An intimate backyard wedding is starting to feel a bit more regular these days, but for Harneet and Sim it was more of a challenge. Their large families and guest list made the idea of an intimate Indian wedding a no-go to start. But in the craziest turn of events, the silver lining became clear, and Harneet’s idea of a perfect wedding day actually began to take shape:
It had been a dream of mine to have a boho style summer wedding in my parents’ backyard under a pergola adorned with fresh florals. I loved the idea of being able to watch my husband-to-be arrive at the house and walk down the aisle, and watch our guests be seated for the ceremony as they await my arrival. It was also a comforting thought that I could be married in my family home where I have so many cherished memories. We pondered the idea, but it didn’t seem possible to be able to have all our family and friends attend.
As we worked on planning our ceremony in the Gurudwara, COVID spread and introduced a lot of other challenges. We knew we wanted to move forward with our lives in marriage, regardless of these challenges. However, it was important for us to plan a wedding that was safe, and was also a great experience for us and our families. While everyone was supportive of our wishes for a wedding this summer, it took some time to get people to feel comfortable breaking away from some traditions such as large indoor weddings and a week of festivities. We ultimately planned the intimate, boho-garden wedding in my parents’ backyard that I’d always dreamed of!
Harneet was a vision in a gown by Vivah Collection.
Intimate Backyard Wedding Ceremony
Da Fiori Floral Design covered the pergola with florals, just like Harneet originally envisioned. And then they took it a step further with gorgeous boho floral designs throughout!
Currently, British Columbia has a 50-person limit on gatherings, but to ensure social distancing practices would be safely met, Harneet and Sim reduced their guest count to 34. Finesse Decor created these brilliant family pods, in which only family members living in the same household were seated together. H + S also implemented safety precautions, like outdoor handwashing and sanitizing stations near the ceremony space, and staffed food stations instead of a self-serve buffet.
Family + friends from all over the world tuned in to a live stream of the small wedding ceremony so that everyone could still be part in some way.
Just Married: Newlyweds Take Off
Wondering how these two met? It was pretty serendipitous:
When Sim and I met, we instantly connected and felt like we’d known each other our whole lives. We spent our first date talking about our shared love for travel; particularly Bali, where we both hoped to spend more time in the future. We realized that we’d grown up in the same neighbourhoods, attended the same high school, and numerous members of our families were friends. All these possible encounters and it wasn’t until we both went online that we finally met. After our first date, we spent most of our days with each other. We spent a lot of time outdoors, eating sushi, or searching for the best chocolate dessert. It wasn’t long before we knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.
Isn’t she stunning?!
Harneet and Sim’s plans post-COVID? These two are moving to Bali! Life is short, right?! Wishing these two a lifetime of happiness as they adventure on together!
photography: Amrit Photography // venue name: Bride's Residence, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada // event design: Finesse Decor // florals: Da Fiori Floral Design // wedding dress: Vivah Collection // hair stylist: Aquarius Art // makeup artist: Aquarius Art // groom attire: Vivah Collection // videography: Studio 101 // canopy: Natural Oasis Events