Food Truck Nostalgia
Suneet proposed to Alisha under the guise of taking in a food truck festival at Seattle’s Gasworks Park, but when there were no food trucks to be found, Suneet suggested a walk around the lake shore, while they were admiring the panoramic views, he got down on one knee and popped the question!
“We celebrated the occasion by having dinner at the same restaurant where we had our first date!”
A Vision of Class and Elegance
While they didn’t have a specific vision for their big day, Alisha said a main concern “was making sure it was fun for all of our guests while being in a beautiful and elegant setting.”
With many of their guests coming from out of town, they wanted to make sure they were able to experience all of Vancouver’s best sights! This included drinks, an arrival brunch, a group bike tour of the amazing Stanley Park, a tour in one of the city’s open-air buses for mehndi night transportation, and even Bollywood dance lessons at their reception!
Showcasing the natural beauty of the Pacific North West
Alisha and Suneet wanted an Indian wedding with a west coast flare, and decided to cut down on the number of events to only include the mehndi, baraat, wedding, and reception.
The mehndi—which was held at another Vancouver landmark, the Telus World of Science—had a Moroccan style feel with lanterns, chandeliers, and bright green and blue hues, which went gorgeously with view overlooking False Creek.
Up next was the Baraat that took place on Vancouver’s waterfront and ended at the front entrance of the Fairmont Pacific Rim. The great weather made the perfect backdrop and showcased all of the beauty Vancouver has to offer.
Beautiful Big Day
The ceremony itself was a traditional Hindu ceremony that incorporated bright, tropical hues, like oranges and purples.
“The wedding took place in the main ballroom of the Fairmont Pacific Rim and the room was decorated with gold chivari chairs, large bouquets of white hydrangeas along with pink flowers and white orchids. The mandap had gold fabric draping with white and pink flower accents.”
For the ceremony, the bride wore a gorgeous dark pink and gold lehenga, while her husband rocked a cream sherwani. The colours looked beautiful with the navy and gold outfits the wedding party wore!
The reception took place in the same ballroom, where the West Coast’s natural beauty was still on display.
“We sat at a sweetheart table, which was decorated with candles, purple hydrangeas and was beautifully framed by a 4 post arbor in the backdrop.”
Alisha wore an amazing champagne gold gown with stunning beadwork, and her hubby wore a classic black tux with a bow tie! They looked simply spectacular!
Looking Back on their Big Day
Planning a wedding from out of town can be stressful, but Alisha and Suneet made sure to work with their wedding planner, Kavita Mohan to find all their venues, and made a few trips up to Vancouver to see the locations in person.
“We wanted the location to reflect the beautiful landscape of Vancouver, while also showcasing the heart of the city for our guests who were flying in from out of town.”
While it can be difficult to pick a favourite part from their big day, the couple and their guests loved the atmosphere of their mehndi night.
“It was a relaxing atmosphere where we were able to reunite with old friends and family, make new friends, and enjoy everyone’s company with the gorgeous Vancouver landscape as our backdrop!”
Advice for future brides
It’s always nice to have help to bounce ideas off of, but Alisha cautions that too many opinions can create confusion, and make it difficult to lose sight of your vision.
“That being said, there were certainly moments where it felt like too many cooks were in the kitchen with too many different opinions on various decisions. Ultimately, however, everything turned out wonderfully and I would not have changed a thing!”
Finally, while planning can be an extremely stressful affair, it’s also about compromising and talking through decisions, and trying not to worry so much, which can be a challenge.
“Just have faith that in the end it will all work out wonderfully with a marriage between you and your life partner.”