A Festive Punjabi Wedding in Sydney with a Sabyasachi Bride: Karen & Sunny
I’m so delighted to be sharing today’s festive Punjabi wedding in Sydney. After all, it is Valentines and as always, love is definitely in the air.
Today’s modern-day romantic wedding features a Sabyasachi bride and her handsome Punjabi groom, whose love story sounds like something out of a fairytale novel. Just wait until you hear about their magical proposal near an iconic Sydney attraction!
Karen and Sunny’s joyful wedding celebration will certainly lift your spirits this weekend.
The Filmy Proposal
Childhood family friends, Karen and Sunny only reconnected during their uni days in Sydney. Unaware that they were childhood friends, the both of them soon realized that there was some sort of connection.
“We first bumped into each other on bus trips to university. Unaware that we were childhood friends, we instantly knew we had a connection. The bus trips became frequent once we realised who each other was and the rest is history.”
After four years of dating, Sunny swept Karen off her feet to plan a magical filmy style proposal that caught bystanders off guard outside the steps of Sydney’s iconic Opera House.
Sunny’s meticulous planning (5 months to be accurate), led to Karen believing that they were off to attend his annual work ball. He took great care to ensure that Karen looked like a dream before whisking her on to a private yacht for a ride along Sydney Harbour.
What followed was a very lively bhangra performance outside the Sydney Opera House.
A Little Tradition Combined with Classic Elegance
Whilst the wedding had a lot of modern elements, it was important for Karen and Sunny to incorporate their traditions and cultural heritage.
The couple chose to host their festivities toward the end of the Australian Winter season. The August date also aligned well with their honeymoon plans.
With the assistance of some of the best wedding professionals in the industry, Karen and Sunny pulled off a colourful and festive Punjabi wedding in Sydney.
Each and every occasion depicted a different theme, but we particularly love how they captured the essence of Punjab at their Sangeet party.
“We wanted each event to be very different. We coupled things we love with traditional elements and made our wedding unique to who we are as a couple.”
Karen describes the Sangeet as a vibrant party that combined old world charm with a touch of modern flair.
“We wanted to stay true to our roots and based our Sangeet on the theme of ‘Majha x Malwa’ the two regions of Punjab from where Sunny and I are from. We implemented this theme starting right from the seating chart which was a map of Punjab and table names were listed as cities in the Majha and Malwa regions.
Throughout the hall we had kites and colourful carts serving punjabi street food.”
Décor A Shaan brought Karen and Sunny’s venue to life, creating a beautiful backdrop, featuring colourful drapes, decorated with traditional and sparkling kite ornaments.
Each table was also adorned with gorgeous little trinkets, representing Punjab.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Sangeet party without dancing. They had a total of 14 performances on the night, including a special performance highlighting Karen and Sunny’s love story.
The festivities continued into the next day with private and intimate haldi and jaggo ceremonies held at Karen’s family home.
Karen looked like a dream at her mehndi function, which was a garden party held at the beautiful, Biviano’s Restaurant in Dural, New South Wales.
“I wanted a garden setting for the mehndi. The theme of the event was ‘pretty in pastels’ with a soft and princess-like vibe. As many would agree, the décor was the highlight of the function with the centre of attention being the giant floral chandelier. Thankfully Décor A Shaan stayed true to that vision!”
“The overall ambience of the event was relaxed, and this was further reinforced by the different type of cuisines I had catered for by Yogesh Manav of Sapphire Functions. We also had bangle and bindi bars for the ladies and mehndi stations too.”
The dashing groom also made an appearance at Karen’s mehndi function.
For the wedding day, Karen looked every bit like a stunning maharani bride, dressed in a classic red, Sabyasachi lehenga. Groom, Sunny complemented Karen beautifully with a gold and beige sherwani suit.
To her surprise, Karen was gifted with a pair of custom Jimmy Choo shoes from Sunny to wear during the wedding.
