Simran + Jyoti by Toria Frances Photography

As cliche as it sounds, “when you know, you know” is exactly how it was for us.

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

I’m a graphic designer based in the heart of England, whilst Simran is in real estate and lives in Beautiful British Columbia. We completely balance each other in terms of personality and he has honestly been my calm in many storms. Simran says I was his light during covid when everyone was cooped up inside.

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

We connected through a mutual friend during COVID-19 and spent just over a year speaking to each other before we finally got to meet in Vancouver. My friend had invited him to her wedding, and I was her Maid of Honour. Long distance is never easy, and not being able to fly because of COVID-19 made that even harder, but we wouldn’t change our story for the world.

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?

As cliche as it sounds, “when you know, you know” is exactly how it was for us. There was no exact/pivotal moment, but we had been speaking for a couple of months, and both felt deeply that we’d found what we were looking for. The only hard thing was waiting until we met each other in person to see if it was just the same, if not better, in real life.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

Every time we’re asked this question, it makes us laugh because it definitely did not go as Simran had planned, but we wouldn’t change it all. We had gone to visit our friend in California, who had originally introduced us, and Simran had arranged for him and me to go to Disney’s California Adventure Park on the day he planned to propose. Being a designer, I love the details and thoughts that go behind even the smallest thing, so as you can imagine, I was super excited. We were both super stoked to go on the Radiator Springs Ride and ended up getting to our dinner reservation overlooking the sea after the sun had already gone down. Simran ended up proposing practically in the dark but we had the most amazing food – the strawberry salad is still something we reminisce about.

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

The mood for our civil wedding was for it to be intimate. Both being Punjabi, we knew our traditional Sikh wedding would be a much larger affair and wanted this time to be as personal as possible. Style wise, I knew I wanted there to be elements of colour, so the amazing girls at The Bloom Project created some beautiful florals for us. The rest we kept modern and clean in keeping with the fact we had it in the city. Simran had a suit made bespoke and surprised me with having a special personalised lining.

What was one element you were happy to splurge on?

The one thing we splurged on is definitely our wedding bands. We had them created bespoke, and Simran had my birthstone put into his band to match my engagement ring, which has his. He designed all the rings himself with a Jeweller in Vancouver.

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?

It’s no secret I don’t really wear heels – let alone stilettos so trying to walk proved pretty painful. Definitely a pretty pair of shoes – as long as you’re only standing in them…

CEREMONY Leicester City Hall RECEPTION Private Home PHOTOGRAPHER Toria Frances Photography, @toriafrancesphoto STYLING Prabh Jote, @prabhjote FLORA The Bloom Project, @bloomprojectleicester CAKE The Cake Garden, @thecakegardenuk STATIONERY Designed by the Bride BRIDAL OUTFIT Asos, @asos SUIT Indochino, @indochino, @indochinoweddings RINGS Diamond Net, SHOES Badgley Mischka, @badgleymischkabride NECKLACE Lakhewale Jewellers, @lakhewalejewellers MAKEUP Fat Muzz, @fatmuzz10