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Salma & Zameel - Traditional Muslim Ismaili Wedding Jamat Khanna Burnaby BC
|Salma & Zameel - Traditional Muslim Ismaili Wedding Jamat Khanna Burnaby BC
||You may already know Salma (the blogger behind www.thewritebalance.ca) or you may remember her from tv as one of the hosts from Zindagi TV on SHAW Multicultural. Salma had interviewed Vicki Singh (project manager of Cultural Weddings several times over the years) to discuss pretty much any thing to do with weddings including the Cultural Wedding Planner & Canada's First South Asian Wedding Planner. So it only made sense, when it came time for Salma to get married our team was super excited to share her wedding story in our books.
And if by the way you are getting married soon-- be sure to request your complimentary copy of the 13th edition of Canada's First South Asian Wedding Planner / the Cultural Wedding Planner and we'd be happy to courier one to you.
However, if you need some inspiration or you know someone who does --- especially when it comes to the wedding proposal; read on. We have to admit though...this is one Vancouver wedding proposal hard to top.
It Was All in the Proposal
Salma and Zameel met at university and were together for seven years before a marriage proposal cemented their relationship.
The proposal happened unexpectedly. Zameel, a medical student, was in Vancouver for the Christmas holidays. On Wednesday, December 21, he had made plans to take Salma for lunch at one of their special date restaurants, Taki's Tavern. Then another couple was going to join them to go up to Grouse Mountain for the first time and go skating. After a nice late lunch, Zameel's friend called to say they wouldn't be able to make it up to Grouse Mountain. So Salma and Zameel headed up themselves. As the sun set and the Vancouver rain began to drizzle, the couple went up on the gondola to the top of the mountain. They got off the gondola and it was a beautiful sight with Christmas lights and decorations.
On the Way
After a windy, shaky gondola ride down the mountain, the couple got into the car and headed downtown. Salma fell asleep and when she woke, Zameel was on the phone, trying to figure out where to park. They were meeting a friend who worked at the Opus Hotel in Yaletown. All the parking in the vicinity of the hotel was full, so they used the valet and headed inside. The elevators were locked, their friend called down to let his guests up to the penthouse. As Zameel and Salma got out of the elevator, their friend came rushing towards them. His car was about to be towed away, so he had to go move it. He gave Zameel the room key and promised to be back soon.
Zameel opened the door to the room. Inside it was dark except for candles that illuminated the entire room. Salma looked at Zameel questioningly. He told her to follow the path. Salma looked down, and there was a path on the floor made with hundreds of colorful chocolate kisses. With her heart pounding, Salma began to follow the path. Along the way were not only candles, but also photographs. The first was a picture of Salma as a baby and then Zameel as a baby. Then a picture of them as toddlers and so on.
As Salma followed the path of kisses, she turned the corner around the fireplace and there was a bed covered in rose petals with two long-stemmed roses on the pillows. At the edge of the bed were tealight candles arranged in a heart shape, with arrows pointing the direction to follow. Salma continued walking, following the chocolate kisses, candles, and photos.
The path ended in the bathroom in front of a large shower. The shower floor was completely covered in red rose petals, lined with glowing candles, and at the end was a square black ottoman. The ottoman was covered in rose petals, two more long-stemmed roses, and large, framed picture of the couple. On top of the roses was a letter and Salma picked it up and began to read.
"Dear Salma, We've feasted to our delight at a restaurant we call our own. We've skated at the top of the world. Know that I kiss the ground you walk on, and I'll always shower you with roses. I know we will both cherish this moment forever, for tonight is a night when we become one soul from two. Now turn around and follow the kisses back to me because I have a very important question to ask you. Yours forever, Zameel."
With tears streaming down her face, Salma walked back to Zameel. He took her hand and spoke beautiful words of their love and their life. Then Zameel took out the ring, got down on one knee, and said, "Salma Amin Dinani, will you marry me?" So overcome with emotion, all Salma could do was nod her head to say yes, yes, yes!
And then, as soon as Salma was able to speak, she wanted to know every detail: how he had arranged everything, how he had kept it a secret, who knew, and so on. Zameel patiently told her everything. Then, as Zameel had prepared in advance, dinner was sent up to the room. But that wasn't the end of it. Zameel had also made a game for them to play. There was an envelope full of questions about the couple and their individual lives. Each time Salma got a question right, she would get to put her hand in a bag and take out a few puzzle pieces. If she got enough questions correct, she would be able to complete the puzzle, which was six photographs of the couple that Zameel had put into a puzzle!
"The whole proposal was a complete surprise. It was the most romantic thing, more than I could have ever expected and it was a moment I'll never forget." says Salma
The Wedding Was Equally Amazing
Salma and Zemeel are Ismaili Muslims so they married in accordance with their traditions, which include getting married at Jamat Khana (mosque) by the leaders of their jamat.
“We wanted a traditional location but we also wanted to be connected with the outdoors. So we held the ceremony at the mosque but organized it outside in the courtyard.
The Vancouver wedding reception of choice was the Radisson Hotel Richmond because it was practical and it could accommodate all 300 guests.
The bride wore a white sari to the ceremony which is the tradition, then a white wedding dress to the reception.
The groom wore a traditional black Indian suit to the ceremony and a black tuxedo to the ceremony.
The family helped with the centerpieces and the groom’s aunt made the flower arrangements and decorated the cake.
The groom's parents hired a catering company to make sandwiches and sherbet for the afternoon after the ceremony, and we had Chairs with Flair put chair covers and bows at the reception explains Salma.
Surprises from the Day
Salma and her bridal party entered to the Beverly Hills Cop theme song in a fun fashion-show entrance.
Zameel surprised Salma with a serenade of the song "I Want to Grow Old With You" from the movie The Wedding Singer.
The groom's mother surprised the couple with décor for the reception that made the courtyard look a little like the outdoors, including an original Monet backdrop.
Atish Ram Media prepared an amazing slideshow of pre-wedding and wedding pictures, a video interview, and musical theme songs.
The couple surprised everyone with their first dance, which started out with a slow song and then switched to a fast salsa.
We wish Salma and Zameer a lifetime of happiness together. Thanks for sharing your details.
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