|Negar & Mitchell
Photographed by Leanne Pedersen Photographers
Featured in Winter/Spring 2011, Western Canada Edition
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~ the couple ~
Negar and Mitchell knew each other for seven years before they became a couple. “We were acquaintances and friends over the years and we did work together for a short time. We started dating in September 2006 after we went on a group business trip together,” recalls Negar.
They were married four years later on April 2, 2010 at the Terminal City Club. The couple hired Soha Lavin of CountDown Events to plan their grand affair.
~ european princess ~
Negar wore a two-piece Monique Lhuillier gown. It had a crystal embellished bustier and a silk organza ballgown skirt. A silk white satin sash was tied around her waist with crystal flowers. The flowers were ordered especially from Monique Lhuillier and sewn onto the ends of the sash.
Her veil by Toni Federici featured scattered crystals and a satin ribbon edge. Negar specifically requested that double the amount of crystals be added to the veil to make it really sparkle.
Her engagement ring (and both wedding bands), were custom made by Bradley Harks of Schein Investments. The engagement ring features a cushion brilliant cut diamond surrounded by delicate round brilliant cut diamonds with more diamonds around the band.
Negar’s ‘something borrowed’ was a stunning twenty carat diamond necklace set in white gold, borrowed from a friend. And on her wrist she wore a thirteen carat tennis bracelet, an anniversary gift from Mitchell. “Overall I felt like a European princess,” she recalls.
Her bouquet by Granville Island Florist was filled with lavender roses, blue curiosa, small stephanotis with rhinestone crystal centers, lily of the valley, purple anemones and petals from large white cattleya orchids.
~ flowery details ~
The ceremony was held in the President’s Room at the Terminal City Club. A custom aisle runner with the couple’s monogram printed in lilac was bordered with thousands of white and purple rose petals. Glass vases with petals and floating candles were placed along the edges of the aisle. At the end of the runner was a dramatic arch made of branches covered in purple hydrangeas, dahlias, roses, dendrobium orchids, mokara orchids and white cymbidium orchids.
Negar walked down the aisle with her father to Josh Groban’s ‘You Lift Me Up,' performed by a tenor from Musical Occasions.
The couple enjoyed two ceremonies to celebrate both of their cultures. “My mother and Soha did an amazing job of organizing the Persian Sofreh,” remembers Negar. (During a Sofreh, the bride and groom exchange wedding vows while sitting aside the sofreh aghd, a lavish Persian spread of symbolic items.)
Following cocktails in the foyer, the reception took place in the Metropolitan Ballroom of the Terminal City Club. Using rentals from both Upright Decor and Art of the Party, the team from CountDown Events created a spectacular room at Terminal City Club not to be forgotten.
~ dramatic details ~
Anchoring each table was a dramatic tree dripping in various kinds of orchids from Granville Island Florist. Each tree took three people one hour to set-up. Below were masses of flowers in similar hues and glass vases of varying heights with candles. Thousands of strands of crystals hung from the branches and glimmered in the candlelight.
A silver charger was placed at every setting along with a small white box tied with purple ribbon containing macarons from Ganache Patisserie.
~ designer linen ~
With help from planner Soha Lavin, Negar ordered all of the linens and the chair covers for the reception from Wildflower Linens in California. “I rented the linens for over a week as I didn’t want to worry about shipping or customs delays especially since my wedding was on a holiday Friday. The table linens consisted of several layers—an amethyst sham, a chiffon lilac bustle, irridescent taffeta pacifica cap, as well as silver tassels and ties that were lilac, pacifica and amethyst. The Curly Willow chair covers at the gallery style table were chiffon lilac celine and flowed down the back of each chair with a ruffle detail,” remembers Negar.
~ surprise element ~
A surprising moment came during dinner courtesy of Negar’s dad. “I had asked my father ahead of time if he had wanted to do a speech but he did not feel comfortable as English is his second language. He originally declined. During dinner he decided he wanted to do an impromptu speech which meant a lot to both Mitch and myself. His speech was heartfelt, sweet and funny. He made me laugh and cry and I will never forget it,” remembers Negar.
~ sweet ending ~
The invitation and day-of stationery by Wintons Social Stationery inspired the cake design by Ganache Patisserie. The five-tier confection sat on a silver stand and featured a lilac Fleur de Lis, white and crystal sugar floral, cameos and sugar ribbon. The couple’s monogram completed the design.
For their honeymoon the couple travelled to the other side of the world. “We went to the Maldives and stayed at the One and Only Hotel Reethi Rai which was the most amazing trip we have ever been on and we both travel a great deal. We stayed at an over the water bungalow complete with our own deck and hammock and 24 hour butler service. The entire stay was luxurious and incredibly beautiful!” The couple now reside in Vancouver. ♦