Toronto bride and designer Negin Nasirpour shares her Brilliant La Maquette wedding centered around the ancient Persian celebration of Winter Solstice.
You talk about having your eye on La Maquette going past on the street car and how it made an impression on you and you thought what a lovely place it would be to get married. What about the venue caught your attention and sparked your imagination?
The vintage flare from the outside, the simplicity of the classic sign and the window.
My dress shopping experience had started out on a disappointing note because I couldn’t seem to find “the one.” I recall stepping into the boutique and describing my “ideal dress” to the owner, and she took about 5 seconds before she lit up and said “I have just the thing!” and that was really it. Once I tried it on, both my mother and I teared up and knew it was the perfect dress for me.
I think Shakespeare said it best when he wrote “All the world’s a stage.” While studying theatre production, I was exposed to the world of live entertainment in which anything is possible. It is with that mindset that I create any experience. I aim to deliver concepts and designs that transcend into a total sensory experience, and ultimately create incredible memories.
Having so many interesting elements within our venue, such as paintings, posters, and other unique features, we really did not want to compete with the existing motif. I was inspired to be bold but minimalistic, and excited to let the space shine.
There are many wonderful traditions when it comes to a Persian wedding ceremony. The culture itself is so rich in history and artistry that my inspiration came from within my upbringing. The “Sofreh” or wedding spread, was primarily created in gold and turquoise. Turquoise is a gemstone that is abundantly found in Iran, and adds a touch of history to the Sofreh design. A few months prior to our wedding date, I sent my sister to the best source of all, my aunt who lives in Iran. Together we conceptualized every detail and they worked endlessly for weeks to put all the pieces together.
Yalda is an ancient Persian celebration of the Winter Solstice, which usually falls on December 21st or 22nd. Although the longest night of the year, Yalda, which means ‘rebirth of the sun,’ celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. Fruits and nuts are eaten and pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant. Old texts say the red colour in these fruit symbolizes the crimson hues of dawn and glow of life, invoking the splendour of sun. Yalda is a night full of hope for the future and happiness for the young and old, and that is why we loved having our wedding on this day.
Those who know me know that I like to make bold statements. Having such a unique venue inspired me to add punches of colour and texture only where necessary. By keeping the first level relatively subtle with gold, white and turquoise colours, we were really able to showcase the dynamic checkered floor, fantastic vintage posters and light fixtures. However, this was contrasted by the second floor, where deep pops of red and burgundy were complimented by gold and ivory. Overall, the guests were able to experience two different effects within the same event.
One major priority was having an absolutely unexpected first dance which our family and friends had never experienced before. We started rehearsals from months before the wedding, and in line with the vintage vibe, performed a lively foxtrot complete with lifts, dips, and spins!
Another priority was to ensure our day was captured to perfection. That is why we trusted our memories with Mango Studios. I am particularly enchanted by downtown Toronto, and wanted to include that in our overall experience of the day.
Mango studios is quite fantastic at getting to know their clients prior to the big day. After answering some questions and a personal meeting with our photographer, we felt confident that she was the perfect fit. Their style of photography includes a lot of candid moments which was exactly what we were hoping for. They were able to capture the day, the mood, the magic.
I was certainly hoping to make a statement! I wanted to create a deeply saturated floral arrangement, while including some rustic winter elements. It took a lot of research, trial and error, budgeting and rethinking to come up with the final result. It was definitely a labour of love that could not have come to life without the help of my husband’s great aunt who is nearly 90 year old but put every single arrangement together!
The magic of being surrounded by so much love will stay with me forever. In terms of details, I would have to say our custom-made mocktails called “the Enegmo” named after myself and my husband, consisting of pomegranate juice, lime juice, a dash of orange blossom, and topped off with sprite for a little sparkle. And of course, our beautiful cake, which was placed at the front of the venue, right by the iconic window where we put a backdrop of hanging lights.
I am still very much inspired by live theatre and the arts. I think events can draw inspiration from all facets of life, so I try to stay in tune with all forms of aesthetic. Whether its photography (Kristian Schuller), fashion (Alexander McQueen), or the latest exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario (currently Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors), I make a note to absorb it all. You never know where you will find inspiration, and quite often, it finds you.
Negin Nasirpour : Event Designer.Visual Collaborator.Content Creator
Cake: B.B Cafe Toronto
Toronto Photographer : Mango Studios