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The Mother of The Bride Designed This Floral Wonderland Reception

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The Couple: Gina & Saif

Gina first met Saif through mutual friends, and their relationship remained platonic for years. “We were always best friends, but if you’ve ever watched The Office, you’ll know that as soon as Pam figured out Jim was the one for her (and there at arm’s length all along), every next step was easy,” shares Gina. Two and a half years into dating, Saif and Gina visited Vancouver with friends. Saif surprised Gina with a proposal in Stanley Park under the guise of taking photos. He had hired photographers posing as “Instagrammers” to capture the moment. After he proposed, their friends emerged from hiding to join the celebration, and Gina’s family joined via FaceTime.

Gina and Saif’s whimsical “Tuscan Dream” wedding reception was spearheaded by Lemis Hassani of Royal Orchid Florist, who provided event planning, design, floral, and decor services.

“I have been in the wedding industry for over 30 years and knew that when it was time for my daughter to get married, it had to be the most special design Royal Orchid Florist has ever created,” shares Lemis. “…I remain unable to define what it meant to design my daughter’s wedding…”

The wedding design was not only spectacular, but it also told a story. “The story of a mother’s love for her daughter poured out through petals,” tells Gina.


THE CEREMONY

Gina and Saif were married at St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish in Brampton, Ontario. At the end of the ceremony, the couple walked out of the church accompanied by an instrumental rendition of Chris Brown’s “Forever” performed by Wellington Music à la Pam and Jim — both Gina and Saif are huge fans of the television show, The Office and wanted to recreate the sitcom couple’s wedding ceremony scene for their nuptials.

Gina wore a Galia Lahav wedding dress from White Toronto, while Saif wore a classic suit lined in a fabric printed with each variation of the Toronto Raptors logo.

Gina’s best friend of 26 years acted as her maid of honor. “I knew long ago she would be my maid of honor if I ever got married,” shares Gina. The bridal party wore sage green gowns, the maid of honor’s distinguished by silvery floral embellishments. Saif’s best friend and brother acted as his best man.

During the cocktail hour, Gina removed the sleeves of her Galia Lahav gown, adding pretty bow sashes to the shoulders for a second look.

It was an unforgettable moment when the doors opened and we both saw what my mom had created. Everyone’s jaw dropped- literally! She blew all our minds away with the decor. Although my mom and I designed things together, the outcome was beyond anything I had ever expected.

- Gina, Bride

THE RECEPTION

 

The abundant Tuscan-inspired floral design that the bride’s mother, Lemis Hassani of Royal Orchid Florist lovingly designed for her daughter and son-in-law included over 6000 roses, 250 Holland-imported seven-bloom orchids, rare peonies imported from Holland in the off-season, and thousands of individual pieces of greenery, including Italian ruscus, silver dollar, magnolia, and bay leaves (to name a few!)

The newlyweds made their grand entrance to the reception with a Zaffe, hitting the checkered floor beneath an impressive suspended floral installation that hung from the ceiling featuring cascading blooms, greenery, fairy lights, and sparklers mounted within. The fireworks streamed downwards onto the dance floor during the first dance. The bride’s best friend MC’d the wedding reception, and later on in the evening, the couple’s friends collected on the dance floor with a flash mob to kick off the dancing. Catering included a Saganaki and a Speducci Station, a Gelato bar, and freshly fired wood-oven pizza.


Credits

Bride  @ginajibran Groom  @saifshamshoon  BRIDAL Gown  @galialahav from @whitetoronto
Artificial Backdrop @designerdancefloors  Candles @yummicandles
Catering (Morning) @boardinthesix  Church St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish
Cinematography @rawmedia  DJ and MC @dj_louay
Event Planning and Design, Floral and Decor @royalorchidflorist
Furniture Rentals  @detailzfurniturerentals
Hair Stylist (Bride) Gina from @scruplessalonandspa
Lighting, AV, Sparklers, Powerpoint @bbblancevents  Limo Rental @allurelimo
Makeup  @leenaheravi  @jenevoymakeupstudio  Menus @charitacreations
Music  @wellington.music  Photography @purpletreephotography
Reception Dress @houseofcb  Reception Venue  @thearlingtonestate
Table Numbers, Vinyl Floor, and Welcome Sign  @eventgraffiti
Wedding Bands @cartier  WEDDING Cake @finecakesbyzehraofficial
Wedding Invitations Maple Designs
Zaffe  @mabrookentertainment
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