Balsam Lake Fusion Wedding

Day One

Kelsey & Sunny planned the most memorable two day fusion wedding, merging their two family traditions into one incredible celebration. They kept the planning simple. Sunny wanted a horse. Kelsey wanted a low key ceremony & atmosphere. That is exactly what they did. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I pride myself with the ability to roll with what any wedding day throws at me. I must say, this was hands down the most exciting event I’ve ever photographed.

Day one started off with a laid back morning at the cottage. Kelsey’s family cottage, on the shores of Balsam Lake in central Ontario, was the perfect location for their ceremony. Sunny spent the morning getting ready with his groomsmen. Tying his turban and dressing in traditional Sikh attire complete with a sword. Kelsey chose to keep her low key day in mind and wore a stunning white gown.

Things got exciting right before the ceremony. Energy went through the roof when Sunny rode his decorated horse down the cottage lane-way led by a procession of dancing guests & family members. The procession ends when the two families meet. They exchange floral garlands to wear around their necks. These symbolize their acceptance of each other.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

“The 1st look was the most memorable. I just remember being in the cottage ready and dressed. Sunny was on the dock, and I was just so ready to go. My girls were trying to make sure all the right people were there to see. (Guests, my parents, my wonderful photographers, videographer, wedding planner etc) I didn’t think, or consider, or worry, I just walked to him. My bridesmaids had to run after me lol.”

Any wedding planning advice you’d like to share?

“Share the burden. If people offer to help, let them. It’s okay to take a hands off approach especially to the things that are less important to you. I let my mother-in-law completely choose the cake. She did an amazing job and I had one less thing to worry about.”

Tell us about your wedding day(s) fashion:

  • The White Dress is from The Gown in Newmarket, ON. It is a quaint shop with excellent help. It’s cozy and private with a wonderful selection.
  • The Rings: my engagement ring, wedding band as well as Sunny’s wedding band were all made by a Toronto company that specializes in personal experiences, Be-jewelled.
  • My necklace was a gift from my late grandfather to my grandmother. She gifted it to my mother who gave it to me.
  • My hair: styled by Amber Bowins from Coboconk. She was wonderful, and I loved my hair. I would 100% recommend her.
  • My reception dress and Sunny’s outfits were made in India.

 

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Want to see more? Day Two: The Celebration can be seen here.