Tanya and Govinda both hail from Vancouver, Canada where they held their regal wedding. They first met after the groom saw a photo of the bride and asked his cousin (her close friend) more about her. The two were eventually introduced.
They didn’t date for long before knowing each other was ‘the one’. With the same family values and laid back personalities the two were an instant match.
Just over a year into their relationship they began brainstorming ideas for their big day.
“With Indian weddings, there’s about three years of prep work that goes into it,” the bride said, admitting this made the proposal a real challenge for the groom.
“Out of the blue one night Govinda said, ‘Tonight we’re going out!’ and drove us downtown to a Lauryn Hill concert,” she recalled. The bride wasn’t expecting anything more than listening to a great musician live.
Next thing she knew the groom asked her to go on a walk. The two end up frolicking near the Vancouver Public Library where the groom snuck behind a wall and got down on one knee.
“It was late at night, just us. No one else was there. It truly surprised me,” she said.
Royal Richmond Ceremony
Their wedding was a classic and regal interpretation of both of their personalities.
Govinda’s deep appreciation for elephants was strewn throughout the events: in the design of the cake, in the bride’s mehndi design and even his two sister’s outfits.
Tanya travelled to India where she found an opulent red and gold gown for the ceremony. Govinda donned white from head-to-toe, an out of the ordinary but suave look for a groom. He made sure to match the bride in his wedding day accessories.
When asked about her big day, Tanya responded with immense gratitude.
“I am so grateful for the wedding especially – as a Sikh bride you are expected to be more demure but me and Govinda smiled, laughed and high-fived each other throughout parts of the ceremony,” she said.
Two Receptions, Intimate And Immense
The bride and groom had a private cocktail hour with their close friends and family before a 900-person reception where Decibel Entertainment’s DJ Khanvict amped up the crowd.
“We are so happy that we made it,” many guests remarked in one way or another.
She stunned in a floor length dress with a portrait neckline and flowing train. Then, donned a glamorous blue gown that complemented the their regal reception decor.
“I wanted to look how I truly wanted for that hour,” she said, noting that their DJ took the party to a new high.
Golden accents added elegance throughout their decor including the elephant cake toppers, the couple’s throne amidst their guests and ambient chandeliers.
It was truly a day to remember!