joanna kam and ni­cholas goolcha­ran

MAY 27, 2017

Weddingbells (Toronto) - - Real Weddings -

FROM JOANNA: Our colour­ful, is­land themed wed­ding stemmed from want­ing the event in Hawaii. Since we couldn’t do that, we wanted the wed­ding to be very fes­tive and vi­brant. I hand­made all the decor, in­clud­ing the tas­selled gar­lands strung across the room, the cer­e­mony arch, flags for the pa­rade and all the photo booth props and back­drop. I also cre­ated the menu pack­ets and my own bou­quet. We pa­raded the fam­ily and bridal party from our condo to The Rich­mond venue. Fam­ily came from Hong Kong and Van­cou­ver, so it was a great way to show them around the city. We chose a Ka­mayan-style din­ner for the re­cep­tion. It in­cluded food from both of our back­grounds—Chi­nese roasted pork from mine and jerk chicken from Ni­cholas’s — which was placed on ba­nana leaves in front of the guests. We wanted to in­cor­po­rate both cul­tures into the wed­ding. Ni­cholas is from Trinidad and his cousin, Dana, is a dance­hall teacher. Right be­fore ev­ery­one started danc­ing for the night, we got all the guests onto the dance floor where Dana taught sev­eral dance­hall moves. This helped ev­ery­one warm up to dance all night long!

WE WANTED THE WED­DING TO BE VERY FES­TIVE AND VI­BRANT.

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