Vancouver Indian Fusion Wedding

I had the pleasure of joining Aleya & Mark for the Vancouver portion of their week-long fusion wedding extravaganza. I had already photographed their hilarious engagement session a few months before, so I knew this was going to be fun. They started with a “western” elopement in Tofino, then had 2 more days of traditional events (yet with their own non-traditional flair) in Vancouver. I love how these two so perfectly blended the goal of honouring cultural and family traditions, while infusing the events with their own personalities. I’m personally a huge fan of honouring the traditions what mean something to you, and know why you’re doing them. But also updating or leaving out the parts that don’t. 

This will be a photo-heavy post, including both celebrations! The Thursday began with the Mandvo and Henna night party.

I’ve photographed many different traditions over the years, but this was the first time I’ve seen the 4 pineapples. 4 men, often the bride’s uncles, take turns placing a pineapple in each corner of the room before the festivities begin. It’s said to be a symbol of protection for the couple. The rest of the night included a lot of laughter…and a lot of rice to clean up.

Day 1

pineapple wedding tradition

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henna night photography, wedding mandvo

munira's mehndi vancouver

munira's mehndi vancouver, henna night


Now on to Day 2!

We started with the couple and their friends getting ready at the hotel. And being resourceful photographers, managed to find a nice quiet spot of the busy/unattractive parking lot for their first look. After their adorable hello, we made our way up to Burnaby Mountain for some portrait time and bubbly. 

 goddess beauty studio vancouver hair and makeup

goddess beauty studio vancouver getting ready photos

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   bhatia fashions sherwani

groom getting ready photos

british groom in indian wedding attire

groom helping groomsmen get ready

groom and groomsmen portrait at vancouver fusion wedding


hotel parking lot first look wedding

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bride and groom first look, fusion wedding in vancouver

fun wedding party portraits burnaby mountain

non-traditional indian wedding portraits

indian bridesmaids spinning portrait

2 of my favourite photo elements in one place! Uncontrollable giggles and colour!


What aammmaaaazing henna art by Munira’s Mehndi

modern indian bridal portrait



 wedding champagne toast

 quirky bride and groom champagne pop at vancouver wedding


burnaby mountain wedding photos

 bride and groom portrait burnaby mountain wedding

non-traditional indian wedding, burnaby mountain couples portraits

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Pretty sure at this point I said, “Mark, can you get her to laugh?” A good butt grab obviously does the trick.

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royal palace banquet hall wedding

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neet's treats wedding cake vancouver

wedding cake cutting neet's treats


Aleya & Mark were so happy with how everything went, that they submitted their wedding to the Cultural Wedding Planner. We were thrilled to be featured in their 2019 guide! That thing is a beast of a textbook full of resources!  

 cultural wedding planner vancouver

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