Rumi and Nazaam's wedding guests are awaiting their grand entrance at The Eglinton Grand, where BeYOUtiful Beginnings has planned the most exquisite reception for the newlyweds, and Precious Flowers N' Things has decked out the post-ceremony digs in some sensational floral and decor work. The photo gurus from Banga Studios caught up with the beautiful bride and the Raja of her dreams as they got ready, shared in a romantic first look photo session and showed off their incredibly stylish ensembles. Maharani Rumi rocked a breathtaking, ultra pale pink, gown with white lace overlay, a sweetheart neckline under cap-sleeves and a fabulously full skirt, while Nazaam made a dashing Prince in his finely tailored black tux. Amplified Soul Makeup + Hair Couture kept the bride of the hour's hair and makeup in fabulous form and the dessert experts from iCake Bakery crafted them the most incredibly decadent wedding cake! Head into the complete gallery for even more breathtaking moments from Rumi and Nazaam's extraordinary wedding celebration!
Maharani Rumi, on picking the perfect venue:
"I wanted something unique. I initially wanted something rustic. I was thinking a barn with beautiful lights strung across the ceiling. Nazaam agreed with my vision (I guess, as all grooms kind of do).
We started to look for venues. All those “rustic” type venues did not accommodate the number of people we wanted at our wedding. We are both very family oriented and our large Indian families are usually quite difficult to accommodate.
One day our wedding planner recommended we check out a venue that she had held a wedding at in the past. We agreed blindly. As we approached the venue on a cold winter afternoon, we absolutely fell in love. The venue was Eglinton Grand. It was a movie theater that opened its doors in the 1930s but now has been revamped into a Banquet and Event Centre. It is a stunning venue with art deco décor, rich woods and a majestic balcony idea for a private cocktail area. What stood out to us is its vintage-historic feel with a marquee at the entrance and a movie theater screen that could be used to display a live-feed of our wedding. I could also vision the colors I loved to work very well with the venue. Nazaam and I were both in awe and we knew it was the one."
On what she enjoyed most about planning her dream wedding:
"The best thing to me about planning my wedding is how amazingly close our families and friends got in the process of planning my wedding. The countless hours we spent at each others homes planning, and working on DIY projects were the most memorable part. I have always felt that what makes a wedding feel like a wedding is the love that surrounds you. That’s definitely the most warm and fuzzy part of the wedding. My family and friends just wanted to be together and work together to get us married."
On choosing her reception gown:
"For my reception, I wore a white gown. I wanted something with a vintage feel to go with the venue we had chosen. I had spent hours on end trying on dresses and looking for something that would match my vision. I had started to feel like I was losing hope. I was so picky and could not find what I was looking for. One weekend, my family and I went to Montreal. We went shopping for wedding dresses, but again I had no hope and did not think I would find one. As I was walking through a boutique - I saw the dress of my dreams. It was a stunning open-back ball gown with a beautiful lace illusion neckline with the lace coming down the bottom of the dress. The sales lady saw me eyeing it and placed it in the dressing room for me to try on. I absolutely loved it when I tried it on! It was the one."
On her most memorable wedding moment:
"The most memorable time of the wedding was when Nazaam and I went back to the hotel room after our reception. I remember just cuddling and me saying to him “ Its over – can you believe it, WERE MARRIED – CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!?” This was the moment I realized I was going to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. I was so over the moon. We just cuddled for as long as possible as Nazaam continued to remove the countless number of bobby pins from my hair."
On her and Nazaam's first dance song:
"It was very easy to choose. Nazaam and I both heard it playing in the car and knew it was the one. It described our love and feelings perfectly. The song was KCI and JOJO – All my life. The song is an oldie – but definitely a goodie."
On family and friends:
"My friends and family made the wedding so loving and warm. They displayed pictures of my childhood, shared beautiful stories and experiences and just made the wedding that much more heart-warming. They made the wedding feel like our wedding and I couldn’t have asked for more."
Stick around for another South Asian wedding spectacular later today!