December 4, 2023

Featured in Toronto Life Magazine: Shaelyn and Krunal’s Lavish Multicultural Hindu Wedding

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Recently the Toronto Life magazine posted an interview with Shaelyn and Krunal, one of our awesome couples, together with the images we crafted from their lavish week-long lavish Multicultural Hindu Wedding. We are so grateful to be a small part of their amazing celebration and this feature. Below is the link to this Toronto Life story. It features their interview about their love, their multicultural relationship and the joining of two unique families.

TORONTO LIFE: INSIDE A MULTICULTURAL HINDU CERMONY

MORE ABOUT THIS AMAZING MULTICULTURAL HINDU WEDDING:

Shaelyn and Krunal decided on a traditional Hindu wedding and a western style reception. They did this to honour their South Asian and Irish cultures. As many South Asian Weddings the celebrations started long before the ceremony. We were fortunate to capture both the Mehndi and the Haldi wedding ceremonies. It was a chance for us to get to know the entire family. A chance to also capture some amazing colours, shapes and of course emotions.

Because their ceremony needed to happen in the morning, they wanted to have both the ceremony and reception on the same day. We started shooting their Getting Ready at 6:00am. The low light sneaking in through the windows in this living room was stunning.  The moments we captured as Shaelyn was getting ready in her red bridal lehenga purchased in India, are some of my very favourite from the entire 17 hour day of wedding photography coverage. Read much more below.

Couple during a Haldi Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

Couple during a Haldi, South Asian Wedding, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

Couple during a Haldi, South Asian Wedding, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

Getting Ready During Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

Groom Getting Ready During Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

Bride Getting Ready During Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

Bride Henna During Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

THE UNCONVENTIONAL BARAAT WEDDING PROCESSION:

In the Hindu tradition, it is customary for the bride’s groom to travel to the wedding venue on a horse, or a lavish sport or vintage car. In the past the groom arrived on chariots or elephants accompanied by his family members. Krunal arrived in a Rolls Royce. Nice! The procession is a happy combination of singing and dancing usually lead by the dhole drum players. This type of lavish celebration was not something which Shaelyn wanted to miss. She insisted on joining Krunal and his family in the procession. It’s such a great reminder that you can honour tradition and yet make amendments to match your own unique wedding day.

Baraat Procession during South Asian Wedding, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

Baraat Procession during South Asian Wedding, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

Baraat Procession during South Asian Wedding, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

Baraat Procession during South Asian Wedding, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

THE UNCONVENTIONAL MULTICULTURAL HINDU WEDDING:

Shaelyn and Krunal’s  ceremony was in the stunning Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple in Brampton. This Mandir, place or worship, was built in 2007 out of 24,00o pieces of hand-carved Italian carrara marble, Turkish limestone and Indian pink stone. These pieces were first shipped to India, where they were carved and polished by skilled craftsmen. Then, they were all numbered and shipped to Toronto, where more than 400 volunteers helped to assemble them bringing the temple to life.

What an amazing stage for such a multicultural wedding. The ceremony was a fusion of cultures as the flower girl walked before the bride to a western song inside the Hindu temple. How amazing! The remarkable story here is how much effort Shaelyn and her family went to, in order to respect Krunal’s family culture. We captured touching moments of Shaelyn’s family in traditional South Asian outfits. Always, respecting the traditions of the very long day. Mothers, fathers and elders from both families shared this respect for both cultures and a sense of support and celebration for Shaelyn and Krunal’s love.

Multicultural South Asian Wedding, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

South Asian Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

Multicultural Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

Bride and Groom Images South Asian Wedding, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

Bride and Groom Images during South Asian Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

HOW WE SEE MULTICULTURAL WEDDINGS:

As photographers in Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, I am so thrilled how this and many other multicultural weddings we shoot highlight that love is love. It exists in all language, any religion and in any tradition. So fortunate to be part of such a diverse culture. With so much uncertainty and pain in today’s world, we have a mantra inspired by our work and the many couples we have met in Toronto:

Let this be our legacy – to live, to love, and to inspire, leaving the world a little brighter than we found it.

I know it may sound a little cheesy, but we sincerely believe it and we work towards it everyday

THE PERSONAL VOWS IN THE FOREST AND THEIR WESTERN RECEPTION:

Shaelyn happily agreed to honour the Multicultural Hindu Wedding traditions out of respect for Krunal and his family. However, she did request that the reception be more western in style. She also asked that at some point in the day the couple would exchange traditional wedding vows. And so, on a beautiful warm evening Shaelyn and Krunal shared their personal vows under a green tree. As they decided this would be their private moment, we felt honoured as the only witness to their vows. Shortly afterwords we arrived at the newly renovated Woodbine Banquet Hall to celebrate with their family and friends once during their western reception.

Bride and Groom exchange vows during Multicultural Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

Bride and Groom exchange vows during Multicultural Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

Bride and Groom exchange vows during Multicultural Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life Magazine

Bride and Groom during Multicultural Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers Featured in Toronto Life Magazine

Bride and Groom during South Asian Wedding, Image by Ever After Photographers featured in Toronto Life

Bride and Groom during Multicultural Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

Reception during Multicultural Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Image by Ever After Photographers

SEVENTEEN HOURS LATER:

Seventeen (17) hours later we capture thousands of images and moments throughout this amazing and epic day. This was our longest day ever of photography coverage. We arrived home tired, both mentally and physically. However, we are so thrilled that we witness this multicultural celebration bound by love, relationships and family. In a sometimes harsh world, it once again proved to us that love, if valued, bridges any multicultural, religious or traditional differences. It’s existence in front of our lenses at the many cross cultural weddings we shoot is proof that love is real and powerful. Most importantly it’s very similar no matter where you’re from, what you value or what you belief. As Wedding Photographers we are so fortunate that this proximity to love makes it easy for us to, well,

believe in love. 

If you haven’t dropped in already, we invite you again to read the full interview with Shaelyn and Krunal. To find out more about their inspiring love story in the Toronto Life Magazine click the link below:

TORONTO LIFE: INSIDE A MULTICULTURAL HINDU CERMONY

 

 

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This beautiful wedding at The Baps Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple in Brampton, Ontario. It was photographed by Norbert and Ever After Photographers. Voted as Best Wedding Photographers in Toronto, Canada.

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