Photography by Hong Photography & Cinema Inc.
Fleur de Lis Events planned this traditional Persian wedding in just six months
When Shahrzad Khorashadi first met Tim Killoran in a hospital darkroom in Boston, she wasn’t exactly dressed for romance.
“He was a resident; I was a dental student and I was wearing this ugly, oversized lab coat,” she laughs. “I was sure he didn’t think much of me.”
After several more encounters, they began dating and it became evident that Tim was enamoured. A year into the relationship, on a winter trip to Whistler, he proposed. “I was dazed. It took me a few moments to respond,” she recalls.
“We decided to have the wedding in Vancouver since my family is here and it’s one of my favourite places on the planet.” They also wanted to plan the wedding quickly because Shahrzad’s father’s health was poor. They condensed the planning into just six months with the help of Fleur de Lis Events. “I wanted to make sure he was there,” she says. “We got married at the end of August and he passed [the following] March, so it’s really special to have those memories.”
The couple chose Sutton Place Hotel as their venue and caterer in order to accommodate their many out-of-town guests. Shahrzad envisioned a classic, timeless event with traditional Persian touches. She passed these guidelines to her planner, decorator and florist along with full creative licence—and was thrilled with the results.
“Standards of beauty change over time and I really wanted to be able to look at photos 10 years from now and think, ‘This looks pretty,’” Shahrzad tells Real Weddings. “Thanks to my amazing planner and vendors, I feel we achieved that.”
Shahrzad’s elegant ivory Chantilly and re-embroidered lace Gigi gown by Monique Lhuillier featured a full silk skirt and custom-made, long-sleeved lace bolero. Her classic white bouquet completed the look.
The groom kept things classic and cool in a sleek black Perry Ellis tuxedo from The Tux Store.
Sunflower Florist made handcrafted boutonnières and headpieces with sweet garden roses to match the bride’s pale bouquet.
The ceremony centred around a Sofreh Aghd, a traditional Persian spread of apples for prosperity, eggs for fertility, flowers for beauty and other symbolic elements.
During the ceremony, family and friends were invited to hold a protective cloth over the bride and groom’s heads. Two sugar cones were then ground together above the cloth, to shower the newlyweds with symbolic sweetness.
In order to make every one of their 140 guests feel included, the Persian elements of Shahrzad and Tim’s ceremony were explained in a “fun, informative” manner.
Éclat Decor set a classic white and crystal table, featuring stately candelabras topped with floral bouquets.
The bride, who did not want her wedding to be “wasteful,” worked with her florist to ensure such elements as the flowers used in the ceremony were repurposed for the reception.
Soirette made a fondant-covered cake in a trio of flavours—chocolate, vanilla and coffee—to satisfy the guests’ (and groom’s) sweet tooth.
Mahyar Khoda of Salon 88 and Haleh Tafteh brought out Shahrzad’s natural elegance. The couple hired children’s book illustrator Ariana Killoran to do their stationery. Kismet Creative captured video of the day.
In lieu of a traditional wedding party, Shahrzad invited her friends to her hotel room post-ceremony to celebrate with Champagne and nibbles as she freshened up for the reception.