Kelsey and Ameya met in a very unlikely location: the elevator of their apartment building. “Over the course of three months, we kept running into each other and just really enjoyed those 15-second ‘elevator conversations,'” Kelsey reveals. “After the third elevator exchange, Ameya asked me out and the rest is history.”
Two years ago, Kelsey’s family, who live on the west coast, got together for a wedding in British Columbia. Ameya took this opportunity to ask Kelsey’s family for their blessing and popped the question before returning to Toronto. “Ameya took me away from everyone and led me down to the waterfront where he asked me to marry him,” Kelsey recalls. “A highlight was getting to soak it all in together on the airplane ride.”
Elements from the bride and groom’s cultural backgrounds were combined into one memorable celebration. A colour palette of pink, gold, and navy was inspired by the traditional Indian sarees worn by the bridesmaids. With the bright, modern venue, the vibrant hues from the wedding party’s attire and floral arrangements added fresh personality and elegance to the space.
Other nods to Indian culture included custom-made gold potli bags from India filled with freshly ground spices for guests to take home. For Kelsey and Ameya, it was also important that the catering reflect their unique backgrounds. “Finding a caterer that could meet our standards and make amazing Indian and North American dishes was a tall order, but we and our guests were blown away by the food,” Kelsey shares.
In the evening, guests were surprised with a Bollywood flash mob performed by the wedding party. “With many ex-figure skaters in the room on our wedding day, we had many dancing enthusiasts to say the least,” Kelsey says. “It set the tone for an amazing dance party!”
Kelsey Gallagher and Ameya Bopardikar, July 28, 2017, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Alex Jardine of Ikonica.
Ceremony venue: Mazzoleni Hall at The Royal Conservatory of Music
Reception venue: The Royal Conservatory of Music
Wedding planner: Melissa Baum
Bridal gown: Martina Liana
Bridesmaid dresses: Sourced in India
Groom’s tux: Siddhesh Chauhan (sourced in India)
Caterer: Couture Cuisine
Flowers: Nous Design
Stationery: Paper & Poste
Cupcakes: Prairie Girl Bakery
Indian sweets: White Gold Food
Hair: Bruna Mata
Makeup: Olena Makeup Art
Favours: Custom-designed in India, filled with Indian spices and recipes
Music: Michael Coombs