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Traditional Sikh Wedding at the Bride's Home in Fingerlakes

A longtime admirer of Pakistani style, Ravneet knew she wanted to work with designers from the country for her ceremonial looks. “Traditionally, Indian brides wear red with lots of gold jewelry,” she said. “I knew I wanted something different. I wanted my clothes to be simple and elegant.” Design firm Elan helped her realize her vision.

Brides are also deviating from the typical accessories aspect as well – opting not to wear heavy jewellery or choora , which are traditional bracelets representing newlywed women, usually worn by Indian brides. Instead, she opted for diamond stud earrings, a tiara from Maria Elena Bridal and a gold bracelet from her mother’s wedding.

Since her clothes are heavy and she knows she will be Ravneet standing most of the day, chooses to wear traditional Punjabi juttis (embroidered flats) from Needledust ) form flats instead of heels for comfort. Meanwhile, the bride’s hair and makeup are done by her cousin, Nav. “Similar to my outfit, I want my makeup to complement my outfit,” says Ravneet.

For the Armish look, the couple teamed up with designer Mohsin’s MNR Design Studio Naveed Ranjha to turn their idea into a reality that exceeded expectations. “We wanted his clothing to bring together two distinct Sikh spirits: warrior and royalty. We were inspired by Sikh warriors and generals from the Sikh Empire, such as Hari Singh Nalwa and Jassa Singh Ahluwalia,” Ravneet explained. “Mohsin Naveed Ranjha is brilliant, thoughtful and extremely creative – he can turn a vague idea into an incredible work of art.”

The couple Married at the end of August in a traditional Sikh ceremony called Anand Karaj, which means the happy union of two souls. “The union is done by four laavans, where the bride and groom bypass the Guru Granth Sahib, our bible,” Ravneet said. “We have verses associated with each phera around Guru Granth Sahib, describing the stages of marital love and the importance of weddings. In Sikhism, one’s ideal life is neither abstinence nor abstinence, It’s a balanced life. It’s a celebration of love, life and joy. During the ceremony, we felt an unusual sense of calm. We all know how important the ceremony is to each other and to our families. We finally took the step Commitment to take the first step in the same life path.”

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