9 Multicultural Weddings that Highlight the Joy of Bringing Together Communities

9 Multicultural Weddings that Highlight the Joy of Bringing Together Communities

Your wedding is a chance to get creative and think about how you and your partner want to represent yourselves to family and friends while including those special to you. Here are nine weddings that combine different aspects of the couples’ cultures as they adapt the traditional into something unique and unforgettable.

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Real Couples // An Indian Wedding with Nods to Filipino Culture: Ronjay + Sonia

Real Couples // An Indian Wedding with Nods to Filipino Culture: Ronjay + Sonia

We had a traditional Indian wedding. Growing up I always dreamed to have an Indian wedding, wearing the beautiful dresses and having beautiful ceremonies. I didn't realize what extent these traditions went to, which got frustrating at one point, but it was all worth it at the end! As the bride, my wedding time frame with all the ceremonies (Jagoo, Miyan and Henna night) consisted of four days in total, where some brides celebrate anywhere from four to seven days! I was happy with just four days.

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Real Couples // A Storybook Wedding: James + Gloria

Real Couples // A Storybook Wedding: James + Gloria

James and Gloria met in University in a Chinese class. They had their wedding in one of the most beautiful venues in Edmonton, the Hotel MacDonald. The ceremony room is so beautiful that it looks like a picture from a fairytale story book. It was a rainy day, but thank goodness the venue is so beautiful and we were able to take lots of formal photos indoor. The tea ceremony took place right after the ceremony in the Hotel MacDonald. Their wedding cake by Art of Cake was so gorgeous. James and Gloria were such a cute and down-to-earth couple and I feel so lucky to be part of their big day.

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Real Couples // Classic Downtown Edmonton Wedding: Crystal + Jimmy

Real Couples // Classic Downtown Edmonton Wedding: Crystal + Jimmy

Crystal and Jimmy met in the gym. Jimmy approached Crystal to show her how to use a piece of equipment, and that's how it all started. Crystal and Jimmy even decided to do their engagement session in the gym where they met, as that's a special place to them.

Crystal is the most down-to-earth bride that I have ever worked with. She is easy going and relaxed. For instance, she prioritized comfortable shoes for her and her maid of honor to wear on the wedding day, as comfort is very important to her. Jimmy is East Indian, and Crystal adopted the tradition of getting henna hand painting for the wedding.

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Real Couples // A Traditional Canadian Wedding with Caribbean and African Flare: Julie + Kevin

Real Couples // A Traditional Canadian Wedding with Caribbean and African Flare: Julie + Kevin

Julie and Kevin met in Edmonton during High School. Some like to call them High School sweethearts, although they didn't start their relationship until they entered University. It was important to them to host the wedding in their vibrant hometown, surrounded by their community, family and friends. Julie and Kevin’s vision was to have a traditional wedding (church ceremony, reception, dance party) that had a mix of cultural elements. With Julie's mother from Trinidad and father from Ghana, they were thrilled to include Caribbean dancers and African drummers as part of their celebration.

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