July 2017 Ceremony & Banquet held at Riverlands Equestrian Facility Winner BC Wedding Awards 2017 - Best Wedding Event Planning Featured in WEDLUXE Magazine Summer/Fall 2018
Morning preparations at The Fairmont Chateau, Whistler
While the stage was set for their arrival Including a custom built Seikh Temple and a Banqueting tent for 270 guests
The wedding parties arrive at Riverlands Equestrian Facility
Sikh weddings are traditionally called Anand Karag - "Blissfull Union"
The two sides of the family greet each other with 'Waheguru Ji Ka, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh bestowing blessings upon each other
In epic Sikh storytelling tradition, the Groom poses as a Warrior, arriving on a shining white Stallion, to sweep his Princess Bride off her feet (accompanied by bagpipes in this case - owing to his Scottish heritage!)
The marriage ceremony takes place in the holy presence of Guru Granth Sahib - the Sikh scripture of 1,434 pages of poetic hymns
In the holy presence of the Guru Granth Sahib the Bride and the Groom sit side by side facing the holy book Hymns are sung and prayers are offered to the couple's parents and the couple themselves
The ceremony continues with the Groom wearing a sash over his shoulder with the other end placed into the hands of the Bride to symbolize their union The priest reads four more stanzas from the holy text
The ceremony concludes with the singing of four lavan - hymns and One final reading of a hymn before Karah Pasad sweets are given to everyone present
The now Married couple greet friends and family
The wedding party enjoyed a Celebratory Banquet of Eastern and Western delights
During the banquet guests enjoyed a Dressage demonstration performed by Rollo, Winner of the Canada Cup, ridden by Riverlands trainer, Wes Schild and wedding photos commenced...