My husband, Gagandeep Singh, and I come from different countries and cultures. We are both very family-oriented, and it was important to us that we spent plenty of time with family as we celebrated becoming one. We are so thankful to God for bringing our cultures together through two weddings, and we are excited to see what adventures life has in store for us.
On December 19, 2022, Gagandeep and I had a traditional Punjabi wedding in my husband’s homeland of Punjab, India. My mother, father, sister, and a close family friend flew to India to be a part of the big day and get immersed in the culture. All of the girls got henna tattoos before the wedding day. It is a tradition to put the groom's name somewhere in the henna tattoo. I chose to put Gagandeep’s name on my hands.
My wedding party consisted of Savannah Green (my sister), Parminder Kaur (sister-in-law), Kulwinder Kaur (Gagandeep’s aunt), and Liberty Chumley (close friend). Gagandeep’s groomsmen consisted of Sukhdeep Singh (his brother), Shaynideep Singh (cousin), Mandeep Singh (brother-in-law), and Shubhdeep Singh (cousin).
Sukhdeep, Mandeep, Satinderjit, and Shaynideep coordinated and helped ensure everything ran smoothly on the wedding day. Additionally, Mandeep Singh and Parminder Kaur were a huge help when it came to getting all the details of our attire for the wedding day. There were approximately 400 people who attended our wedding. My mother-in-law, Rajwinder Kaur, and brother-in-law, Sukhdeep Singh, made the day so beautiful and smooth by planning and picking everything for our special day. After all the women and I got ready, Sukhi drove us to the Gurdwara (church), where we did our Anand Karj (ceremony). At the Gurdwara, the bride's family enters first and sits in front of the Guru Granth Sahib(altar), then the groom and his family enter and have a seat. Shabad Kirtan (Holy Hymns) were sung as we made our four promises before God and family. The Anand Karj took place at the Gurdwara Singh Sabha Gurdaspur, and it went wonderfully.
After the ceremony, we held a reception at Crystal Farm Resort. The reception was so beautiful and colorful. The resort had everything decorated very nicely. The catering for the wedding was from many restaurants in Amritsar. There were around 300 traditional Punjabi and Indian dishes to choose from, and the food was absolutely delicious. There were many amazing parts of the day, but I think my favorite was dancing. It was so fun watching our loved ones enjoy dancing as we did. It is a fun tradition to throw money at the couple while dancing, and then the money goes as a tip to the DJ.
Once the reception ended, we went home to watch the fireworks set off by Sukhi and Shayni. We finished the night with a traditional ceremony called Panni Varna with Gagandeep’s mother. It was a sweet ceremony, and we are so grateful for everyone who participated in our big day. We chose to do a honeymoon to Dubai for a week before we headed back home to the states.
On January 30, 2023, we had our traditional Christian wedding in Cancun, Mexico. My husband and I wanted an intimate wedding with our closest people. Plus, it was also like another honeymoon because we were there for eight nights. We held the ceremony and reception at the Finest Playa Mujeres Resort. The ceremony was at the stone gazebo, and the reception was at the Dunas Deck. The cake had three tiers: red velvet on the top, strawberry in the middle, and vanilla on the bottom. My matron of honor was my sister, Savannah Green, and my bridesmaids were JoAnne Desselle, Stephanie Trujillo, and Jessica McDonald. Gagandeep’s best man was Biman Singh, and his groomsmen were Parvez Dhillion, Jaspreet Singh, and Jagmeet Singh. The whole day was magical. The ceremony was intimate and just perfect to me. I loved the moment of dancing with my husband to our wedding song Take The World by Johnnyswimms, because he has always said that it is me and him against the world. Getting to dance with my dad was an emotional moment where we shared memories of me growing up. The whole reception was such a blast dancing the night away with our people!
Both weddings felt like a vacation and gave us quality time with friends and family. We look forward to starting our lives together after two beautiful and intimate weddings.
Groom’s Parents:’ Names: Gurnam Singh and Rajwinder Kaur
Bride’s Parents’ Names: Shaunna and Hank Corbell
Vendors used in Punjab, India Wedding:
Hair and Make-Up: Face by Gauri
DJ: Super Sonic DJ
Photographer and Videographer: Chandan Clickart Photography
Wedding Dress: Best Bride Boutique in Punjab
Vendors used in Cancun, Mexico Wedding:
Wedding Coordinator: Hezel Solis
Decorations: Velvet Design
DJ: provided through the Finest Playa Mujeres Resort
Photography and Video: Tucks Photography
Wedding Dress: Happily Ever After Bridal Boutique
Veil: Gracyn Elizabeth Bride