Held in the Arizona desert, Jasmine and Mandeep tied the knot in a charming vintage themed civil ceremony with their closest family and friends in attendance.
With beautiful pink florals, gold touches and stunning scenery, the couple wanted an intimate wedding before their big Punjabi wedding.
How They Met
Mandeep and Jasmine met at Mandeep’s cousin’s (and one of Jasmine’s closest friends) wedding in Detroit. They dated long distance (from San Fransisco to Las Vegas) and got engaged in April 2015.
What the Bride Wore
Jasmine wore a vibrant pink gown by Monique Lhuillier to the ceremony. She accessorized her outfit with a gold choker and earrings from Outhouse. She looked stunning against the neutral desert background.
Mandeep tricked Jasmine into thinking she was heading to Vegas for a black tie affair. Mandeep planned an elaborate proposal and asked Jasmine to marry him with a ring he made at Scintillant Studios (one of Jasmine’s favorite places in San Fransisco).
Wedding Venue & Decor
Taking place at The Paseo, Apache Junction, charming decor covered the outdoor venue where Jasmine and Mandeep exchanged vows.
Sofas, a Persian carpet, and gold touches from flower vases, trays and lamps, added to creating an intimate and beautiful ceremony.
Choosing a Location
Mandeep and Jasmine agreed to hold the civil ceremony in the desert because it meant something special to each of them– Jasmine grew up in Arizona and Mandeep lived in Las Vegas for a few years. They wanted to embrace the natural beauty of their past homes and the more casual vibe that comes with that.
The Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony was focused on community, diversity and natural beauty. The event was set in the middle of the Arizona desert and guests were welcomed with prickly pear margaritas and a Spanish guitarist. A Punjabi folk singer sang a Punjabi love song live for the procession.
The biggest obstacles in planning the wedding were planning from afar and embracing tradition while rejecting patriarchy.
In the Bride & Groom’s Words: Words of Advice
Reuse flowers, rely on the creativity of your community.
Jasmine and Mandeep planned their civil ceremony beautifully, and as the sun went down they exchanged vows infront of the people closest to them. A modern take on the traditional, this civil ceremony was a great addition to their religious wedding.