It was the most amazing day ever. Our insanely talented and super awesome photographer even said it was the calmest wedding day he's ever been a part of, now that's a huge compliment given the hundreds of weddings he's done. It truly was a day to remember and if you've ever had a wedding, I'm sure you'd say the same about your wedding day! Sean and I dated for seven years, got engaged last year, and celebrated our wedding on August 24th, 2012. We smiled for the cameras, danced, laughed, ate, drank, and were the merriest we could ever be!
We decided to have a small wedding (by Guyanese standards that is) with 106 guests. The hardest part of all of this was certainly the guest list, but we stood our grounds. We invited the people that meant the most to us, friends and family members that were an active and positive part of our lives, and those we knew would genuinely be happy for us. It was a wonderful day had by all and we were so happy to have all the people we love celebrating with us.
I spent most of the summer planning all the little details and working on a few DIY projects to add my personal touch. We also had a small Hindu ceremony to honor my religion and invited just close friends and family. Planning a wedding is certainly stressful especially when you realize the wedding is more for family members than it is for the bride and groom! We even went back and forth on making a decision on whether we wanted to have a wedding or not, because after all, you don't need to have a wedding to be married right? We decided to have a wedding because there was so much to celebrate; our accomplishments, overcoming challenges, new beginnings, families uniting, and most importantly, love. I really don't want to get too cheesy here, but it's not everyday you find someone that is supportive of your every goal in life, continuously tries to make you a better person, and sticks with you through all the challenges life poses. I am very thrilled to share this with you all, I hope you enjoy the photos, why don't we start with the invitations!
During the research phase of finding an invitation, I was shocked at how expensive they were in general. I was also shocked at the price people pay to invite someone to their wedding. Now if you look at this at face value, you'll realize that all your guests need this invitation for is the date and the address of your wedding. The invitation being pretty is just an added bonus. I didn't want to break the bank on invites, especially because there were so many other things that weighed heavier on the priority list that needed to be paid for. We went to three invitation vendors and looked at an invite that had shimmer cardstock paper, invitation mats, envelopes, and RSVP cards. Including all the printing, it was upwards of $600 for a set of 75, that's $8.00 an invite, for me this was pricey especially given how plain and generic they looked. I knew right away I was going to attempt to make my own invitations, they would be unique, handmade, and just the way I wanted them. I also knew I wasn't going to spend $600.
- Folded invitation cards (shimmer cardstock), customized 2x2 squares with our names, envelopes, and RSVP cards: Cards and Pockets
- Pearls, ribbons, glue: Michael's Arts & Crafts
- Printed invitation mat: A Printable Press
This is what my finished product looked like. You can't tell from the photo, but the colors throughout the invite are sand, ivory, and cream. Except the actual printed invite, the paper is all shimmer cardstock which is really pretty for a wedding or party invitation. These took me a few weeks to put together, but if you grab a few cousins and friends and set up an assembly line, you can get them done in a few days.
The invitation card came folded. I wrapped the ribbon around the entire invite and sealed it with a clear glue called Zip Dry which is great for use with paper. I did not glue the ribbon down on the inside left flap of the invite since this is where I placed the RSVP envelope. I glued the printed invite on the right side, let it dry, then embellished the cover with pearls and a customized 2x2 printed card with our names. I made each one different by off-setting the 2x2 card and either putting the ribbon in the center across the card or on the lower half of the card.
Overall, I was very pleased with how these turned out and most of all, I felt accomplished that I made something that looked like it costs more than $8 a piece. That's the power of DIY!
Our Wedding Day
Most brides spend months looking for their perfect gown. I found mine in one day. I chose a sweetheart neckline and something covered in lace. The dress looks white here, but it is actually ivory. It was perfect.
Meet Pastor Deebrah, such a wonderful man. I especially loved that he was very open-minded and respectful to the fact that this was an inter-faith marriage. He made us both feel very comfortable and assured us that we were making the right decision in getting married.
Our bridal party.
In this photo, we see Sean dancing his way across the dance floor to remove my garter. Because Sean is from Trinidad, the DJ felt so compelled to play this song for his performance. It was quite funny and I just could not stop cracking up!
And this is what we spent most of the night doing, just how I wanted it.
Photo from our Hindu Wedding
I chose to wear a burnt orange/dark peach color instead of red or yellow. My grandmother brought my jewelry and outfit from India, I was quite fortunate to have her in my life and with us in New York during this wonderful time.
and of course, what would a West Indian/Caribbean wedding be without it?
Until next time friends....
Hindu wedding photographer - Veda V. Photography
Veda is a good friend from college, check out her work, she's got a great eye :)
Christian wedding photographer - Jashim Jalal Photography
Jashim has become our friend through this process, he is fun, calm, cool, professional and really talented at his work.
Makeup Artist for both weddings - Danielle Gray, The Style and Beauty Doctor
Danielle will have you cracking up and excited the entire time she is doing your makeup. She is more than professional, no regrets here.
DJ- First Class Entertainment
Long time friend of mine Emille Rajnarain, professional, respectful, calm, and caters to the crowd, he will get recommendations from me for as long as he is a DJ!