Real Weddings


As true city dwellers and Canadians, Raveen and Suvin chose downtown Toronto as the location for their Indian Gatsby wedding. The sangeet (evening of song and dance) was transformed into a mela (fair) with henna stations, palm readers. While the next day at the ceremony, the baraat (the groom’s procession) included the traditional groom entering on a horse, with two additional horses for his brother-in-law and best man. The ceremony took place on a platform in the pond at dusk under the city lights, followed by a cocktail reception with a live band. The bridal party jumped in the water for the last song. The night concluded with a sparkling sendoff into an NYC taxi.

Raveen and Suvin hosted a Great Gatsby-themed reception the night after the ceremony. The affair was elegant and upscale but still filled with excitement, including a photo booth, a biography video of the bride and groom, party masks, a bongo drummer, and dancing late into the night. To keep with the golden Gatsby theme, every treat on the grand, sweet table was made with a little sparkle: cake pops, cookies, cupcakes, glitter doughnuts, rock candy sticks, popcorn, brownies, and more! Dave Abreu Photography magnificently captured the entire celebration.

Photography: Dave Abreu Photography | Planning: Arora Wedding & Event Planning | Florist: Flowers Unlimited | Invitations/Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Makeup & Hair: Amplified Soul (Sangeet and Ceremony), Victoria Radford (Reception) | Bride: Payal Singhal (Sangeet Outfit), CTC West (Ceremony Outfit), Bombay Trendz (Reception Outfit) | Groom: Shantanu and Nikhil (Sangeet Outfit), CTC West (Ceremony Outfit), Black Label, Ralph Lauren (Reception) | Sweet Table: Sweet Celebrations | Catering: En Ville Catering (Sangeet), The Host (Ceremony and Reception) | Entertainment (Reception): Marko Bongo (bongo drum), Sammy V (violinist), Asad (pianist), DJ Double AA | Entertainment (Ceremony): The Grind | Videographer: Bigger Boat Productions | Sangeet Venue: Steam Whistle Brewery | Ceremony Venue: Roy Thompson Hall | Reception Venue: The Ritz Carlton