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A Colourful Multicultural Wedding in Toronto

  |  By Sophie Diego

Kanyika and Atif’s first official date was at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, where immediately they knew they had something special. During their date, a couple got engaged right in front of them with a diver presenting a ‘Will you marry me?” placard inside the stingray tank. Atif popped the same question a few years down the road during a summer vacation in Italy. He took Kanyika to a spot overlooking Rome and the Vatican City to view the sunset. Then he went down on one knee and presented her with a ring. “He started talking about our future and how he saw us growing in the years ahead,” Kanyika shares. “I could barely focus on what he was saying through a blur of tears.” 

Since Kanyika and Atif come from different cultures, they had a fusion wedding featuring Muslim and Christian traditions and including Pakistani and Caribbean elements. Blush pink and white were prevalent in the wedding decor with rich pops of peach and magenta as a nod to the bold colours of South Asian weddings. They had both a Nikkah and a Christian ceremony. “The best part of it all was saying yes to my best friend twice,” Kanyika says.   

The florals were absolutely breathtaking. Kanyika specifically asked for peonies—her favourite flower—with English roses and ranunculus in the mix. “I almost cried with joy when the bouquets and boutonnieres were delivered to my hotel room,” Kanyika shares. “I had given our florist some ideas and inspiration for my bouquet, but I could not have imagined the final result would be so gorgeous!”

The smoke bomb photoshoot was one of the highlights of the wedding. They choose bright orange and hot pink-coloured smoke to keep with their colour palette. The colours produced a bold effect and made for spectacular photos. Although the weather forecast called for rain, The couple were fortunate to have it cooperate for this special moment. “The day went better than either of us could have hoped for with everyone having a great time and dancing to music from both cultures!” Kanyika shares. 

Kanyika Yorke and Atif Khan, June 15, 2019, Toronto, Ontario. 

Photography courtesy of Lucas T Photography.

Venue: The Aga Khan Museum
Wedding planner: Leigh Events Co.
Bridal gown: Essense of Australia from Sophie’s Gown Shoppe
Nikkah dress and Sherwani suit: Nucreation Fashions Ltd.
Groom’s tux: Suit Supply
Hair: Glenroy Simmons Makeup: Neo’s Beauty
Henna: Expressions By Lavindi
Flowers: Delta Dawn Floral
Cake: I Do! Wedding Cakes
Stationery: So Pretty In Print
Decor: Soirée
Catering: McEwan Catering
Transportation: Allure Limo
Music: Garrick the DJ
Videographer: The Creative Graham


This article was originally published on Jan 15, 2020

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