You go to school to learn and set yourself up for a brighter future. Along the way, you make new friends and some of those friendships last a lifetime. You’re about to see a romantic Indian wedding of two beautiful people who became friends in high school, fell in love, and decided to spend the rest of their lives together.
Mandip and Shawn met in grade 9 and started dating a year later. Their bond grew stronger as the years went by and on one snowy winter day in December, Shawn popped the question in a very romantic way.
He asked the good folks at Capilano Suspension Bridge to let him setup his surprise proposal, when the park was closed during the day. He put up a “Marry me Mandip” sign on a tree and wired it with lighting around the letters. Then, he anxiously waited for the evening when the couple were to go see the Christmas lighting in the park.
They walked around for a bit and then Shawn pointed the sign out to her. Mandip had to read the sign out loud to figure out what was going on. Shawn was on one knee when she turned around and “the rest is history”.
As most girls often do, Mandip started planning her big day at a very young age. She knew that red wasn’t her colour so she focused her research on other colours and eventually decided on a beautiful outfit which dictated the theme for the wedding.
Shawn and Mandip were kind enough to share their wedding planning experience and gave excellent advice for brides and grooms who are in the planning stage themselves. Check out their interview below.
Mandip really wanted a picture at the train tracks to be in her wedding album. This shots looks right out of a Bollywood movie.
What was the most fun part of wedding planning?
“The most fun I had was going to pick out my outfits… its the part girls dream about.. and trying all the different styles and colours on is so much fun! – Mandip
“It was a rush. It was exciting and it connected us. We were a good team.” – Shawn
What was the most stressful part of wedding planning?
“Where to begin! If I had to pick one thing that was the most stressful it would have to be finalizing the guest-list” – Mandip
“Time management and vendor selection and really just the gruesome hours spent researching and planning.” – Shawn
What advice would you give to newly engaged couples about wedding planning?
“I would say don’t stress about the small stuff. Its easy to get caught up in trying to make others happy but dont forget its your day.. enjoy the wedding planning time.. it should be fun and exciting. ” – Mandip
“Plan a year ahead like we did. Use google docs and spreadsheets for proper financial management and tracking of dollars spent.” – Shawn