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Real wedding: cultural celebration

The biggest challenge ahead of the bride and groom-to-be was trying to incorporate both of their diverse heritages. The couple decided to hold two separate ceremonies: An Indian wedding at Star City Ballroom, followed by a Lebanese church ceremony and reception the following week. Jinni found that once this decision was made, she felt relaxed and in control leading up to her two special days.

For the Hindu ceremony, both Jinni and Romey wore traditional Indian dress: Jinni in a vivacious red beaded lengha paired with dazzling gold jewellery and gold Dolce & Gabbana shoes; Romey in a custom-made Sherwani, or Indian suit. Traditional Hindu ceremonies focus on the challenges a couple will face through the course of their married life. “You take vows not to break each other’s trust, and most importantly, to be best friends,” explains Jinni.

Jinni and Romey wanted the reception to be an infusion of modern and traditional India, with a vibrant colour-scheme of fuschia and white with touches of crystals. A stunning ice sculpture depicting two doves on a love-heart became the centrepiece of the incredible buffet, offering a range of salads, vegetarian and meat dishes, rice and naan bread, finished by four choices of dessert.

For the church ceremony a week later, Jinni walked down the aisle in a stunning Bizzaro Bridal dress complemented by a gorgeous Swarovski crystal headpiece. The reception was held at Le Montage, this time with the colour motifs of chocolate and crystal, matching the bridesmaids’ dresses, and the invitations. Guests were treated to three courses of modern Italian cuisine, finished by their three-tiered chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut cake. Bomboniere were diamond-ring bottle stoppers: a practical rather than overly sentimental gift.

Dancing and fun played a big part in both receptions, with close friends of the bride performing a special Bollywood routine at their first reception, and a group of traditional Lebanese dancers at the second.

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