This is the wedding that everyone on the Modern Romance team has been waiting for since last year. Raj, Sonia's brother, contacted us after he found us from the list of winners on the BC Wedding Awards website. When he called us, he asked if we do destination weddings and coincidentally, we were shooting one in Hawaii at the time. "Yes, in fact, we're shooting one this week!" That was our first phone conversation and it is also one of a few bookings that we got through phone calls.
We got even more excited after we found out the wedding is going to be our BIGGEST wedding ever. Raj told us that there are going to be about 1000 guests at the banquet. Oh my! We doubt we will ever get to shoot another one with 1000 guests. Overwhelming and amazing. The more we find out about the wedding and all the details that Raj was planning for his lovely sister Sonia, the more excited we were. We were told they are planning to have sky lanterns, fire dancers, elephant instead of the traditional horse that a groom usually rides, fireworks, and more (which you will see some of those in the SDE)! Later we found that the only elephant in Edmonton has been sick so they had to give up on the idea of "hiring" that elephant. Hope it gets well soon.
The day has finally come, we were all pumped up and ready to go. We rented a mini van, literally STUFFED the van with all our gear and personal belongings. Raj booked everything our video team could offer - live feed, our 18' crane (that we normally don't bring), video booth (too bad we didn't have our Slow-Mo Booth at the time) 4-cameraman coverage, and same-day-edit! We spent 3 hours to assemble + disassemble our crane, pack the mini van, go through newly labelled gear, and tie our crane to the roof. Our scheduled departure was at 11:00 PM and we couldn't leave until 2:00 AM. The 12-hour drive was not so much fun. Neck-ache was one of our nemeses, not to mention numb legs and butts.
One of the many highlights of the wedding was to see Malkit Singh's live performance on stage at Sonia's Sangeet party. It was a huge surprise that Sonia and Raj planned for everyone, especially their parents. Everyone.. EVERYONE was so hyped up when Malkit Singh showed up on stage singing. We were so amazed that the family flew them from Europe. Amazing! Another surprise was the entrance of Sonia and Harman riding an ATV! Harman brings the fun everywhere he goes - the beautiful fireworks at his uncle's farm, all the dancing and diving into the crowds on the dance floor were definitely entertaining!
There so much we can talk about this wedding. We will just let the SDE show for itself. Enjoy!
Amazing vendors from all over the world:
Videographer from Vancouver - Modern Romance Productions
Photography from Edmonton - Buffy Goodman Photography
Live Performance flown in from Europe: Malkit Singh
Decorator from Calgary - Fusion Bollywood
DJ from Toronto - Kamal Rehal DJ KSR
Floral Jewellery - FaBLOOMosity
Floral Design - Wild Orchid Flowershop
Bridal Stylist - Sunita Sumaru Make-up Artist
Other Make-up Arists - Beyoutiful Faces
Henna - Henna Art
- Firefly Theatre and Circus
- Bhanga Team