Last Saturday, Rahima and Nadeem tied the knot in a beautiful Spring Etobicoke Ismaili wedding. Their relationship began just over three years ago when Rahima took a trip to Vancouver. She met Nadeem at a bar and exchanged numbers. They ended up keeping in contact and soon enough, Nadeem was taking trips over to Toronto and she, to Vancouver. The long distance proved difficult, but luckily for them, just one year ago, Rahima found a position in Vancouver which allowed them to be together more permanently.
Two months later, Nadeem had planned a camping trip. On an intimate walk along the beach, all they could hear was the sound of the waves. Nadeem got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. Rahima recalls that moment, “the perfect place and the perfect time” because right after all his close friends were there to celebrate with them. I love their closeness and how they light up when they are around each other. It is no wonder that despite the many miles apart they initially were, they were so drawn to each other.
Family is both super important to both Rahima and Nadeem. It was unfortunate that for Nadeem, his father was ill and could not make the flight over to Toronto for the wedding. But Nadeem’s friends and family made it possible for his father to still be there in spirit. They held live Facetime calls for the entire ceremony and reception, where he sat and watched the entire thing live. But so many of their family and friends (many from Vancouver) participated in this amazing celebration of their love.
Rahima and Nadeem tied the knot in a beautiful Ismaili wedding ceremony at the Etobicoke Jamatkhana and then had an Indian reception at Bombay Palace. Rahima was lucky enough to have two gorgeous outfits for her ceremony and her reception. We took their portraits by Humber Bay on Lakeshore to capture the Toronto skyline behind them as a beautiful momento of their wedding in Toronto.
Because both Rahima and Nadeem was not in Toronto physically to organize the wedding, Rahima’s sister and mother took a big role in putting it together. As a surprise, Rahima’s sister Rishma, organised a special tribute from Scott Oake, one of the commentators of Hockey Night in Canada, and a vocalist to sing three songs dedicated to them. She ended her set off with “Happy”, and got everyone on the dance floor to party the night away!