Charissa and Sunir met through Sunir’s sister in 2001, but the couple didn’t re-connect and start dating until 2008. It was a long distance romance for the first six months with Charissa living in Houston and Norway before moving to Toronto in 2009.
After a whirlwind global courtship, Sunir proposed at the beautiful Mount Kenya Safari Club in Kenya in September 2011.
When they married, they said their vows before 400 guests. The Indian wedding ceremony took place at a private residence, while the glamorous black tie reception followed at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
The most magical part of the day was when the groom surprised his bride (and their guests) by arriving atop an elephant, causing a traffic jam along the way. “My shock and elation as I watched him ride in on an elephant was perfectly captured by the videographer and it remains a favourite memory,” says Charissa.
They also loved the full week of festivities leading up to their wedding ceremony. For a look inside their wedding, check out this video:
Photographer: Mike Day from The Art of Weddings
Ceremony location: Private Residence
Reception location: Royal Ontario Museum
Bridal gown: Vera Wang
Bridesmaid gowns: Nucreation
Bridal / bridesmaid accessories: Elsa Corsi
Hair & makeup: Faces by Carla
Band: Three’s Company
Cinematography/video: Konrad Czystowski from Freshsox
Wedding planner(s): Machel Reeves