Negar and Mitchell knew each other for seven years before they became a couple. “We were acquaintances and friends over the years and we did work together for a short time. We started dating in September 2006 after we went on a group business trip together,” recalls Negar.
They were married four years later on April 2, 2010 at the Terminal City Club. The couple hired Soha Lavin of Countdown Events to plan their grand affair.
dressed like a princess
Negar wore a two-piece Monique Lhuillier gown. It had a crystal embellished bustier and a silk organza ballgown skirt. A silk white satin sash was tied around her waist with crystal flowers. The flowers were ordered especially from Monique Lhuillier and sewn onto the ends of the sash.
The ceremony was held in the President’s Room at the Terminal City Club. A custom aisle runner with the couple’s monogram printed in lilac was bordered with thousands of white and purple rose petals. Glass vases with petals and floating candles were placed along the edges of the aisle. At the end of the runner was a dramatic arch made of branches covered in purple hydrangeas, dahlias, roses, dendrobium orchids, mokara orchids and white cymbidium orchids.
The couple enjoyed two ceremonies to celebrate both of their cultures. “My mother and Soha did an amazing job of organizing the Persian Sofreh,” remembers Negar. (During a Sofreh, the bride and groom exchange wedding vows while sitting aside the sofreh aghd, a lavish Persian spread of symbolic items.)
Anchoring each table was a dramatic tree dripping in various kinds of orchids from Granville Island Florist. Each tree took three people one hour to set-up. Below were masses of flowers in similar hues and glass vases of varying heights with candles. Thousands of strands of crystals hung from the branches and glimmered in the candlelight.
A silver charger was placed at every setting along with a small white box tied with purple ribbon containing macarons from Ganache Patisserie.
With help from planner Soha Lavin, Negar ordered all of the linens and the chair covers for the reception from Wildflower Linens in California. “I rented the linens for over a week as I didn’t want to worry about shipping or customs delays especially since my wedding was on a holiday Friday. The table linens consisted of several layers—an amethyst sham, a chiffon lilac bustle, irridescent taffeta pacifica cap, as well as silver tassels and ties that were lilac, pacifica and amethyst. The Curly Willow chair covers at the gallery style table were chiffon lilac celine and flowed down the back of each chair with a ruffle detail,” remembers Negar.
The invitation inspired the cake design by Ganache Patisserie. The five-tier confection sat on a silver stand and featured a lilac Fleur de Lis, white and crystal sugar floral, cameos and sugar ribbon. The couple’s monogram completed the design.
About the Photographer Leanne Pedersen; Leanne’s 11 years experience photographing people has taken her to several countries and inside numerous cultures. Over the years she has had editorial and commercial works published across the globe. In 2004, her business grew when photographer and long time friend, Kyoko Fierro, joined the wedding division of her company. Together, their clients benefit an original, beautiful and classic approach to wedding photography. Their style is influenced by their love of fashion + cinema, truth + beauty. Leanne is based in Vancouver BC, but she shoots anywhere and everywhere.
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