by Sharon Auld
I am so thrilled to blog about Noorin and Asif’s wedding! Okay, the truth is this an overdue post, but better late then never right?
Noorin and Asif are such a perfect couple! After 10 years of being together, often living apart in different cities, these two were finally married last year. I love that these two have a such an amazing connection together and they wanted their wedding to be be personal and meaningful!
When I started working with Noorin and Asif, it was evident that Noorin had a very clear vision of what their day was to look like. After the couple spent time at the Fairmont Banff Springs, Noorin knew this was where she had to be married. From the start she had a vision of the style and feel she wanted from her wedding. Our job was to bring that vision to life and to hopefully add a little too!
Noorin and Asif’s wedding was actually a three day affair taking place in Calgary at the Royal India and at the Fairmont Banff Springs. The couple chose to do a Western ceremony in Banff because they wanted their ceremony to be very personal and representative of them as a couple. In Muslim weddings, vows and rings are not exchanged. The couple chose to blend both the Western and cultural traditions together. Noorin’s family is Ismaili Muslim, while Asif’s is Sunni Muslim. They wanted to ensure that all of who they are, was reflected in their special day.
The couple’s attire reflected both their cultures and despite having a “Western” ceremony, they made sure to include plenty of cultural traditions as well. I loved their vibrant colors!
From the start, Noorin and Asif wanted to make sure that their family and friends were having a good time and well taken care. The couple had guests come in from all over the world, and many of them had never met. Despite not having met previously, the sign below echoed the sentiments of the couple, that they would all soon be one family!
The couple wanted to have special reserved seating signs for their very special family members. I love that instead of just the name of the person, their signs had affectionate sayings depicting the guest.
“Reserved for our Lovely Mother” was one of the sentiments engraved into the mirror.
Aside from how beautiful everyone was dressed, one of the favorite parts of Noorin and Asif’s ceremony was that they each wrote special vows to read at the ceremony. Their vows were some of the sweetest vows I have yet to hear. It was so evident that the couple have a deep affection and love for each other. They even asked if I would engrave their vows onto two mirrors so that they could hang them in their house afterwards as a constant reminder of their love.
One of several cultural elements incorporated into the ceremony, was the breaking of clay plates. The plates were filled with lentils, silver, sugar and tumeric which represented nature, wealth, sweetness, harmony and good health. The one who broke their plate first while stepping on them was the supposed “ruler of the household”. Not coincidentally, they broke the plates at the same time. Not coincidentally because they are both so respectful of each other (including Asif’s respect for all of Noorin’s shoe purchases :).
The couple exchanged gifts with their wedding party and family during the ceremony.
After the ceremony guests enjoyed champagne, chocolate strawberries and other appetizers.
Stay tuned as tomorrow we will share Noorin and Asif’s reception! To see the first day of their celebration head over to Yeuko Image’s blog as there are some amazing photos!
Photographers: Vivian Yue and Ken Ko of Yueko Image
Planner: Naturally Chic