Architecture of Marriage | Art Gallery of Ontario

Naz + Nick are a wonderful couple who we met when we shot a wedding for the bride’s sister, Asal, in 2011. We also had the pleasure of being their friends’ wedding photographers recently, which you may remember from this post. This is such a fun group to work with, and I’m so thankful that they’ve continued to ask us and our cameras back for more engagement and wedding shoots!

The couple met at University and fell deeply in love. With architecture as their common ground, they earned their masters degrees and built their own foundation for a long-lasting, loving relationship.

Naz started her day off at the sophisticated Cosmopolitan Hotel where she got ready in a stylish, contemporary loft suite. She was surrounded by the women in her life that she holds dear to her heart, and they helped her slip into her Helena gown by Vera Wang as well as her gorgeous white rosette Giuseppe Zanotti heels. With makeup by Angela Porter, a birdcage veil (also by Vera Wang) and a lush bouquet, she was ready to meet her husband-to-be for their first look before the ceremony.

Nick met Naz at her hotel suite where he anxiously awaited her appearance. As she walked into the living area and saw him facing the wall, a huge smile spread across her face. I kept thinking “if only she could see the smile on his face!” as we had a bird’s eye view of both of them! Once they had seen each other and the excitement in the room hit a new high, we trekked to the rooftop for some wonderful portraits set against city buildings.

The traditional Persian ceremony took place at the Walker Court at the AGO. The ceremony décor was stunning and simple with bare walls, Lucite chairs and perfect floral, yet rich with decadent traditional foods and soft candles that lit the altar. The contrast was beautiful.

The reception immediately following the ceremony was also at the AGO. It began with a cocktail hour which was sectioned off from the grand reception area with a wall as guests gathered and mingled. When it was time to move into the artfully decorated reception hall, the wall was removed and the party began on the spot! The room was romantically lit and the tables were laced with branches of golden flowers that were reminiscent of candlelight. The décor and flowers were all done by one of Toronto’s most amazing companies – Stemz.

Dancing, toasts and the bouquet toss kept everyone busy until it was time to cut the incredible 6-tiered cake that had been garnering quite a bit of attention all night! It was yellow with intricate white damask detailing on each of the squared layers – absolutely amazing!

The newlyweds were then jet-setting to Spain and Italy for their honeymoon. How splendid! Congratulations, Naz + Nick, we wish you all the best!

Please also check out Asal and Naz’s new company called Bits and Blooms.

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