Hey hey, all you GWS readers! Today’s stunning wedding features a first for us + we are so, so thrilled to share it all with you! Have you ever witnessed a Sikh ceremony? We hadn’t and were so intrigued by all the details that Karta + Siri incorporated into their big day at Viola Farms, with the help of Vanity Affair Events. The ceremony lasted a little over two hours and was filled with traditions — all the bridesmaids had stunning henna designs done on their hands and arms, and the ceremony finale was an explosive flower petal toss! Karta rocked two different gowns: the first being a traditional Sikh gown, and the second was a gorgeous lacy number from Claire Pettibone.
Karta shares a little more about the inspiration behind the day: Our community – our friends and family – are an important part of our lives. Bringing our people together to share a meal, to mark a special moment, or just to spend time is a big priority. The Sikh wedding ceremony reflects the importance of community, from the semi-circle of loved ones standing around the couple as they commit their vows, to the first act of marriage being to serve their congregation fruit. We knew right away that we wanted to take inspiration from our traditional ceremony to inform the rest of our celebration.
All about the community. All about the love. All about each other. Let’s take a journey through the day and see all the snaps taken by Catalina Jean!
We’re all for creative brides like Karta! She just so happens to be the owner + designer at Briar and Brambles Paper Co., so she designed her own invitations and paper goods.
Traditionally in Sikh ceremonies, the bride + her ladies are adorned with henna (also known as mehendi), and sometimes with oils and lemon water. In honor of this, all the bridesmaids had intricate henna designs done on their hands and arms. Also, how gorgeous is this?!
Positively stunning, you two!! Karta + Siri’s first outfits were supplied by Well Groomed, Inc..
Ranunculus, dahlias, pampas grass, and antique roses rounded out this bouquet by Selva Floral.
Processional: Deep Kaur Mann
Recessional: Hari Rai Khalsa
First Dance: Crazy Love by Van Morrison
For us, making our wedding truly special meant including our friends and family in an amazing weekend we could all experience together. So instead of a one day wedding, we created a farm-camping-festival-extravaganza! It was a lot to take on, but it was absolutely worth it. Although the whole weekend was of course not long enough, having everyone stay on site made it warm and intimate, and was a true representation of how we see ourselves as a married couple.
At the end of the night, Siri and I finally made it back to our gorgeous newlywed glamping tent in the woods. Having our first moment alone together, we started sharing our experiences of the day. He would go, “And then this amazing thing happened,” and then I would say, “Yes, that was incredible! Remember when this person said this sweet thing?” We were able to relive all those precious moments together before they slipped too far into the past. The sharing continued into the next day, and many of the days following as we left for our honeymoon. We savored the love and overwhelming support, the laugh-crying, the connections, and the immense significance of that moment in time.
Hello family-style reception dinner! Vanity Affair Events knocked every detail out of the park. There was not one, but THREE rental companies brought in to execute all the gorgeous decor of the wedding
Keeping the cake simple + sweet, Sainte G Cake Company created this darling trio!
Listen to advice! Don’t just hear it, really listen and give it credit because the reality is you’ve never planned a wedding before (or at least not many) and there is wisdom in other’s experience. Try not to get locked into ideas that might not work in your given scenario, but instead work with what’s in front of you in order to make something truly unique and beautiful. Enjoy the process as best you can. I loved planning my wedding, and I know that’s not the case for everyone, but I would say try to find at least one aspect that you can find joy in. I wish I could do mine all over again, and even though it was a long and sometimes tedious process, it went by so fast!
So, so lovely! Congratulations, Karta + Siri. For a deeper look into their day, check out this clip by The Toths.
photography: Catalina Jean Photography // venue name: Viola Farms, Canby, Oregon, USA // event design: Vanity Affair Events LLC // planning: Vanity Affair Events LLC // florals: Selva Floral // wedding dress: Claire Pettibone // wedding dress boutique: The English Department // bride's shoes: Korkease // bride's ring: ABC Jewelers // hair stylist: Swept Away Wedding Hair Design // makeup artist: Kiss & Makeup Artistry // groom attire: Mario’s (reception suit) // groom's ring: ABC Jewelers // videography: The Toths // paper goods: Briar + Brambles // catering: Bridges Cafe and Catering // cake: Sainte G Cake Company // desserts: Sainte G Cake Company // furniture rentals: Classic Vintage Rentals // music: Modern Event Solutions // officiant: Guru Meher // bride’s ceremony gown + groom's ceremony suit: Well Groomed, Inc // rentals: Barclay Rentals // rentals: Something Borrowed // catering: Devil’s Food Catering