Their bridal party were also dressed to the absolute nines, in blush pink anarkali’s and kurta suits.
The Anand Karaj ceremony took place at the Gurdwara Sahib, Glenwood with close family members and friends all in attendance.
Décor and styling was kept to a minimum with a classic theme, featuring reds, golds and ivory hues. As for all functions and events, Karen and Sunny chose to have another vibrant backdrop, which made for great wedding photographs.
Following their ceremony, the couple moved on to The University of Sydney for their post-wedding photo shoot.
“For our reception we wanted to stick to the theme of white and gold, giving an overall modern and romantic vibe. The venue was adorned with fresh floral centrepieces and crystal candelabras reflecting the light to create a warm ambience.”
Style Me Pretty
Karen’s love for styling shone through every single event during her Punjabi wedding.
It’s evident that Karen has a flair for design, accentuating both her and groom, Sunny’s best features. Both bride and groom looked absolutely resplendent in their festive attire.
Before their shopping trip to India, the couple were meticulous with their planning, creating lists for every style of outfit they wanted along with the overall look they needed to achieve, to complement the themes.
“We travelled to India around 8 months before the wedding for 10 days. With thanks to prior research and a clear itinerary of what we needed, it made for a smooth shopping trip. We matched our outfits to reflect our personalities and what made us feel comfortable. Majority of the inspiration came from Instagram and Pinterest, along with editorials and essentially what our taste is.”
Each of them had a variety of outfits in custom hues and styles.
To begin with, for the Sangeet, the two of them wore orange and blue. Karen’s peplum sharara suit featured gota work and she paired it with gorgeous jewels. Sunny wore a contrasting blue sherwani suit with an turban and pocket square.
Traditionally, brides opt for yellow for Haldi related events, but on this occasion Karen wore a green banarasi silk patiala suit, and she followed up with a bright yellow and turquoise outfit for the Jaggo ceremony. For this occasion, Sunny was dressed in a mauve kurta suit with floral waistcoat.
Moving on to the pastel themed mehndi function, and Karen dazzled in a classic ivory and pink, Anita Dongre lehenga.
Karen no doubt looked like the quintessential Sabyasachi bride on her wedding day. She accompanied her lehenga with jutti’s by Needledust. As mentioned, Sunny’s ivory suit was the ideal shade to complement Karen’s look.
Last but not least, the couple looked dazzling at their reception party at Hyatt Regency, with Karen dressed in a champagne gold lehenga and diamond jewels and Sunny in a striking black tuxedo.
It goes to show, that with a bit of planning, you can pull off multiple looks for every event and Karen explains, there weren’t too many challenges that they faced along the way.
“We didnt face many challenges as we planned well ahead of time. However, it can be quite be overwhelming for those couples who don’t go prepared with a list of shops. Delhi in particular is full of shops with so many different options! In the end, we went with a gut feel for the outfits which resonated.”
We Are Family
Karen and Sunny had a lot of support from friends and family, who helped them out in particular with the dance preparations for their Sangeet.
“Our family and friends helped us out a lot in the dance preparations! We had over 14 performances in total. We did majority of our wedding planning ourselves. Our parents and siblings helped us with the distribution of wedding invitations, shared advice and opinions on catering and made sure that all the vendors were at each function on time and the events ran smoothly.
We both enjoy planning, so we took on that role instead of having our parents feel stressed and overwhelmed! We involved our family in all of our wedding events and made sure that we spent time with them because they matter to us the most!
Also, our family accompanied us while we did the wedding shopping in India and they helped us on ensuring we picked outfits we loved and felt our best in! Most of all, they made sure that they there when we needed to de-stress, ensuring we enjoyed the whole process.”
The bridal party was made up of their very best friends. Karen had her sister as maid of honour and good friends from various phases of her life. Sunny also chose his best friends who he grew up with and it meant the absolute world for him to have them by his side, whilst marrying the girl of his dreams.
