PHOTOGRAPHY BY KOYO PHOTOGRAPHY
From prepping their own butter-chicken spice mix to peeling apples for homemade wedding pies, Pardeep Padda and Tyler Smith made sure both of their cultures were at the forefront of their fusion wedding
Here, Pardeep shares their story...
"Ten years ago, Tyler and I met while working together at a retail store in Kelowna. Tyler was saving to go to university while I was pursuing a career in Human Resources. It wasn't long until we realized how special our relationship was—it was quickly becoming the relationship of a lifetime.
"Once Tyler graduated from university in 2012, we decided to move to Vancouver and have called the Lower Mainland home ever since.
"Fast-forward to May 4, 2015 on the beach in the Mayan Riviera and Tyler proposed! Within the year, we were planning the wedding of our dreams.
"So how did we create an Indian/western fusion wedding? There are not as many ideas as you would think on Pinterest! But, what we did know was that we wanted both of our cultures to be valued at the wedding. But, above all, we wanted to showcase our hometown of Kelowna, where we met and how our journey began.
"Our first step was ensuring that we had the right team behind us, starting with Koyo Photography. We had not doubt that we wanted to have the talents of Lindsay and Aaron behind us, as they have a natural approach that tells a beautiful story with each image they capture."
"We also chose to work alongside Kayla Knight of Day by Knight Events, our wedding planner who brought our ideas to life. Kayla knew all the local companies to work with including: the venue (Falcon Ridge Farms), our decorating team (Glitz n' Glam Party Supply), the rental company (Avalon Event Rentals), DJ (DJ Spinalshift) and caterer (Details Catering).
"Our families also had a lot of fun planning our fusion wedding. From prepping butter-chicken spice mix together to peeling apples for homemade wedding pies, it was wonderful to have everyone come together.
"Since I was a little girl, I watched brides get married in beautiful bright colours full of embroidery and sparkle. I always loved the designs and uniqueness of each Indian gown, so I knew I had to design something that was just as special while still honouring the style I have developed over the years. I decided to work with Crossover Bollywood Se in Surrey, and together we designed a custom gold-and-white lengha, with—of course—a cathedral veil to appreciate the western side of my new family.
"Nothing can prepare you for how much joy you feel on your wedding day. To see all your loved ones together celebrating as one big family—there really is nothing else like it. Every day leading up to the wedding, I called it an "Indian/ western-themed wedding," but in reality, it was just a beautiful, loving day—no theme needed! It is a day to just appreciate your relationship as it is.
"So, as champagne poured, curry was served and the night went on late with endless dancing. We could not have asked for more; it truly was one of the best days of our lives."
Photographer + Videographer: Koyo Photography
Venue: Falcon Ridge Farms
Planner: Day by Knight Events
Decor: Glitz n' Glam Party Supply
Rentals: Avalon Event Rentals
Bride's Dress: Custom design by Crossover Bollywood Se
Bridesmaids dresses: Etsy
Groom's + Groomsmen Outfits: Black & Lee
Makeup + Hair: Rikki from Jayna Marie Makeup & Hair
Stationary: Vistaprint and Minted
Florals: Adrienne Klettke
Catering: Details Catering
Cake: Made by the groom's mother
Jewelry: Paras Fashion
Officiant: Darlene Samin
DJ: DJ Spinalshift