A Punjabi Wedding That Drenched Sydney in Happy Vibrant Colors
Karen & Sunny
With typical Punjabi shaadi vibes, traditionalism on point and the right dash of chic, this wedding is literally everything at once! For how each ceremony was different than the other yet overflowed with that familiar love and happiness, Karen & Sunny's wedding shenanigans are simply worth crushing over.
The way they incorporated the latest wedding trends with the elements that spoke of their personalities, their wedding is unquestionably to take inspiration from! So go ahead, revel in their joyous nuptials and take notes for yourself!
About The Couple
Sunny and Karen have been family friends since their childhood. They started dating when Karen began with her first year of University. "From the moment we went on our first date, I knew this was the man I'd marry and now the rest is history", she quotes.
They both love to travel, watch movies, eat, go on random adventures, and basically anything in each other's company.
After dating for four years, Sunny popped the question to Karen on a private yacht off the coast of Sydney Harbor in April 2017. He spent five months planning each and every element of the proposal whilst making sure she didn't suspect a thing.
He led her to believe that they are to attend his Annual Work Ball (a really fancy one) for which they bought her dress together, arranged for her makeup and even got her nails done. A romantic proposal on a yacht with a photographer and a cinematographer to capture it all was surely an overwhelming one for Karen straight out of dreams.
The couple planned their wedding all by themselves working in a systematic manner with the help of inspiration boards on Instagram & Pinterest and keeping a track of the entire timeline through excel spreadsheets. Wanting a regal wedding with traditional vibes, the couple brought to life an amalgamation of their personalities through classic decor done in timeless colors. Event stylists Decor-A-Shaan weaved their wedding in an uber vibrant and royal manner which was captured by Rolling Canvas with equal quintessence.
Hosted at the Bowman Hall, Blacktown, a super vibrant, peppy and a Punjabi sangeet function kick-started the wedding revelries with an upbeat vibe. Colorful and shimmery drapes, a traditional jhoola seating, cots, gota and thread dreamcatchers, vintage lamps, and decorated kites made up for the decor that reflected the beauty of Punjab.
The event was a groovy and hep one where they also recreated the couple's proposal story in the form of a skit.
Karen's Sangeet Look
Karen's orange and blue peplum style sharara was custom made by Intricado by Shivani. Replete with striking gota work, the outfit, paired up with a choker set and a passa from Suhana Art & Jewels & Needledust juttis made up for that perfect Punjabi look. Fareha Bridal Studio glammed her up for almost all the ceremonies and chose to give her subtle makeup and a tousled braid for this ceremony.
For her bridal entry, the kaleera phoolon ki chaadar that Karen walked under was DIY'd by her family.
Sunny's Sangeet Look
Sunny whereas, wore a Manyavar Mohey sherwani in navy and cream. He complimented Karen by accessorizing his outfit with an orange turban and pocket square.
Haldi & Jaggo
The informal yet traditional and intimate yet bright haldi and jaggo ceremonies were held at home for which it was beautifully decked up in colorful flowers and drapes in vivid hues of yellow, red, and golden.
Karen's Haldi Look
For her haldi ceremony, Karen slipped into a green Banarasi salwar suit with a floral dupatta and juttis from Needledust. She dolled up simplistically in contrasting pink & red floral jewellery from Prune India, kept her hair open and wore just a foundation.
The Couple's Jaggo Look
Karen for her jaggo, looked mesmerizing in a pale yellow and royal blue gharara style lehenga that she designed herself from a boutique in Chandigarh. While her kurta was laden with floral thread embroideries, her skirt was sequin galore. She wore traditional gold lotan earrings and Needledust juttis along with. Gather & Stitch Beauty gave her a minimally flushed look and a braid with golden parandi.
Sunny, on the other hand, donned a mauve kurta pyjama teamed up with a floral printed bandi.
The Day Mehndi
A surreal pastel affair, the day mehndi was hosted at Bivianos, Dural, in an outdoor garden setting highlight with hues of lavender. Be it the ivory lower seating, the bridal jhoola seating, or the photo booth area, every aspect of the decor was marked with dreamy pastel shades of pinks and lavenders. But of course, the huge pastel-hued floral chandelier cascading from the roof stole the show.
Karen's Mehndi Look
The intricately embroidered hot pink & ivory Anita Dongre lehenga with a blue dupatta that Karen slipped into for the day quite charmingly added tons to her natural radiance making her look all princessy. The elegance of a pearl and ruby panchlada with matching waterfall earrings from Suhana Art & Jewels and grace of flushed makeup and open wavy tresses accessorized with a crown braid and baby's breaths were simply unmatched.
Her beautiful & intricate bridal henna etched by Henna by Payal was highlighted with personalized elements that stood out.
The Chooda Ceremony
For her intimate chooda ceremony at home, Karen looked breathtaking in a graceful lavender anarkali suit which she dolled up with open hair and a pop of color on the lips.
The Wedding Day
An elegantly royal and traditional ceremony at the Gurdwara Sahib, Glenwood, the decor was done simplistically in shades of white and gold with red and pink roses. A green foliage backdrop with the couple's initials done in gold, and red and white drapes were set up as the backdrop where traditional chairs made for the couple seating.
Karen slipped into a statement red Sabyasachi lehenga along with Abu Jani Sandaap Khosla juttis from Needledust. Heavy gold and polki jewellery from a family jeweller in Punjab, kaleere from Ra Abta by Rahul, and chooda made up for her gorgeous bridal baubles. Fareha had her hair tied up in a neat bun and gave her light smokey eyes with a pale lip further elevating her natural beauty.
Karen bought her bridesmaids pastel pink chikankari lehengas that matched with the pastel pink floral detailing in her wedding lehenga. They also wore matching gold juttis, matching jhumkis and maang-tikkas, and Gather & Stitch gave all of them a classic chignon bun, gold eyes, and glowing skin. The whole squad had gorgeous bouquets from En Saison.
The groomsmen too had their outfits in hues of pastel pinks perfectly complementing the bride tribe. They wore kurta pyjama with floral nehru jackets, pink turbans and brown mojris.
On the morning of their wedding, Sunny surprised Karen by getting a bouquet of 50 fresh roses, a love letter, and customized Jimmy Choo heels delivered to her. Also, during their photoshoot he again surprised her with a brand new Mercedes!
Hosted at Hyatt Regency, Sydney, the contemporary, elegant, and romantic reception was an all glimmered up and floral affair with crystal theme. Tablescapes adorned with floral and gold centrepieces, huge lit up crystal chandeliers, shimmery drapes for photobooth, and floral and foliage arrangements marked the entire venue.
Sunny looked all crisp and dapper in a three piece black tuxedo by Institchu, Sydney.
Tips From The Bride
- Remember this is your wedding and it is the most special time of you and your husband’s life. Live in the moment and enjoy it to the fullest. The time will fly by so quick!
- Prepare and sort out all your outfits, jewellery, and shoes prior to each event so you avoid any last minute stress. It’s also handy to have a portable steamer at home!
- Make sure you do a full trial of your wedding day makeup and hair with your makeup artist. Do the trial with your jewellery and outfit on! This will ensure there are no surprises on the big day and you also have the flexibility to change anything you didn’t like.
- Have a list of each event and what you want to wear and the theme/style of outfit. This will make your shopping experience a lot easier!
- Try on all your outfits before you buy them! It’s essential you do this before investing a lot of money in your outfits. You may be surprised with how outfits look when you try them on!
- Shop for staple pieces which will remain timeless.
Story Written & Published By Divya Arora
Edited By Neha Garg Ahuja