As Karen shares, there were a number of memorable moments from the wedding.
“It would have to be walking down the aisle towards the love of my life with butterflies in my stomach and looking over to him and finally becoming husband and wife!”
They described the entire wedding planning experience as being a lot of fun.
“We got to bond as a team and while we had a difference of opinion during various stages of the planning, we both added value when making the final decisions.”
Karen and Sunny’s vision wouldn’t have been made possible without their suppliers, friends and families.
“A huge shout out to all our vendors, family and friends for making our vision coming to life and putting in all the extra effort!”
There were no major challenges faced for the couple, however, as always unexpected things do come up, as Karen goes to say.
“Yes, there were some unexpected things that came up during the events but we had prepared for the wedding as much as we could and instead of spoiling our moods we made sure that we put in 100% effort to enjoy all our events to the fullest.”
Their honeymoon travels began in the Maldives, followed by a month long trip through Europe.
“We wanted to enjoy a relaxation period post wedding functions and what better place to start off the honeymoon than Maldives.We both love the island life as well as the adventurous trips. We both love adventure, so we had a Europe trip over the summer period, exploring different cultures and trying so many foods. We ended our travels in the most exotic and romantic destination, Santorini!”
Advice for the Future Couple
It goes without saying, that every couple should have some sort of budget in mind before planning a multiple day wedding. Aside from budget, Karen had several tips for couples.
“Set a budget before you plan so you can keep track of your finances and also don’t get any surprises in the midst of wedding preparations. Also start planning early to avoid any disappointments when booking your vendors. Meet with your vendors regularly and tell them exactly what your vision is and what you want, as no one can read your mind! This allows you to improve on your vision and also create a great relationship with your vendors as they’ll get to know you on a more personal level.
At the end of the day you are planning for a marriage not just a wedding. Laugh, cry and enjoy every moment of the journey and take some time out for yourself if you need to. Your mental health is just as important as the dance performances you are preparing!”
Well said Karen! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful wedding with The Maharani Diaries.
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Happy Valentines Day!
Photography/Videography – ROLLING CANVAS // Venue(s) – BOWMAN HALL (Sangeet), BIVIANOS RESTAURANT (Mehndi), GURDWARA SAHIB, GLENWOOD (Wedding), HYATT REGENCY (Reception) // Décor and florals – DÉCOR A SHAAN (Décor), CHANDELIERS TO DIE FOR (Chandeliers), NADIA DURAN (Dancefloor), EN SAISON (Florals) // Catering – SAPPHIRE (Mehndi), URBAN TADKA // Cake – CAKE ME PRETTY // DJ/Entertainment – DJ VINNY // Transport – M&M WEDDINGS AND FORMALS // Bride’s outfits and accessories – INTRICADO BY SHIVANI (Sangeet), SUHANA ART AND JEWELS (Sangeet), ANITA DONGRE (Mehndi), SUHANA ART AND JEWELS (Mehndi), CUSTOM MADE OUTFITS (Jaggo and Maiyan), PRUNE (Haldi), INTRICADO BY SHIVANI (Chooda Ceremony), RA ABTA BY RAHUL (kaleera for Chooda Ceremony), SABYASACHI (Wedding), CUSTOM JEWELLERY (Wedding), DABKA DORI (Reception), SUHANA ART AND JEWELS (Reception) // Bride’s shoes – NEEDLEDUST, JIMMY CHOO // Hair and Makeup – FAREHA // Mehndi – HENNA BY PAYAL // Groom’s outfits – MANYAVAR (Sangeet), STUDY BY JANAK (Wedding), IN STITCHU (Reception // Groom’s shoes – SABYASACHI // Rings – GS DIAMONDS and CARTIER // Bridesmaids outfits – CUSTOM FROM LUDHIANA, PUNJAB // Bridesmaids jewels – SUHANA ART AND JEWELS // Groomsmens outfits – CUSTOM FROM AMRITSAR