About the Couple
I work as a Tax Accountant and my husband is in Equity Sales. We live
in Toronto. Although we were not high school sweethearts this is where
we first met. We became a couple almost 10 years later, when we bumped
into each other coming off the train after work. It was truly fate!
Sid and I both come from traditional Indian families where the norm is
to have a large extravagant wedding with an endless guest list.
Shortly after dating, Sid and I discovered to our surprise that
neither of us envisioned this for our big day. At first we casually
discussed having a destination wedding but after some time we realized
we could be the first ones in our family to break that boundary.
However, planning a perfect traditional Hindu wedding hundreds of
miles away presented itself with many challenges. You can't have a
Hindu wedding without a Pundit and how would we find one from another
country? Luckily a friend told us about Pundit Sharma from our home
city. He was perfect and was willing to fly down to perform our
The Garden Gazebo@ Bahia Principe Punta Cana
We wanted our wedding to be held at a large five star resort in the
Caribbean which had a great reputation, was kid friendly and served
great food; all of which would still be affordable for our family and
friends to attend. After months of discussions with our wedding
planner, Luxe Destination Weddings, we finally decided on the Bahia
Principe Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. What stole our hearts
about this resort was the beautiful garden gazebo which would serve as
our mandap and the fantastic and luxurious gourmet restaurant where we
would hold our private wedding reception.
Our Wedding Day
We all arrived at the resort on January 7th for the Wedding which was
on January 9th, 2010. Our family and friends were able to bond over a
welcome dinner held on the first night and spent a lot of time at the
beach and bars together! The first two days at the resort were cloudy
with showers but to our luck we woke up on January 9th to bright and
clear sunny skies, and knew the day would be a success!
Our wedding colours were a traditional gold and red. I bought a
modern gold lengha from Dinesh Ramsay who is designer in Toronto. We
bought gold chair sashes from home as well as red rose petals for the
white aisle runner and fancy wedding programs which we made at home!
The resort provided multicoloured flowers bouquets for the mandap and
along the walkway which helped to infuse a tropical theme.
Pundit Sharma performed our wedding and we couldn’t have been happier.
He went out of his way to ensure we had all the necessary items for
our wedding and he made the 1.5 hour ceremony feel like 15 minutes.
Our guests were very pleased with his English translations of the
ceremony and learned quite a bit that day!
After our beautiful wedding we had light refreshments and took
pictures with our guests and our bridal party. Our photographer was
Michael Steingard from Toronto, who travels to Punta Cana frequently
to take wedding pictures. This was truly one of the best decisions we
made for our big day, he was creative, kind and very professional as
you can see from our stunning and unique photographs!
Our wedding reception was held that evening in an indoor gourmet
restaurant. We held a private reception and decorated the room simply
with white, silver and purple to match my lengha. The food was great
and we made sure to have a few speeches, performances, and tons of
drinking and dancing! Before leaving for the Dominican we had a D.J.
record music for our wedding reception and it was a perfect idea, our
guests had a blast and danced the night away!
Best Decision- Destination Wedding
The next day the party and fun continued, and it didn’t stop until
four days later when our trip was over! We are so incredibly happy
that we made this leap because our families and friends rave about the
wedding and it definitely brought everyone closer.
Michael Steingard Photography, Toronto