For Tasneem and Vasim, the engagement process was a family affair. “In the Indian-Muslim culture, you must meet your husband-to-be with everyone in the family around,” Tasneem explains. “Traditionally, the families hold a large gathering where everyone gets to know one another.” Each side is given a few days to respond to the proposal. “We knew we would say yes, but it’s a common practice,” Tasneem says. “Afterward, we held two engagement parties–one for our family, and one for our friends.”
Peach, navy, mint and white were the colours the couple chose for their cross-cultural event, keeping a rustic chic theme in mind and adding subtle literature-inspired elements. “As a bride with a big Indian family, I had to balance what our families wanted with what Vasim and I wanted,” Tasneem elaborates. “We were able to combine our Indian cultural influences with our own personal touches.”
Tasneem travelled with her mother to Karachi, Pakistan, to design her bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses. They visited markets to meet with vendors, clothing dyers and tailors. “It was such a unique experience and I’ll never forget the process,” Tasneem remarks.
One especially unique detail from the wedding was the DIY video booth that Tasneem crafted herself. “The cost of renting a video booth was quite high, so I built one myself and just rented a few items,” she smiles. “Watching the videos after the wedding was fab and it made it all so worth it!”
Tasneem Dasoo and Vasim Kapadia, May 7, 2016, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Belinda Burtt.
Ceremony venue: Madina Masjid
Reception venue: Artscape Wychwood Barns
Bridal gown: Designed by the bride, made by Henna Qaisar
Groom’s tux: Luxury Plus
Wedding planner: Bespoke Celebrations
Cake: Custom Made Wedding Cakes
Hair and makeup: Beauty by Raeesa
Day 1 Backdrop: Decor Inspirations
Henna Party and Day 2 Backdrops: Rangeen Weddings & Events
Videographer: Fortress Studios