It was at Queen’s University during Romaana’s frosh week that Romaana and Ali met. Romaana was the fresh faced frosh and Ali was the dashing 4th year senior. Neither of them were looking for a relationship but when they met, it was love at first sight and they were inseparable.
After completing her final law school exams at the University of London in the U.K., Ali surprised Romaana with a weekend getaway to Paris. Knowing Romaana’s eagerness to get engaged, since they had been together since 2003, Ali found numerous ways to tease Romaana into thinking that he was about to propose, such as getting down to tie his shoelace at lunch and taking her on a romantic stroll through the Gardens of Versailles. Finally, napping through their dinner reservation (where the actual proposal was supposed to occur) Ali took Romaana to the Eiffel Tower, and bullied her into climbing the stairs up the tower exclaiming, “didn’t you have a trainer all summer?”. The moment happened when they finally reached the viewing platform after climbing 674 stairs. With onlookers clapping, Romaana accepted Ali’s proposal at the top of the most romantic city in the world.
WedLuxe: How did you personalize your wedding day?
Romaana: As guests walked in, they were immediately drawn to the centre table in the foyer where wehad collected pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days. Guests were encouraged to guess who each couple was. Console tables around the cocktail area were adorned with framed pictures of us as children with our siblings.
WedLuxe: What was your biggest splurge during the planning process?
Romaana: With the wedding gown, I wore a custom headpiece by Valencienne Bridal made to match the crystal detailing on my wedding gown. It was a last minute decision and totally completed the look. I felt like a fairytale princess.
WedLuxe: What is the most important info you think readers should know about your wedding day?
Romaana: The most important thing to remember is that the day is about the two of you. We had to remember to take a moment to stop, breathe and soak it all in.
In the morning and through to the ceremony, the bridesmaids wore blush pink sarees with a small silver lining and hints of silver detail that compliment ethe bride’s bouquet and wedding colours. The maid of honour’s saree was made to compliment the bridesmaids with additional silver beading on the blouse.
The Bride’s beautiful gown was from Valencienne Bridal and made of 18 meters of heavy silk shantung. It had a strapless fitted corseted bodice and the top of the garment was encrusted with large diamond cut Swarovski crystals. The skirt had a drop waist with inverted box pleats which created a magnificent ballgown. The back of the gown had a train that was 5 feet long that was bustled up with 3 vintage broaches.
The reception was the real show-stopper! The backdrop was created with the same vintage glam theme in mind, with beautiful fabrics. The backdrop was accessorized with crystals, broaches and pearls with two vintage gold frames filled with hydrangea petals. A third vintage gold frame had a crystal chandelier hanging from it.
The head table was draped with beautiful vintage pink rosette linen from Susan Murray Linen. Gold Chiavari chairs were placed at each table.
Vanilla-scented candle favors were presented to guests to symbolize a pure and everlasting love. The scripture on the candles was of a French love poem from the Romantic Era.
The 6-tier light pink wedding cake was created by Cake Opera Co. It rose 2 1/2 feet tall off of a jeweled and mirrored table. Accented with gold architectural details, gold splashes, and brush work, the cake was punctuated with a large dusty rose bloom with a sparkling crystal center. As a finishing touch, golden and jeweled brooches were added to complement the design of the cake along with a golden finial tied with a cascading pink ribbon.
“Jessica and Alexandria from Cake Opera were the most lovely vendors to work with. They are outgoing and truly show passion for what they do. Their excitement about all their art shines through and their personalities were a huge factor in our final cake decision!” recalls Romaana.
|Photographed by: Dave and Charlotte, Lifestyle Photography
Wedding Gown and Bridesmaid Gowns: Valencienne and BCBG
Reception Venue: Bellvue Manor, Toronto
Reception Same-Day Coordination: Raana Chaudhry of Sapna Weddings
Linen Rental: Susan Murray
Cake Company: Cake Opera Co.
Florals: Tamara Mutter-Slagter, Kevin Slagter of Fuscia Designs
Hair Stylist/Salon (for Bride): Salon Diva
Makeup Artist/Company (for Bride): Kavita Suri
Stationery Company: Palettera Custom Correspondences
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