Sara & Hassan true love. true luxury.
Sara and Hassan first saw each other at an event to celebrate the wedding of a mutual friend. In a crowd of many, they locked eyes throughout the night but never spoke. It wasn’t until later in the year that Sara and Hassan reconnected—this time, at the wedding of their friends. They have been together ever since!
Two years later, the pair were engaged following a romantic dinner and dessert. Hassan presented Sara (an avid scrapbooker) with a box containing a scrapbook that Sara had originally given Hassan on their one-year anniversary. He had updated the book to include more of their love story. Also enclosed was a one page letter describing one hundred reasons why he believed her to be the perfect person to spend the rest of his life with. A tab revealed his message, ‘Will you marry me?’ Considering Hassan isn’t known for his scrapbooking skills, Sara was very impressed and touched by his effort! Following the proposal, Hassan further surprised Sara with a family gathering at her sister’s house that included Sara’s father, who Hassan had flown in from abroad.
The couple were married July 5, 2013 at ST. LUKE’S PARISH in Thornhill, Ontario.
Sara and Hassan chose to forgo the services of a wedding planner in order to be 100% hands-on in every single aspect of the process. Throughout the planning of their wedding, the couple’s favourite word was ‘personalize.’ “All of the vendors were picked with much thought and our gut feeling about everything was absolutely right!”
Sara wore a Stephen Yearick gown that had been custom-designed specifically to suit her vision and personality. The top of the gown was intricately beaded with Swarovski crystals, rhinestones and pearls. She wore a cathedral-length veil that was passed down by her older sister, the maid of honour. To customize it for Sara, her mother and grandmother placed Swarovski crystals on the frame of the veil. Sara’s headpiece was designed to match the design and beading of her gown. She paired the gown with a pair of heels from KATE SPADE NEW YORK.
Each piece of the bride’s jewellery was from MIRAGE CREATIONS INC., and was gifted to her by her parents and parents-in-law.
Lemis Hassani of ROYAL ORCHID FLORIST designed all of the floral arrangements, including the bride’s beautiful bouquet of peonies and orchids, accented with gorgeous brooches.
During the ceremony, a solo acoustic guitarist from BONGO & B ENTERTAINMENT played the couple’s favourite song, ‘Marry Me’ by Train, as the guests and bride entered the parish.
The ceremony was a perfect blend of both Catholic and Syriac Orthodox faiths to represent both the bride and groom. A gold crowning ceremony also took place, originating from the orthodox traditions, blessing the bride and groom in their new journey.
After the ceremony, the couple were transported to their reception in a 1969 White Bentley limo from B ROYAL LIVERY.
Sara’s makeup and hair was done by Jackie Gideon and Rose Corbo of JACKIE GIDEON BEAUTY.
Daniela Ignozza of INVITIQUE designed the wedding invitation and day-of stationery.
Sara’s bridesmaids wore pink evening gowns by DAVE & JOHNNY, and earrings from SWAROVSKI that were a gift from the bride.
The wedding reception took place at the CHATEAU LE JARDIN CONFERENCE & EVENT VENUE in Woodbridge, Ontario.
The floral and decor at the reception incorporated some of the bride’s favourite things—the colour pink, sparkles, antique frames and romance.
Pink uplighting and plenty of candles added to the dreamy, opulent feel.
The newlyweds were introduced into the reception with a bongo drum show, which also signaled that the dance floor was open!
Royal Orchid Florist created beautiful floral arrangements and a stunning ‘sweetheart-style’ head table. The bride and groom sat behind hundreds of rose petals and candles in crystal candleholders. The head table was connected to the cake table by a trail of fragrant rose petals.
All of the day-of stationery by Invitique featured gold embellishments, and carried the same intricate design throughout. Petite square place cards resembled a gold frame and featured the couple’s custom monogram. A round menu with gold detailing graced every place setting. The tables were identified by custom-made rectangular ‘tents’ with rotating quotes that had been sourced from the bride and groom’s scrapbook.
Konstadin Langridge of CAKES BY KONSTADIN designed the couple’s ornate, six-tiered white and gold wedding cake which sat on a mirrored stand, decorated with crystals and hanging candles.
CAKEALICIOUS BY REEM created a stunning chocolate dessert bar, styled by sister company REEM&LOLA. The display was decorated with an oversized birdcage and gold frames that matched the reception decor. Macarons were provided by MACARONZ. “Mr.” and “Mrs.” signs hung above a white and gold cake, along with printed lyrics from the fifties song ‘Chapel of Love’ by The Dixie Cups.
Guests danced the night away to music spun by DJ Fadi. In lieu of traditional favors, Sara and Hassan donated to THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN (SICKKIDS) but guests were encouraged to take home a box of chocolates from the delicious chocolate dessert bar.
Sara and Hassan wouldn’t change a single thing about their wedding and credit much of the success of the day to the event professionals who they worked with. “Our vendors had to be creative, confident and open to try new things!”