Emily + Rahim ~ East Meets West at The Stanley Park Pavilion

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Emily & Rahim were a wonderful out-of-town couple from San Francisco, and they planned their destination wedding at the Stanley Park Pavilion in Vancouver. With Emily being Caucasian and Rahim’s Ismaili background, they wanted a ‘hybrid’ wedding that would celebrate both their cultures & traditions. For their wedding ceremony, they opted to do a traditional signing of papers with the religious leaders from the local Ismaili Jamatkhana.


They then proceeded to have a symbolic and very meaningful ceremony officiated by one of their close friends. The ceremony included readings from both the Bible and the Quran, and the Ismaili religious leaders were invited up towards the end to do the exchange of rings and pronouncement of marriage. The couple’s guitarist friend provided the wonderful ceremony music for all to hear. Cocktails & Reception were then enjoyed by all inside the Tea Room and Ballroom.


To create a hybrid look for this “East meets West” wedding, the bride wanted to combine a beautiful colour palette of deep burgundy, terracotta, gold & copper with some modern garden elements and a west-coast feel. Ruffled Rose used beautiful blooms to add the pops of color, while gold & copper lanterns and vases were used in various shapes & sizes to add more dimension to the long tables. With some added greenery, romantic candlelight and vineyard chairs, a beautiful setting was created.

The Vendor Team that brought this wedding to life…
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Stanley Park Pavilion
Officiant: Ismaili Leaders (Mukhi & Kamadia Saheb) / Ceremoy MC (Friend – David)
Photographer: Ashley Ludwig (friend of couple from Ohio)
Flowers & Decor: Ruffled Rose
DJ: Signature DJs (Jay)
Wedding with DreamGroup Planner Jessie Kumagai
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