Juli & Amit | Part 1 : Punjabi Indian Blessing
I'm enjoying reliving and sharing these weddings and shoots with you all. Blogging about the weddings gives me a chance to share more about the couple and their stories, their style and all that their wedding day entailed.
Juli and Amit come from very different cultural backgrounds. Juli grew up in Boston in a very Irish Catholic family (she even took Irish dancing lessons when she was younger) and now is a pediatric nurse in Boston. Amit is East-indian, was born in Africa and lived many places growing up, his family settled in Canada and he attended UCC in Cork for Medical College. He fell in love with Ireland during his studies and developed quite a strong Corkonian accent which he still has to this day! After he completed his degree, he landed a job at a Boston hospital where Juli happened to work and this is where they first met. They dated for two years and Amit proposed in gorgeous St. Lucia!
Doonbeg Lodge (now Trump International Golf Links) is one of my favourite places in Ireland. The beautiful scenery of the west coast, the gorgeous interior of the hotel itself and the accommodating staff who really provide five star service make this a wonderful venue to get married at. Juli and Amit decided this would be the place to to combine Juli's Irish heritage and Amit's love for Ireland to merge their cultures and families and have a destination wedding! They decided to make it a two day event: Day 1, a traditional Punjabi Indian Blessing and celebration & Day 2, a traditional Irish Catholic Wedding ceremony and reception.
Amit's family brought over many of the colourful and beautiful outfits from London, as well as made the traditional Indian refreshments for after the blessing. Juli and Amit's outfits were custom made in Toronto and the mandap was constructed by Ireland's own florist, Ann Marie O'Leary. Amit's grandmother gave the blessing in Punjabi and afterwards the couple and their guests enjoyed Indian refreshments in the courtyard. That night they welcomed their guests to a fusion Welcome Dinner / Mehndi Party, complete with Indian cuisine, Henna painting, Bollywood music and loads of dancing. Katie Stoops and Naz Films flew over from the USA to capture it all beautifully!
CREDITS: Venue: Trump International Golf Links & Hotel , County Clare | Photography: Katie Stoops / Photography Assistance : Naz Melconian / Event Planning & Design : Alise Taggart / Day-of Coordination: Alise Taggart / Floral Design: Ann Marie O'Leary / Mandap Design: Ann Marie O'Leary / Traditional Indian Attire: Custom-made in Toronto, Canada / Linens: Gotcha Covered / Chivari Chairs : Corporate Hospitality / Hair & Make Up: White Horses Spa