On 6th July 2013, Brinda and Varun tied the knot in a beautiful outdoor wedding at Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada. Being lovers of the outdoors, Brinda and Varun had elements of nature in each of their wedding events. From the ocean behind their wedding mandap, to the day light being the main form of lighting at their reception.
How they met
Varun and I carried out a long distance relationship between Vancouver, BC (Canada) and Portland, OR (USA) for 2.5 years before we got engaged. Even after we got engaged, our biggest challenge (besides planning a wedding) was how to close that gap. To complicate this further, we found out that that Varun’s job was relocating us to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam!
Choosing a location
Our wedding was planned from Vietnam, India, the US, and Canada and was a huge challenge to coordinate. We were very specific about what we wanted for our wedding – we are both very outdoorsy and dreamed of a wedding by the ocean or on a mountain. Luckily, we found Ferguson Point in Stanley Park, a cliff area overlooking the ocean! Although we had to build the venue from scratch, we tried to utilize the natural beauty of the location as much as possible.
For me, the most important aspect of my wedding day outfit was to be able to wear the necklace given to me by my grandfather. He had purchased it when I was born in the hopes that one day I would wear it to my wedding.
We were fortunate to have a lot of family in India to help out. A lot of our decorations like our chair covers and mandap drapes were custom made and sent from India.
What the Bride Wore
Varun’s cousin works as a stylist in Mumbai so she designed all my outfits. She was able to stay true to my taste but still make my outfits unique and interesting.
Our wedding paid homage to our heritage, our family, our nature, and our surroundings, and we couldn’t have asked for a more blessed wedding weekend.
Photographer ǀ Sakura Photography
Cinematographer ǀ Vincent + Theo Studios
Wedding Planner ǀ Corinne Schelle from Filosophi
Bride’s Dresses ǀ Custom made by Niti Patel of Exalt Designs
Hair and Makeup ǀ Jayna Marie Makeup + Hair
Wedding Venue ǀ Stanley Park
Reception Venue ǀ BC Law Court
Flowers ǀ Garden Party Flowers
Cake ǀ Sweet Thea Cakes
Catering ǀ Maharaja Catering
DJ ǀ DJ Junior, MIB Roadshow