Real Weddings: Ranjena & Scott

husband and wife on beach

What happens when an outgoing and big-hearted gal and her handsome, kind friend from university fall in love? The story of Ranjena and Scott’s is a classic one, with a unique twist, sprinkled with Bollywood rhythms and bursting with vibrant tropical colours.

In 2005, Ranjena and Scott began dating after having known each other from university in London, Ont. Staging his own homecoming, Scott took Ranjena back to London. After getting her up early and taking her to a number of their old hangouts in town, they ended up in Victoria Park. Scott got down on one knee and proposed to her under a blossoming tree. She said, “yes!”

An affair in the Riviera Maya
In January 2014, with a guest list 95 strong, Scott and Ranjena brought their families together for a special Sikh ceremony at the Barcelo Mayan Riviera Resort in Mexico.

The night before, the group participated in a traditional Sangeet party (a pre-wedding shower) where the women were treated to traditional Indian henna, Indian bracelets and hand-made foot jewellery. There was a traditional Mexican buffet, dancing and drinking to kick off the wedding celebrations.

Ranjena says her most memorable moment was, “When I first looked over at my husband during the ceremony in front of the Sikh holy book, surrounded by all of our family and friends.” From the foot jewellery made by Ranjena’s mother and grandmother to the hand-painted maracas in the table-settings, this wedding was truly unique, and incorporated beautiful elements of culture, class and colour.

“We chose the Barcelo because it was beautiful, reasonably priced, flexible, had great venues for the events we had planned, and had plenty of things to do for our guests of all ages,” says Scott.

Sticking with Sikh customs, “We had the groom arrive on a white horse with his family to a drum beat, greeted by the bride’s family. Both families exchanged flower garlands prior to entering the ceremony area,” explains Ranjeena.

When it was time for the wedding reception, which was held in the Barcelo Maya’s French Restaurant, a clean-shaven Scott and his bride, Ranjena, who had changed from her red and gold bridal lengha into her bridal gown, surprised all of their guests by breaking into a choreographed Bollywood dance immediately after their entrance.

Each guest left the celebrations with a custom-made beach bag from Oasis Bags, which included local snacks and drinks, beach toys for the kids, a wedding itinerary and trivia about the couple.

After dancing to their first song, Yellow by Coldplay, their union was sealed and forever had just begun.

Get their look

Ranjena’s gown: For the Sangeet party, a fushia sari by Raja Fashions. For the ceremony, a custom-made red and gold bridal lengha by Frontier Heritage. For the reception, an Essence of Australia Gown with lace and key-hole back by Becker’s Bridal.

Ranjena’s shoes: Silver peep-toe shoes from Michael Kors.

Scott’s outfit: For the Sangeet party, shirt and pants from Harry Rosen. For the ceremony, a traditional Indian suit from Men of India. For the reception, a black suit by Calvin Klein.

Rings: Ranjena’s ring was a diamond-studded white gold band, and Scott’s was a simple, white gold band.

Jewellery: For the ceremony, traditional Indian jewellery. For the reception, custom-made jewellery by Sassi Vogue.

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Close female family members and friends wore traditional Indian clothes in assorted bright colours.

Groomsmen attire: Close male family members and friends wore traditional Indian clothes and red turbans.

Favours: Local hot sauce and vanilla, as well as key chains for the kids.

Music: Scott’s sister played violin during the vows and cocktail hour, while the resort’s DJ kept the party going at the reception.

Flowers:  Garlands were local lilies and carnations. At tables we had red roses in vases with petals spread on top of the tables.

Photographer: Carolyn Higginson Photography.

Hair and makeup: Barcelo Maya Riviera Resort staff.

Stationery/Invitations: Stationary was either custom-made or ordered through Wedding Paper Divas. Our Save-the-date photo-strip magnets were done through Papel Lindo.

Catering: The lunch (Lungar) after the ceremony was prepared by family members in the resort kitchens. Food for the Sangeet (shower on the night before the ceremony), and the reception was prepared by the resort chefs.

Tips for brides and grooms
  • Expect the unexpected and try your best to roll with it.
  • Make sure to have a backup location in case of rain, but whatever happens, enjoy your day to the fullest.

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