For one brief shining afternoon and evening last Summer, Whistler was transformed into India. To the great delight of all who were fortunate enough to see it. Heather’s and Arnav’s beautiful ceremony, following ancient and quite lovely Hindu wedding rites, took place on a stunning, hot and sunny Whistler bluebird day.
But even Whistler’s legendary beauty had stiff competition that day from the gorgeous colour explosion at this jaw-dropping and joyfully exuberant wedding. As soon as we saw Heather and her bridesmaids dressed in their traditional, embroidered sarees, with veils and jewellery, we knew this would be a wedding we would never forget.
The handsome groom too, resplendent in all his traditional finery – we had to hitch our jaws off the floor. The guests joined in the fun by dressing in an array of Indian traditional (sometimes with a twist) costumes and outfits, and it was hard to pick a favourite colour from amongst the parade that passed before us.
On the observation deck at Whistler Blackcomb a traditional stage had been set (called a ‘Mandap’. Yes we learned a lot at this wedding!) with a canopy gorgeously decorated by the talented team from Senka Florist, who really outdid themselves on all the brightly coloured florals. We loved watching the ceremony unfold, and it was fascinating to learn about the meaning behind the various rituals from explanatory booklets thoughtfully supplied by the couple.
The party continued long into the night at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, (usual amazing job by their team) with mouth-watering Indian cuisine and a wonderful display of traditional Indian dance from a Bhangra group that had everyone clapping along and tapping their toes.
BREAKING NEWS – We just learned that this wedding will be a feature wedding in WISHES WEDDING MAGAZINE! We will share the link when we get it. Champagne corks a’ poppin here right now!
Heather and Arnav were, for all the world, like a prince and princess from 1001 Nights. See if you agree with us by looking through the Gallery of images captured by the incomparable Gadbois Photography.http://www.gadboisphotography.ca/
Ceremony: Observation Deck- Whistler Blackcomb
Reception: The Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre
Photographer: Pascale Gadbois, Gadbois Photography
Floral Design: Senka Florist
Wedding Planning/ Design & Decor: Sea to Sky Celebrations
Hair & Makeup: Marjie Martini, Funky Diva Collective
Rentals: Event Rental Works
Cake: The Flourpot