a tropical feel, Puja, a designer herself, created all the art deco floral invitations and stationery. Elephants of all shapes and sizes were also scattered throughout both the ceremony and reception venue for good luck. "It was an amazing process being a bride and a vendor to myself," Puja shares. "My team came together and supported my creativity while bringing their own to the table and we created something unique that spoke volumes to Sumit and I," she adds.
For the ceremony, Puja wore a customized red outfit complete with handcrafted Indian brocade and embroidery work, while Sumit donned a matching suit. Walking down the aisle surrounded by the smiling faces of friends and family was another highlight for the couple. "The cherry on top was seeing Sumit, a pretty tough guy, get a bit emotional the first time he saw me," Puja shares. "I was overwhelmed and it felt dream-like."
At their reception the following day, Puja choose to incorporate marsala – Pantone's 2015 colour of the year – into her attire. She opted for a marsala and gold outfit with Swarovski crystal details, while Sumit wore a matching suit complete with marsala ascot and shoelaces. For their first dance, the couple choose a cover of "Love Me Like You Do" by Boyce Avenue. "We immediately fell in love with everything about this song," she shares. "The lyrics, his voice, everything brought us chills."
As self-proclaimed foodies, the couple wanted to give their guests the best possible dining experience. This included a feast of fusion food at the reception, complete with a dessert station where chefs made fresh jalebis (a deep-fried wheat flour snack) and other Indian sweets. At midnight, guests ate butter chicken poutines before partying the night away on the dance floor that Puja helped design.
Puja Malhotra and Sumit Kaushal, July 24 and 25, 2015, King City, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Gurminder Banga from Banga Studios.
Ceremony location: King Valley Golf Club
Reception location: Grand Empire Banquet Hall
Planner: Rosy from Arora Wedding & Event Planning Bride's reception gown: Gaurav from CTC West
Groom's ceremony tux: Gaurav from CTC West
Groom's reception tux: Noir Label
Bridal party attire: Gaurav from CTC West Hair: Nalini Persaud (email@example.com) Makeup: Amanda Reid Makeup
Henna artist: Sonal Shah (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Turban tying: Vic Sehdev (email@example.com) Caterer: The Host Fine Indian Cuisine (ceremony), Grand Empire Banquet Hall (reception) Decor and flowers: Sara Baig Designs
Floor decal: Corrie and Norm from Event Graffiti
Stationery: Vibrance Designs (the bride's company) Music: procession drums – Vic Sehdev (firstname.lastname@example.org), singer – Archie Dubey (email@example.com), DJ – DJ Guru/DJ Serge (416-995-4198) Videographer: Joseph from JF Squared Films
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