A traditional Sikh wedding with a touch at the bride’s house in the Finger Lakes

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A longtime admirer of Pakistani style, Ravneet knew she wanted to work with a designer from the country for her formal look. “Traditionally, Indian brides wear red with lots of gold jewelry,” she says. “I knew I wanted something different. I wanted my outfit to be simple but elegant. Design house Elan helped bring his vision to life.

The bride also strayed from what is typical when it comes to accessories, choosing not to wear heavy jewelry or Choora, the traditional bracelets that represent a newly married woman and are commonly worn by Indian brides. Instead, she opted for diamond studs, a Maria Elena Bridal headpiece and her mother’s gold bracelet from her wedding.

Because her dress was very heavy and she knew she was going to be on her feet most of the day, Ravneet chose to wear traditional Punjabi style flat shoes. juttis (embroidered flats) of Needledust instead of heels for more comfort. The bride’s hair and makeup, meanwhile, were done by her cousin Nav. “Similar to my outfit, I wanted my makeup to complement the simplicity of my outfit,” says Ravneet.

For Armish’s look, the couple worked with MNR Design Studio, where designer Mohsin Naveed Ranjha turned their ideas into a reality that exceeded their expectations. “We wanted her outfit to incorporate the two distinctive Sikh spirits: warrior and royalty. We were inspired by Sikh warriors and generals of the Sikh Empire such as Hari Singh Nalwa and Jassa Singh Ahluwalia,” says Ravneet.” Mohsin Naveed Ranjha is talented, thoughtful and seriously creative – he can turn a vague idea into an incredible work of art.”

The couple married in late August in a traditional Sikh ceremony called Anand Karaj, meaning a happy union of two souls. “This union is completed by four laavan, where the bride and groom walk around the Guru Granth Sahib, our Holy Scripture,” says Ravneet. “Each phera, where we circle the Guru Granth Sahib, is associated with a verse that describes the different stages of marital love and the importance of a marriage. In Sikhism, a person’s ideal life is neither abstinence nor renunciation, but rather a balanced life. It is a celebration of love, life and joy. During the ceremony, we felt an unusual calm. We both knew the importance of the ceremony for each other as well as for our families. We were finally taking our first step by committing to follow the same path in life.

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