It was a destination wedding for Simran Sandhu and Chris Hennie as the pair celebrated their nuptials, with two different traditional ceremonies at the Almirall de la Font Villa in front of 85 wedding guests, near Sitges, Spain on October 6, 2012.
Chris and Simran met each other while studying at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. After seven years travelling together, Chris decided it was time to pop the question on a secluded beach in Santorini, Greece.
The morning started with a traditional Punjabi ceremony to celebrate Simran’s Sikh spirituality. The bride and her groom were dressed in the traditional ‘lengha’ and ‘sherwani’ as they pledged their love before Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book.
The bride fondly remembers her sentiments that morning. “Feeling emotionally swept away, knowing that we made it this far, sneaking excited glances at each other, our tears started flowing easily,” she says. “There wasn’t a dry eye that morning.”
The groom professed his love and commitment in an evening vintage Western ceremony featuring words of wisdom from friends through poetry and spoken word. The newlyweds and their guests were serenaded with songs representing the couple’s milestones and journey together. They danced the night away in the romantic candle-lit room with their closest friends and family.
Photographer: Jeremy Standley Photography
Ceremony location: Almirall de la Font near Sitges, Spain
Reception location: Almirall de la Font near Sitges, Spain
Reception décor: Flores Vilaplana S.P
Bridal gown: Bespoke Sherwani and turban by Charmi Creations, London UK (morning ceremony); Elianna Moore (evening ceremony)
Hair & makeup: Inna and Marija, Spain
Cupcakes: Gillian Wylie
Favours: Custom lego belts
Flowers: Flores Vilaplana S.P
Invitations: Bespoke laser creations by Cutture London, UK
Wedding planner(s): Judit Abalau with Wedding Barcelona