This is the first of three days of glamorous celebrations for Sohini and Jass’ amazing wedding! We have been greatly anticipating their wedding the whole year! Sohini & Jass are from Calgary and they decided to hold their wedding festivities in the Okanagan at Sparkling Hill Resort which boasts modern breathtaking architecture and over 3.5 million Swarovski crystals!
The day started off with Sohini’s henna party held in the serenity room at Sparkling Hill. We love this light-filled space with wall to ceiling windows and an all white décor which made all the stunning sari colours pop. After the gorgeous henna was applied, we headed to Gernots room at Sparkling Hill to photograph Jass’ Maiyan ceremony which is a pre-wedding purifying ceremony. Family rub a mixture of channa flour, turmeric powder, and mustard seed oil (vatna) on the groom which is thought to be a beautifying treatment before the wedding (very moisturizing for the skin and hair!). It’s definitely a light-hearted ceremony, with a bit of cheekiness, especially when some family members proceeded to douse Jass in vatna! After lots of laughter, Jass’ mother mixed the colourful rangoli design (which was set on the floor in front of Jass during the ceremony) with water and flour to make a paste and then applied it to a canvas (traditionally it would be applied to the outside wall of the house).
Later in the evening, guests were invited to a welcome cocktail party at the fireside lounge at Sparkling Hill. The dress code was black and white; however, Sohini & Jass, dressed in bright pink which made them pop. After lots of delicious food and cocktails, Sohini surprised Jass with an amazing dance. Sohini is a talented dancer, but this was the first time Jass actually saw one of her performances! The crowd loved every minute and continued the dancing and celebration (I’m sure) until way later in the night. It truly was a fantastic way to end off the first day. Coming soon…Day 2!
Jass’ Maiyan Ceremony (a pre-wedding ceremony that purifies the groom before marriage):
Cocktail Welcome Party (psst…including surprise dance from Sohini to Jass!!!):