Roop and Rav's wedding day was so rich with tradition and emotion, it's hard to know where to begin. The love these two kind and giving people have for each other and their families was tangible and we were so honoured to be there. I'll let the images tell the story.
I love the sparkle and colours of Roop's dress, shoes, and jewelry.
A quick portrait before the ceremony of the gentle, kind, and absolutely stunning Roop.
Her groom's joyous arrival at the temple.
The Sikh marriage ceremony is called the Anand Karaj, which means the blissful union between two souls.
Roop and Rav were not permitted to speak during the ceremony, but we did catch them sharing this meaningful look.
After the ceremony..singing, dancing, and celebrations!
Rav barters his way into Roop's family home to see his new wife.
After Rav enters Roop's home, there is a farewell ceremony as Roop leaves her family to join Rav's. It is an incredibly emotional ritual, made even more so by the fact that Roop will be leaving Vancouver to join Rav in Toronto.
I took this image though the window of the car - I really like how the silhouette of the contemplative Rav frames Roop's emotional goodbye to her father.
The couple then drive to Rav's family where they are greeted by his parents.
Afterwards, it's time for the party! Rav sheds his beard and Roop puts on a new outfit for the reception at the Law Courts downtown. They look so happy!
Will their love conquer the Vancouver VS Toronto rivalry?!
Let's just say the TO contingent was pretty strong.