Elizabeth + Saajid's Colorful Toronto Wedding
An interview with bride #77
Our wedding kicked off on the Thursday before our big day with 20 people at our Parkdale walk-up for the henna ceremony. That Friday we went to City Hall for the ceremony and paperwork with our immediate family and closest friends followed by a dinner hosted by my parents at Cluny Bistro in the Distillery.
On Saturday, we took the streetcar to Wvrst where we hosted our reception for 80 guests. After celebrating with friends and family all day, Saajid and I went out for dinner alone at Alo to celebrate our new chapter together.
To cap off the weekend on Sunday, we had the nikkah and walima (the Islamic wedding ceremony and reception) hosted by Saajid's mother. We had decided to spread out our events to keep the events intimate and true to us. We also wanted to be respectful of religious beliefs without compromising what we wanted out of our celebration.
Describe your wedding day in 3 words.
Us. Colourful. Loving.
Tell us about something your wedding just HAD TO have.
We knew we had to have doughnuts from Emma's Country Kitchen. Not only did we have many dates at Emma's at their original location on St. Clair West but we got engaged outside of the restaurant before brunch. I also wanted to make sure that I could re-wear my outfit after the big day.
Tell us about something you could have done without or wasn’t necessary in the end.
We had built playlists for Friday and Saturday. At Cluny, the Saturday playlist was accidentally played. Then I forgot to take the device that we used for the playlists home so we had the house music playing at Wvrst the next day.
Tell us about your bridal style.
Re-wearable. Fun. Colourful. Playful.
What's your advice for future brides?
It's okay to do what you want.
Saajid and I planned the majority of our wedding over a tasting dinner while on vacation in Lunenburg, NS. We agreed that once a decision was made, we weren't allowed to revisit it. It kept wedding planning simple and fun.
Friday, September 28: Ceremony
Saturday, September 29: Reception
Sunday, September 30: Nikkah and walima (Islamic wedding ceremony and reception)
Ceremony photographer: You The Best Photography
Reception photographer: Ryan Tacay
Henna: Henna Arany
Elizabeth's outfits: Boutique 1861
Saajid's suit: Theodore 1922
Engagement ring: Nordstrom
Wedding bands: The Devil's Workshop
Vegan doughnuts: Glory Hole Doughnuts
Doughnuts: Emma's Country Kitchen