s the temperature dropped and the snow fell in Canada, Shaweta and Sundeep’s wedding guests boarded a plane heading to Jamaica for their destination wedding. Choosing this warm Caribbean island was a great way to lift the guests spirits. The anticipation had been building for months before the wedding. Every detail was in place to make sure the guests felt appreciated. Upon arrival each guest was surprised with a gift box and the week’s schedule on their bed. The couple wanted a fusion of Indian culture with a twist of Jamaica. While respecting traditional Hindu customs they were able to give their guests the experience of a lifetime. With a different colour palette selected by the sister of the groom, the entire décor was a surprise for the couple and the guests.
The Sangeet(engagement ceremony) was held under a beautiful Mandap-like covering. Guests sat on oversized pink and orange pillows as the couple exchanged rings and engagement prayers. Guests then danced the night away while a Dhol player drummed to Indian and Jamaican music. Traditional Indian cuisine was served to the guests. Female guests were then able to choose from a wide selection of colourful jewelry and treated to Mehdi (henna) throughout the evening.
The Vatna Ceremony
During the early hours of the morning, the couple got together separately with their immediate families for the Vatna ceremonies. They each wore sacred threads as the family applied turmeric paste to their face. Following the ceremonies, Shaweta’s family performed the red bangle ceremony while her maternal uncle adorned her wrists with red bangles that she must keep on for over a month. The grass and palm trees acted like a natural backdrop for the ceremonies.
The Wedding Ceremony
On the wedding day, the groom and his nephew arrived on a white horse as his family danced and sang with joy as the Dohl drummer played. They met with the bride’s family who welcomed the groom to the family as he dismounted the horse.
The guests arrived to a seaside gazebo that was draped with hot pink and gold fabric adorned with tropical flowers. The sides were draped with long strands of crystal beads that blew in the wind. The brick pathway created an aisle that we filled with pink rose petals.
As guests arrived they were given parasols to keep them cool under the hot Jamaican sun. The guests turned around to watch Shaweta walk down the long path. Shaweta’s bouquet was full of hot pink roses, green cymbidium orchids and mango calla lilies. She was adorned with jewelry and her saree had over 40 pounds of embellishments.
During the ceremony the couple were joined by their parents. They exchanged garlands of tropical flowers and performed a traditional Hindu ceremony.
The Wedding Reception
In lieu of a guest book, guests signed a hot pink saree. Something the couple will frame to remember their special day.
The tables were draped in floor-length teal table coverings. The couple sat at a sweetheart table and their guests were in two rows lined down each side of their table. The view of the Caribbean Sea was beautiful and the sunset spectacular. Each guest had their name printed on a place card and placed in a seashell. Each guest had a menu folded into their napkin and a white orchid was placed on each napkin. The place cards had a gem to indicate if they were vegetarian for ease of food service. The centrepieces were filled with white hydrangeas, white roses, gold leaves and purple and blue orchids. Blue and White Lanterns hung from the oversized straw umbrellas and candles lit the outdoor space. Guests enjoyed dinner then danced the night away.
Photos by Jennifer Images
Wedding Planning by Jennifer Borgh Events
About Jennifer Borgh:
Specializing in destination weddings and local weddings in Toronto and York Region, Jennifer Borgh with her team of exceptional assistants and vendor connections ensure every single detail of your wedding is taken care of. Jennifer Borgh Events is a boutique planning company and doesn’t overbook. Jennifer Borgh plans weddings and honeymoons FULL time and is therefore available when you need her!
Her extensive background in events has taken her all across the Caribbean. Being Certified by The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, Sandals and Travel Industry Council of Ontario leaves destination bridal parties completely worry-free in her capable hands.