Rustic Glam Sikh Countryside Wedding

Inderpreet & Simran

Snapshot

My most favourite moment from the wedding... 

My favorite moment from the wedding was the Sikh Ceremony at the Gurudwara. It was so peaceful. It was such an amazing feeling to be surrounded by loving family members and friends who were there to embark us on our journey. The four Laavs were probably the most special moment for me because it was a moment for us to connect with God and feel the presence of his blessings.
 

I had the most fun... 

There were so many fun moments during the entire wedding process, but I had most fun during my Bridal Shower. It was just the most relaxing afternoon where I was utterly pampered. One of my closest friends did an amazing job with the organisation of the event. We even got a chance to practice our dance performance in front of family and friends.  


I cried when... 

I teared up just before the leaving home for the Gurudwara. The Wedding Filmer asked me to leave Simran a message and it all felt so surreal and made me quite emotional. 

 

My wedding style was... 

I had different styles for each event. My Sangeet and Mehendi were colourful and vibrant while my Sikh Ceremony was more royal and Wedding Reception was glam and elegant. 

 

It was most important to me that... 

It was a combination of everything for me. I wanted a good photographer, cinematographer, food, decor, DJ, and outfits. I was quite certain with how I wanted my wedding to be so every aspect was quite important to me.

 

My advice for future brides... 

  1. Although things can get very stressful in the lead up to the wedding try not to overthink things. 
  2. Enjoy, embrance and relax. Learn to have fun in everything you do. 
  3. Look after yourself. Eat right and make sure you get enough sleep.

About The Couple

 

How we met 

We met in Adelaide while we were on a night out with our respective friends. After that, we started speaking on Facebook as I was based in Adelaide and Simran lived in Melbourne. Our story began from that moment.

 

Our first date 

When Simran came to Adelaide for a one day trip.

 

When I knew he was the one 

I had a strong feeling from the start and everything just fell in place. There was not a specific time when I realised he was the one as my feelings for him were constantly growing.

 

Our engagement 

Read more about Inderpreet and Simran's vintage fairytale engagement party on The Crimson Bride

 

What marriage means to us 

A relationship where we are constantly growing to love and respect each other. A commitment to soulfully grow together and merge as one entity. 

The Details

Wedding Planning

Simran and I planned the entire wedding together with help of family and friends. The planning took roughly around one year and we plenty of resources including The Crimson Bride, Pintrest, Pinkvilla and Instagram. 

I didn’t have any overall wedding vision, but rather small visions for every event. The experience was really stressful as it can be quite tough to meet your own expectations. There was a strong DIY element when it came to preparing for our pre-wedding functions as we did everything ourselves. This included creating a concept for each event, sourcing decorations accordingly, getting the Jagos made traditionally, couriering items from Sydney and India; and every other small detail you could think of.

I wish we had a little more time. We ran out of time to do some of the things we intended to do, but that could also mean that we should have managed our time better.

TIPS: 

  1. Research. This is really a great way to figure out exactly what you want, even if that means coming up with plenty of ideas and filtering through them.
  2. Reach out. Email multiple vendors so you have options. 
  3. Have caterers for your events. For the Mayian, my family made most of the food for guests. That was extremely stressful and if I had the opportunity to change anything it would be to have caterers for every event no matter how big or small. It takes the stress off family members and in that way they can relax and enjoy.
  4. Follow up. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get all your wedding outfits made and ready. Keep in touch with them and keep reminding them of when they should be ready.

Wedding Shopping

We went to India for our wedding shopping for seven weeks and it was an exhausting process as India is full of options. We spent three weeks in Mumbai, three weeks in Delhi and one week in Punjab.

My sister was a great help when it came to deciding which stores to visit. I would strongly recommend finding your designers before you head to India and a good way to do that is by going through Pernia's Pop Up Shop and creating a list. She created a list of designers and the addresses for them. I had a very clear idea of the look I wanted for each event, but I still made sure I was open to new ideas.

We didn’t really have an inspiration when it came to our outfits but we gathered a lot of ideas from Instagram, The Crimson Bride and Pinkvilla. We went to various designer boutiques and tried on options and then decided what worked for us. Having my family with me during the process was an amazing help because they were honest and genuine with their opinions.

Wedding Events

Our wedding was held from over a few days in May 2016 in South Australia. We held all the pre-wedding events at our family famrhouse in the countryside and the Sikh Wedding Ceremony and Wedding Reception in Adelaide. 

