When Harleen Mann first met Yuvraj Grewal, it wasn’t necessarily love at first sight. But as the couple began to get to know one another and learned more about their families’ rich Indian culture, the butterflies began swirling in Harleen’s stomach. “I was attracted to his personality,” Harleen says. “We’re complete opposites. I’m talkative; he’s very quiet. But he was raised with the same cultural values and spoke my language as well.” For their Southern California wedding, the Tucson, Arizona–based couple honoured these common values with an extravagant week-long celebration, which culminated with a traditional Sikh wedding at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village and a Western-style reception the following day at Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills (A Four Seasons Hotel).
The Traditions: As with most Indian weddings, Harleen and Yuvraj’s families hosted various traditional events over the course of several days. A festive Sangeet party kicked off the affair, followed by a mehndi on the second evening, during which henna was applied to the bride and groom. On the third night, the main Sangeet featured a dance-off between the couple’s families and a performance by Nindy Kaur, a London-based Punjabi singer flown in for the wedding. The fourth and final event before the ceremony was the vatna, when family and friends rubbed turmeric on the couple’s arms. It’s “supposed to make you glow for the next day,” explains Harleen.
The Scene: The couple chose not one but two Four Seasons properties for their celebration, beginning with a traditional Sikh wedding ceremony at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. To ensure their ceremony went off without a hitch, the couple rented out the entire property, and Southern California–based planners Nikki and Madiha Khan of Exquisite Events transformed it into an ultra-romantic setting: Rose petals were scattered throughout the property, pops of floral colour—green hydrangeas, and roses in orange, lavender and pink—showed at every turn, and flowing white linens hung from the outdoor ceremony tent. During the baraat—the groom’s arrival via horse and carriage—rose petals were dropped from a helicopter to welcome guests. Harleen made her grand entrance carrying a bouquet of hydrangea and roses. “It was beautiful,” the bride says of the ceremony, which took place at the Hotel’s waterfall. “I’ve never seen a wedding like that.”
The Bride Wore: For the traditional Sikh wedding, Harleen wore a stunning bright coral gown, embellished with thousands of crystals, by esteemed Indian designers Anjallee and Arjun Kapoor. “As soon as I wore it, I felt like a queen,” says Harleen. Jimmy Choo peep-toe heels, custom jewellery and a coral veil with delicate lace trim completed her elegant look.
The Reception: The final event of the wedding celebration, a Western-style reception, took place in the ballroom of Beverly Wilshire. Nikki and Madiha Khan created a chic and luxurious atmosphere to celebrate Harleen and Yuvraj’s nuptials, incorporating a colour palette of purple, pink and red in the dramatic setting. Oversized centrepieces boasting a bounty of roses served as the focal point for tables swathed in plum-coloured ruffled satin linens and covered by a modern glass top. Guests savoured traditional Indian fare before Harleen, in a custom lehenga by Anjallee and Arjun Kapoor, and Yuvraj, wearing a suit by Tom Ford, enjoyed their first dance as husband and wife—a waltz that was choreographed especially for them. Later in the evening, guests enjoyed a special performance by the former U.K.-based bhangra pop band RDB.
Photography Lin & Jirsa
Event Planning Exquisite Events