Priyanka & Gau­rav

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Wedding Album - —Mor­gan Mullin

Priyanka Singh wasn’t re­ally think­ing of a wedding when she first met Gau­rav Sharma. In fact, she was think­ing about her mother, and how her hus­band-to-be’s par­ents stum­bled upon a dat­ing pro­file that her mother had cre­ated se­cretly for her. “I was so an­gry,” she says, laugh­ing, “but she acted like a screen, say­ing ‘Oh, this guy seems nice.’” Soon a long-dis­tance courtship be­gan, and the two parental groups met, giv­ing the union their bless­ing. And while there was no ques­tion it was go­ing to be a tra­di­tional af­fair, Priyanka found a way to give the cer­e­mo­nial In­dian fes­tiv­i­ties a unique and per­sonal touch by DIYing dec­o­ra­tions and craft­ing a rus­tic aes­thetic.

She says that rather than the typ­i­cal Western wedding/re­cep­tion/dance, for In­dian fam­i­lies it’s al­most a whole week of ac­tiv­i­ties, from a gals-only henna ses­sion to a full-on din­ner and dance. The whole vibe is much more about two fam­i­lies, two mini com­mu­ni­ties, join­ing to­gether and grow­ing closer. This feel­ing spilled over into the wedding prep, too, as Priyanka de­scribes it, with many of the DIY el­e­ments be­ing com­pleted “dur­ing fre­quent girls’ nights, with lots of wine.” Priyanka might not have thought of a wedding when she met Guarav but once she got to know him, she thought of a mar­riage— which, for these two, meant bridg­ing fam­i­lies, ec­cen­tric moth­ers and all.

Pho­tog­ra­phy by Ste­fan David­son

HAIR & MAKEUP Ali­cia Me­lan­son

RE­CEP­TION VENUE Westin Nova Sco­tian

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