Wanting an elopement instead of having a full wedding is very trendy these days. Kulvinder and Lawrence have been in a long-distance relationship of years. So now that they’re finally moving closer, they opted to keep things simple and have an elopement with this mini fusion wedding. See Lawrence lived in Ireland, while Kulvinder was an Indian living in Canada. They met on a business trip and kept in touch ever since. However, with travel fees being so high between the countries, they didn’t want to waste a lot with a big wedding. And let’s face it, Southasian weddings are pretty big events.
Instead, Kulvinder took Lawrence for a little tour of the city. While most couples pick a portrait site for their wedding photos, they picked a few. So their portrait session included the Distillery District, and the University of Toronto Campus to name a few. They had a simple first look at One King West Hotel where they both got ready. We did some photos with a lavish golden interior and then were off to explore the city.
The ceremony was at CIBO Wine Bar. It wasn’t really a wedding venue at all but they did have great food. And since there were only 20 guests attending, it was a perfect setting for this elopement. Kulvinder wore a traditional Indian bridal gown. It was light and golden. They weren’t really the type to enjoy being the centre of attention, so the full sparkly attire wasn’t for them. So instead of a 3-hour Hindu ceremony, they had a quick civil ceremony.
There was no aisle to walk down. Instead, they simply began at the head of the table ready to go. There was no alter or formal decor. Just the two of them with an officiant. The words recited during the ceremony revolved around honouring each other’s cultures but focusing on what makes them similar. So instead of having two religious ceremonies, they would create a new faith together. They exchanged personal vows and married in front of a mix of their families. It wasn’t a bride’s side and groom’s side, but rather one big family table. All in all, this entire experience took about three hours. And most of it involved travelling between locations. After it was all over, they were able to spend the rest of their together. Something they were long overdue.
This wedding was a referral from Courtney and Lony’s elopement I photographed last year. If you’re looking for inspirations on your own elopement, it may give you some great ideas.