  1. Mayian - Wednesday PM, Family Home, Riverland, 30 guests. 

  2. Sangeet - Wednesday PM, Family Home, Riverland, 60 guests. 

  3. Mehendi - Thursday PM, Family Home, Riverland, 60 guests. 

  4. Sikh Ceremony - Friday AM, Sikh Society of South Australia Gurudwara, 230 guests. 

  5. Wedding Reception - Friday PM, Adelaide Convention Centre, 230 guests. 

Mayian Overview

As per Punjabi tradition, we commenced the wedding events with the Mayian - held in the backyard of our family farmhouse in Riverland, countryside South Australia. It was an intimate family affair. I made an entrance with four of relatives holding a red dupatta embellished with hanging kaleera's over my head. This was an opportunity to be blessed with sweets by my family and have my haldi applied. The ceremony was followed by a small lunch where all the food was cooked by our family. 

SIMRAN'S OUTFIT: I wore a simple Manish Arora suit with cute shoes from Anantam.

Sangeet Overview

The Sangeet was held later that evening. It was a night of music, dancing, performances and great food! We had a mobile gourmet pizza van by Pete's Mobile Woodfired Pizza serving hot pizza and other nibbles which was loved by all our guests. A few of my friends and family performed dances to some Bollywood songs and I also performed a dance with my close friends, which we had been practising for a while. Being able to have fun and perform with them was definitely the highlight of my evening. Following the performances by our close friends and family, we had the Jaggo. 

 

Pre-Wedding Decor

THEME: We had the same decor for both our Sangeet and Mehendi functions as both events had a fun, vibrant theme.

DECOR: As we had already decided that we would be hosting our pre-wedding functions at home, I had already thought of concepts, themes and requirements we would need and made our list before heading to India for our shopping. We spent a lot of time in Delhi organising the decor for these two events. 

We had hanging marigold strings in the backyard and in and around the house, a centrepiece to hang from the ceiling in our living room and urlis which were filled with water and fresh flowers. 

 

Sangeet Look

INDERPREET'S OUTFIT: I wanted a fun, vibrant look for my Sangeet and no one could do it better than Arpita Mehta. It took quite some time to come up with the style and look of the outfit, especially when deciding the colour and design, but the end result was amazing. It was also the most comfortable outfit that allowed me to dance the night away. 

HAIR & MAKEUP: I had my hair done by Jessica El Jay Hair, who we flew in from Sydney and makeup by Georgina Neeves. I had my hair in a straight, sleek do and bold makeup to partner with the vibrance of the outfit. Georgina gave me a dark eye and a berry lip to compliment the lehenga. 

SIMRAN'S OUTFIT: My husband is not as adventurous when it comes to clothing but with the push of family, he ventured outside of his comfort zone. He wore an amazing, vibrant piece by Manish Malhotra. It was fun, comfortable and unique.

Mehendi Overview

We held the Mehendi the next morning in our living room. Before I had my mehendi applied, I had my Chuda Ceremony. This was definitely the highlight of the day for me! There was also a 'goody station', where our friends could choose from the assortment of Punjabi jutti's, bangles, bindi's and bracelets to take home.

Mehendi Look

INDERPREET'S OUTFIT: I wore a pastel Anita Dongre lehenga for my Mehendi. I had always wanted to wear an outfit by her and the Mehendi was the perfect opportunity as it complimented the overall theme. I love Anita Dongre's designs as her work is so feminine, intricate, and elegant - and her boutiques offer the best customer service experience. 

HAIR & MAKEUP: Like the Sangeet, my hair and makeup was done by Jessica El Jay Hair and Georgina Neeves respectively. I had a swide swept hair do with loose curls. The lehenga had a soft, feminine look, so I kepy my makeup minimal with a brown smokey eye and nude pink lip. 

HENNA: Henna by Alisa Parveen.

SIMRAN'S OUTFIT: My husband also wore Anita Dongre for the Mehendi and I worked with the designer to come up with a design for the ceremony. We came up with a simple and light design which complemented my outfit. He wore a white kurta pyjama with a floral printed dupatta. 

 

Sikh Wedding Ceremony Overview & Decor

For our wedding, Simran and I had a traditional Sikh Ceremony at the Sikh Society of South Australia Gurudwara. The ceremony was so peaceful. It was an amazing feeling to be surrounded by loving family members and friends who were there to embark us on our journey. The highlight of the ceremony for me was the four Laav ritual because it was a moment for us to connect with God and feel the presence of his blessings. Once the ceremony came to an end, Simran, myself and a few of our close friends and family released doves into the sky. It was a beautiful moment.

