Multicultural Wedding Festivities
Yuriko & Ritesh’s Multi-Day and Multicultural Wedding
Being constantly exposed to different cultures is integrated into the Torontonian lifestyle. When it comes to marrying someone of a different background, wedding planning can get tricky! We’ve seen couples get creative with their wedding day, incorporating certain traditions and opting out of some to make it their own. Cultural obligations aside, let’s be real – the difficulty of planning a wedding is deciding which of the oh so many beautiful options to go with. From narrowing down the list of venue to the list of food items on the menu, how can anyone settle with a variety of options? Spoiler alert – Yuriko and Ritesh didn’t!
After years of being in a resilient relationship conquering distance and busy schedules, Yuriko and Ritesh made sure to celebrate their love their way. Just from Ritesh’s way of proposing to Yuriko over an elaborate brunch he prepared himself, we anticipated a grand wedding affair prepared by a team of vendors.
First on their agenda of celebrations was the sangeet party – an Indian tradition involving performances, food, and dancing. The concept of this tradition is to unite families on both sides with a night of fun, but Yuriko and Ritesh’s version wowed everyone in the process. Held in the Evergreen Brick Works, there was a lot of room to transform the space into a lavish party. Everything was gold – from the velvet couches to the tables and the stools it was a sight to treasure! Let’s talk about the things we don’t get to see very often like the swag bag station! We love the idea of guests being able to choose what they want to take home to remember the night with. Even for food, it’s not a common thing to have multiple caterers. They had a sake tasting bar, a grilling station, Indian street food, and Thai cuisine. It goes without saying that no one was hungry at the end of the night.
Multiday celebrations can be tricky since you don’t want one event to overshadow another. We must say that the wow factor kept coming back every time we entered another celebration. For the Hindu ceremony at the Royal Conservatory of Music, we were blown away by the garlands that were hanging above. With the wooden chairs, it created an intimate and serene garden space for Yuriko and Ritesh to tie the knot. The guest had more to eat with the lunch buffet set-up after the ceremony.
The reception was held at the Four Seasons Hotel later that evening. Elements from the two days were ever present and more! The gold made an appearance again, accenting everything while the foilage flourished even more. The unique seating chart caught our attention right away. It was a wall of fresh greenery with origami flowers which guests could admire while they find their names written in faux leaves. A copy of this wall, but with real flowers, was found as the backdrop of the sweetheart table. Speaking of unique, the floral arrangements for each table was one of a kind. Needless to say, our eyes were never bored!
We absolutely adore Yuriko and Ritesh. Individually they are equally kind-hearted, and together they just become the sweetest! They are the couple next door you just want to be friends with so you can be invited to their dinner parties, but you don’t even need to impress them because they’ll welcome everyone in their home anyway!
Planner – SpectacularSpectacular
Decor Designer – SpectacularSpectacular & Stemz
Venues – Evergreen Brick Works, Royal Conservatory of Music & Four Seasons Hotel
Hair & Makeup – Kanika Bhargava
Floral Design – Stemz & Paras Events Inc.
Bridal Gowns – Anita Dongre and Samant Chauhan
Groom’s Formal Wear – CTC West and Suit Supply
Stationery – Paper & Poste
Decor & Rentals – Detailz Couture, Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc, Around the Table, Chair-Man Mills
Catering – Cafe Belong, Sabai Sabai, Gujerati Foods & Four Seasons Hotel
Wedding Ring Bands – Mark Lash
Dance Floor – Dance Floor Decor
Videography – Corinne McDonald Films