Bani Bahari and Jonathan Lawrence
The Vancouver Club, Vancouver
Photography by Blush Wedding Photography
All roads led to the Big Apple for Bani Bahari and Jonathan Lawrence, but their story really began in the City of Glass. Both attended UBC, just at different times. When they met at an alumni consulting event in Vancouver, there were undeniable sparks. By that time, though, Jon was living full-time in Toronto.
“I still liked him,” Bani says, so she took a leap, texting to ask if he would join her for a trip to New York. He agreed, and they met in Manhattan, on the corner of Broadway and Broome. That kindled a long-distance relationship. On another trip to New York, two years later, they met on the same corner, and Jon took Bani to a nearby hotel and proposed. Soon after, they moved down permanently so that Bani could attend Columbia Business School.
But the wedding would be in Vancouver. The city had been Bani's Canadian home (she'd moved at 17 from her native Iran) and Jon had family there. Downtown’s Vancouver Club offered a prime spot for out-of-town guests, and urbane elegance fit for a pair of Gothamites. "Our style is very metropolitan," says Bani. To deliver on their dream of a chic city wedding with "thoughtful and unexpected details," they turned to Filosophi Events for planning, and Spread Love Events & Planning for day-of-decorating.
After an intimate ceremony in the club's lobby, guests retired to The Grill eatery for cocktails and appetizers, and then to the Grand Ballroom to dine and dance the night away with the couple. The revelry was much needed after months of obsessive planning, says Bani: "On the wedding day, I was like, today is to just have fun and make the best out of it. And it was magical."
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The bride wore a strapless mermaid-style Marchesa dress, adorned with 3D floral appliqués and purchased from MARK INGRAM ATELIER in New York, while Jon opted for a Dolce & Gabbana tux. Bani's mother, a well-known bridal makeup artist in Iran under the name BETTY BEAUTY SALON, did Bani's makeup and sleekly swept-back hair.
Blush Wedding PhotographyBlush Wedding PhotographyBlack bridesmaids' gowns, selected by the bridesmaids themselves, made for a modern counterpoint to the classical heritage details of THE VANCOUVER CLUB.
Blush Wedding PhotographyBlush Wedding PhotographyBlush Wedding PhotographyEach guest took home a keepsake porcelain spoon painted with a portrait of the couple, by an artist the two had met while travelling in Iran.
Blush Wedding PhotographyBlush Wedding PhotographyThe couple said their vows in English and Farsi, and the ceremony included both North American and Persian wedding traditions, such as a sofreh table laid with symbolic items—all custom-made and brought from Iran by the bride's mother—meant to bring prosperity, good health and joy.
Blush Wedding PhotographyBlush Wedding PhotographySumptuous floral arrangements by CELSIA FLORIST mixed traditional wedding blooms, such as blush-toned ranunculus, peonies and roses, with exotic touches, like pink-and-green anthuriums, sprays of desert yearning amaranthus and white phalaenopsis orchids.
A. ELIZABETH CAKESBlush Wedding Photography created a rectangular, marble-iced confection with two hanging-illusion tiers.
Blush Wedding PhotographyThe couple paid homage to their adopted city in an engagement session with BLUSH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY. "Kristy flew down from Toronto, and for a day-and-a-half we went to the most beautiful locations that meant so much to us in New York, and she took amazing photos," says Bani.
Blush Wedding PhotographyBlush Wedding PhotographyThe night before the wedding, Bani and Jon hosted a meet-and-greet buffet on the FOUR SEASONS HOTEL VANCOUVER rooftop, to give friends from B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Iran and beyond a chance to get acquainted.