THEME & DECOR: Our Sikh Ceremony had a very royal theme, which was further accentuated by our bridal outfits. As the base tones for the wedding were ivory and gold, the autumn themed florals provided the perfect finishing touches to create a royal, rustic feel. My bouquet, by Wyld Orchids, was an assortment of florals in plum, cherry and white and complimented the lehenga so well. We also used dark tones for florals used to adorn the Gurudwara with bouquets pinks, reds and purple aumtumn blooms. 

Sikh Wedding Ceremony Look

INDERPREET'S OUTFIT: I already knew that I did not want to wear red on my wedding day. I tried on numerous outfits at Sabyasachi and I was quite confused for the first few days. I went back with a clear mind and tried on an ivory lengha and that's when I knew it was the one. It just worked in every way and it looked absolutely royal.

HAIR & MAKEUP: I had my hair done by Lauren of Hair By Lauren and I absolutely loved working with her! She was such a genuine person who made sure I looked amazing on my wedding day. She is talented, friendly and very down to earth. I could not have imagined anyone else doing my hair. ​For my makeup, I had Chantelle of Chantelle Baker Makeup. She is the most incredibe, trustworthy and talented makeup artist. For the ceremony, I had my hair in a twisted low bun. Dark eyes and a pop of colour with a berry lip completed the royal look. 

JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Jewellery was definitely a tough decision as there are countless options in India and it can be absolutely overwhelming. There are some amazing jewellery stores in Bombay and Delhi. I wanted my jewellery to have an antique without a strong gold finish. After searching vigorously, I came across Shri Hari Diagems. They have some amazing jewellery with so much variety and the finish was quite antique. To complete my look, I wore an oversized nath, maang tikka and choker. I also got a had some pieces made by Raabta by Rahul, who designed my kaleeras. 

SHOES: I wore heels by Jimmy Choo. 

SIMRAN'S OUTFIT: My partner came to India for eight days and that left us with very minimal time to find him an outfit. To make things more complicated, he is very picky, which made his shopping experience the most difficult part of the trip. We tried countless designer stores and it was quite difficult to find a piece that was on par and as impactful as my Sabyasachi lehenga. We ended up at Sabyasachi in the end and that's where he found his outfit. Simran wore an ivory and gold Sabyasachi sherwani. 

JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: As there was a strong ivory theme with Simran's sherwani and my bridal lehenga, we broke it up with a royal blue velvet shawl from Sabyasachi to tie the look together. He also wore pearls around his neck by Tarun Tahiliani. Simran's kalgi was designed by Raabta by Rahul

Wedding Reception Overview & Decor

We held the Reception at Adelaide Convention Centre. Simran and I made our Reception entrance to 'Hymn For The Weekend'. After a few speeches, Simran and I danced to 'Sanam Re' for our first dance which was then followed by a dance performance by our friends to a mix of Bollywood songs. They opened the dancefloor and we had a great evening dancing the night away. 

THEME: The theme for the Reception was feminine, elegant and sophisticated.

DECOR: We filled the room with florals in pink, red and purple tones. My inspiration for this particular evening came from Diane Khourey and Flower Culture by John Emmanuel. Our decorators for the Reception, Harbourside Decorators, were flown in from Sydney. We had cherry blossom trees and elaborate candelabras and crystal chandeliers from Chandeliers To Die For tie our theme together. We also has a cute ice cream cart by St. Louis Ice Cream, which was definitely the most popular feature for our guests! 

 

Wedding Reception Looks

INDERPREET'S OUTFIT: It was quite tricky to find a Reception outfit while I was in India. I wanted something modern yet classic. I finally found the perfect lehenga at Falguni & Shane Peacock. I fell in love with it instantly after trying it on. It was exactly what I had imagined; a soft, subtle blush pink. It's long trail created an elegant, red carpet look, however there were a few changes that need to be made before it was officially deemed 'the one'. I had the pleasure of working with Falguni to make it my dream lehenga. It was quite heavy so we decided to reduce the mesh in the underlay of the ghagra. 

HAIR AND MAKEUP: Once again, I had my hair and makeup done by the amazing Hair By Lauren and Chantelle Baker Makeup. To add to the glamour quotient of the lehenga, I had a soft retro curls, with one side pinned back. This was finished off with dark eyes and a nude lip. 

SIMRAN'S OUTFIT: Simran wore a black Hugo Boss suit with a white shirt and bow tie. It was a very classic, yet modern look and definitely complimented by lehenga. 

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