Priya Mal and Todd Howell first met in grade nine. Priya was waiting to pick up her brother, and Todd made a beeline for her from across the street, full of charm. “He’s always been a man to go directly for what he wants, even when he was a boy,” she says. Wanting a blend of Christian and Indian wedding traditions, four days before the wedding Priya’s mother threw the couple a Mehendi party, where the bride wore a traditional lengha and Indian jewellery, and had henna done on her hands and feet; not to be left out, Todd also had Priya’s name applied on his left palm.
According to tradition, the darker a bride’s mehendi turns out the happier she will be---Priya’s turned a deep burgundy, “so the omen was indeed what we forecast and hoped for all along.” During the feast, her brother Andy performed a bhangra dance and the bride and groom were blessed with gifts of sweet luddoos, garlands of gold and bills, while surrounded by dozens of white and red roses, from Priya’s father.
The couple kept their wedding intimate, surrounded by family in St. James’ chapel. Priya wore a traditional gown to the ceremony, and then changed into her bridal sari and Indian jewellery for dinner. The jewellery was especially meaningful. It was given to Priya by her sister Anita, who had passed away the year before: “I felt her love and presence there with me through the whole of the day.”
photography by Heather Crosby Gionet, This is Photography
Dress Felicity Bridal
Veil Malis Henderson
Hair Anne Watkins, Life Salon Spa
Makeup Andrea McLean
Groom’s clothing Calvin Klein
Venue St James Anglican Church, All Souls Chapel
Caterer Five Fishermen
Cake Scanway Catering
Flowers Priya’s “Auntie,” Jamila Bannerjee
Music Dr. David Wilson
Invitations Duly Noted Stationary
Number of guests 30