Rima and Tamer met through a chance run-in at the gym, which Rima didn’t think much of until three months later when she saw a missed message from Tamer on Instagram. After a few weeks of chatting online, the two decided to meet up in person for their first date. Thinking back on their first meet up, Rima laughs, “I thought Tamer lived here in Canada and did business in Qatar, but when we went out he confessed to me that he lived there and flew all the way from Qatar for our date!” It turns out that he had seen Rima at the gym only while on vacation here, and sent her a message the same day. After six months of dating, Tamer visited Rima’s family and requested her hand in marriage from her father before popping the question.
The couple’s elegant garden wedding took place at Graydon Hall, adding a perfect regal setting for their ceremony and reception. Their colourful affair was filled with vibrant floral blooms that were the perfect choice for their summer wedding. “We wanted a peach-themed wedding because not only do we love the colour, but it always reminded us of summer,” says the couple. Added pops of peach were brought in with layers of floating and tapered candles that cast a romantic glow onto family-style farmhouse tables.
Friends and family from across the globe gathered to celebrate Rima and Tamer’s wedding, so to thank them the bride and groom included plenty of elements to surprise and delight their guests. A Beaver Tails truck arrived on site for a late night snack, and Rima even managed to surprise Tamer with a fireworks display that went off during their cake-cutting ceremony, set to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”. With traditional Syrian dance performers, a live singer, and a DJ to get the party started, guests enjoyed themselves well into the night.
Rima El-Keilani and Tamer Rabbani, August 23, 2018, Toronto, Ontario.
Photography courtesy of Corina V. Photography.
Ceremony and reception venue: Graydon Hall Manor
Bridal gown: Ines Di Santo
Wedding planner: Karina Lemke
Flowers: Jodi Leigh Designs
Cake: Dalia’s Cake Shop
Hair: Robert Hair Salon
Makeup: Christina Durco of Fancy Face
Live music: Jordan Hart
DJ: Michael Coombs
Dancer performers: Sooriana Group
Videography: Beautiful Life Studios
Fireworks: Firemaster Productions
Vintage car: A Rolls Choice
Late night snacks: Beaver Tails
Photo booth: The Selfie Spot