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Jesreen and Karan’s Cultural Wedding in India
After a long engagement, Jesreen and Karan tied the knot in not one, but two wedding celebrations held over a month-long period in Singapore and India. Their gorgeously vibrant wedding in India is a mesmerising celebration of culture and tradition. Get in on the fun, and look out for their beautiful Singapore nuptials in the second part of their wedding feature.
Jesreen Sidhu, 27 & Karan Tuli, 30
16-18 April 2014
The Venue: Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi
The Makeup Artist and Hairstylist: Anjum Bhardwaj
The Photographers: Ramit Batra; Kelly Lemon Photography
How did the two of you meet?
Jesreen: We met at a bar in Singapore. Karan was still studying in New Zealand at the time while I was in university in Singapore. We reconnected six months later when he completed his studies and took our time getting to know each other. Karan proposed three years into the relationship.
Do tell us all about the proposal!
Jesreen: It was a casual Sunday evening and Karan said he felt like a burger for dinner, which was nothing out of the ordinary. When we got to Plaza Singapura, he suddenly changed his mind and suggested going across the road to Giraffe, where we had our very first date. I thought nothing much of it. When we got there, a small group of our family and close friends were already there. I still didn’t connect the pieces. It was a little bit of a blur from then on. He got down on one knee and said that he knew I was the one from the very first day we met. It only then hit me that he was going to propose. Of course, I said yes. We enjoyed a long engagement as Karan was shuttling between Hong Kong and Singapore because of his job. We set a date for the wedding three years after the engagement after his job took him permanently to Hong Kong.
You had two wedding celebrations, didn’t you?
Jesreen: We’re of two different religious faiths; Karan is Hindu and I’m Sikh. We kicked off the wedding celebrations in a four-day affair in New Delhi, India, where we did all the pre-wedding festivities, followed by the Hindu rites of marriage and a dinner reception. It was grand, magical, colourful, yet traditional. Karan entered the grounds on a white horse, a sword in hand, followed by an entourage of a band … everything you would expect in an Indian wedding. We then did the Sikh rites, followed by the solemnisation and dinner reception in a two-day affair in Singapore two weeks later. We both recall the month-long celebrations as a never-ending party.
Were there any moments in your weddings that were particularly special to you?
Karan: The amount of love and support that we received from our family and friends leading up to the wedding and during the festivities itself was extremely moving. We had people travel from all parts of the world, and that too for two destinations. It was a huge display of love and friendship on so many levels.
Which was your favourite part of the month-long celebrations?
Jesreen: Personally, the solemnisation at The Rocks, Shangri-la Sentosa, was the most emotional for me, despite it being the last ceremony. Karan played the guitar to a song that meant something to us, as I walked in with my parents. We then recited our vows we had written for each other. It was all very emotional and intimate.
Credits: First four images of couple’s engagement session by Kelly Lemon Photography; feature image and other images by Ramit Batra.
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