AMBIKA AND RYAN

October 2020, January 2021, February 2021

A multi-cultural celebration across time and circumstance.

“In Chinese mythology, there is a belief that two people who are destined to marry are bound by an invisible red thread that will bring them together – regardless of place, time, or circumstance. Being a half-Chinese ‘South boy,’ Chinese culture has been an important part of my life despite growing up in a predominantly Western society. For me, honour, tradition, and family are very important. So, it is no surprise that my red string was bound to Ambika – a Hindu ‘North girl’ who holds dear the same value of family and tradition.

Sharing many mutual friends and even attending the University of the West Indies around the same time would have given us ample opportunities for a ‘near meeting’ but in true 21st century love-story fashion, it would be conversations on social media that would eventually bring us together. On the 21st of December 2018, I proposed to her on the Great Wall of China, during a trip to my ancestral home.

Ambika wholly embraced my culture and was a firm advocate for celebrating it in our union, in addition to our already mixed faith marriage. We had initially hoped to do everything in July 2020, but the pandemic had other ideas. As such, we had three ceremonies strewn over time – whenever ‘lock down’ measures permitted. Fortunately for us, we are blessed with the best family, friends and vendors that allowed us to make this possible. We had:

  1. A traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony on the 11th of October 2020.
  2. A traditional Hindu wedding on the 30th of January 2021
  3. A Traditional Catholic wedding and Chinese Reception on the 7th of February 2021.

We are thrilled to share them with you as we celebrate our official one-year anniversary. True love knows no limits and transcends all circumstances; a wedding – far less three – may not. Ambika and I are eternally grateful to all involved in making the celebrations of our union possible and an unforgettable series of events. Thank you!”- Ryan
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Hindu Wedding

Location:
Lakshmi Narayan Temple 

Bride’s Clothing and Accessories:
Rajendra Sahadeosingh Designs 

Groom’s Clothing and Accessories:
Rajendra Sahadeosingh Designs

Bridal Hair and Make-up:
Vashti Ram M.U.A. 

Mehndi:
Mehndi’s Zen

Photography and Videography:
Karimah-Clinton Wedding Films

Live Streaming:
SSR Productions

Decor:
Events by Renaldo

Food & Dessert
Namaste India Restaurant
The Little Store Ltd

Dancers:
Prema Shakti Dancers

Musicians:
San Juan Youngsters Tassa Group SOHAM Group

Transport and Limousine:
Transport Solutions Limited

Vivaah Sanskar Video:
Ryan and Ambika’s Wedding Trailer #1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqCKSyE-Ev4)

 

 

Catholic Wedding

Location:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, San Fernando

Officiant:
Fr. Martin Sirju

Bride’s Clothing and Accessories:
Custom Order via Alibaba.com
Beloved Bridal

Bridal Party’s Clothing and Accessories:
Salisa Coltest
Ashfashions Limited

Groom’s Clothing and Accessories:
Ram Mohess Tailoring, San Fernando

Groomsmen’s Clothing and Accessories:
Ram Mohess Tailoring, San Fernando.

Bridal Hair and Make-up:
Vashti Ram M.U.A. 

Bridesmaids’ Hair and Make-up:
The Beauty Lodge
Ishara Motilal

Photography and Videography:
Karimah-Clinton Wedding Films 

Decor:
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, San Fernando

Ceremony Video:
Ryan and Ambika’s Wedding Trailer #2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFX4O9zrNzs)

 

Chinese Tea Ceremony

Location:
Mahogany Ridge Bed and Breakfast

Bride’s Clothing and Accessories:
Custom Order via Alibaba.com

Groom’s Clothing and Accessories:
Custom Order via Alibaba.com

Make-up:
Vashti Ram M.U.A. 

Photography and Videography:
Karimah-Clinton Wedding Films 

Tea Supplies:
Chen’s Fortune Store
Sincere’s Grocery

Tea Ceremony Video:
Ryan and Ambika’s Tea Ceremony (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leS2gYXB-NA)

Chinese Themed Wedding Reception

Location:
V’s Plaza Hotel Conference Centre and Banquet Hall

Bride’s Clothing and Accessories:
Custom Order via Alibaba.com

Bridal Party’s Clothing and Accessories:
Salisa Coltest

Groom’s Clothing and Accessories:
Custom Order via Alibaba.com

Groom’s men Clothing and Accessories:
Ram Mohess Tailoring, San Fernando.

Bridal Hair and Make-up:
Vashti Ram M.U.A.  (https://www.vashtiram.com/)

Bridesmaids’ Hair and Make-up:
The Beauty Lodge (https://tinyurl.com/bdc6kr46)
Ishara Motilal

Photography and Videography:
Karimah-Clinton Wedding Films
Guanfranco Wedding Photography and Films

Decor:
Desiu Manufacturing and Trading Company Ltd.
V’s Plaza Hotel Conference Centre and Banquet Hall
Wendy and Francesca Pestana
Ray and Rekha Rampersad

Cake:
Francesca Pestana  

Food and Bar:
Dim Sum King Chinese Restaurant and Bar (https://www.facebook.com/dimsumkingrest)
V’s Banquet Hall and Conference Centre

Desserts:
The Chocolate and Vanilla Cakery

Tokens and Gifts:
Chen’s Fortune Shop
Desiu Manufacturing and Trading Company Ltd.
Francesca Pestana

Lion Dancers:
Chinese Arts and Culture Society.

Fan and Ribbon Dancers:

Helina and Natalia, Chinese Arts and Culture Society

Transport and Limousine:
Transport Solutions Limited

Reception Video:
Ryan and Ambika’s Wedding Trailer #2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFX4O9zrNzs)

 

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