“We got to know each other at a school camp but lost touch over the years. In 2011, we rekindled our friendship via Facebook, and fell in love,” says Dasreena.
“I proposed to Dasreena after dating for two years while she was sipping her latte in a cafe one Saturday,” says Ish. “It was quiet and just between us.”
In Sikh weddings, the groom’s family plans the reception while the bride’s family takes charge of the temple wedding.
Dasreena says, “My friends and family managed most of the logistics, and the planning and execution turned out to be pretty seamless. I am so grateful for all the help.”
“Also, we were honoured that the Minister of Law, Mr K. Shanmugam was kind enough to join us for our celebration,” says Ish. (Dasreena’s sister is an active grassroots member in the Nee Soon GRC.)
“In fact, many of our extended families met each other for the first time during our wedding celebrations, making it a particularly memorable time for all.”
The car decor included this turban that was thought up of by the groom’s father and brother.
Traditionally, a Sikh groom must wear a sehra or headdress with hanging garlands that cover his face, and carry a sword. And he is accompanied by his sarvala – a single younger male whose duty is to protect him.
Their attire was made in India
In a Sikh wedding ritual, the palla or wedding shawl tethers the bride and groom, symbolising their life-long bond as well as the physical and spiritual union of their souls with each other and the divine.
“Our wedding lunch took place the day after the temple ceremony at The Fullerton Hotel’s Straits Room.
Our friends and family prepared passionate performances and speeches; even Dasreena’s best friend, who could not attend, recorded her speech to us,” shares Ishvinder.
“It was a rollercoaster of emotions for me that ended in utter happiness,” Dasreena adds.
A nifty blackboard listed the seating arrangements for the reception.
The newly-weds walked under an arch of swords during their first march-in.
Dancing into the reception room for their second entrance.
Many of their friends and family put on rousing performances.
Sikh Temple Wedding: Gurdwara Sahub Yishun (6753-4607); lunch reception: The Straits Room at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore (6733-8388)
Wedding gown: French Wedding (www.frenchwedding.com.sg); suit: The Assembly Co. (6336-3639)
Andrea Holscher Razali (www.facebook.com/
Bubbly J from Looks Studio (www.looks-studio.com)
Photography & Videography
Art by Esh (www.about.me/thaneswari); Sounqiue Decors (9858-4113)
Special Thanks To
Ish’s brother Harminder and Gurinder for planning and coordinating the wedding reception, the bridesmaids and cousins for dancing (what’s an Indian wedding without the dancing right?), Ratha for putting together a bouquet, Neville, Thinesh and Pavin for emceeing, Aunty Amar and the rest of the aunties for helping with the temple wedding logistics. Lastly, our dear parents who gave us all the love and support.