Wedding Date: July 7, 2018
Name Of Randy Fenoli Wedding Dress You Wore?: Dress Jillian
Where Did You Purchase Your Randy Fenoli Wedding Dress From?
Kleinfeld Toronto - located in CF Toronto Eaton Centre
Tell Us About Your Dress:
My dress had the perfect ballgown poof that I wanted to make me look like a princess on my big day. I loved the simplicity yet elegance of this beautiful dress. I ended up connecting the two pieces of the dress and added Queen Anne straps to my shoulders - as suggested by Randy - using the same material as the upper part of the dress.
Why did you choose a Randy Fenoli Bridal Dress:
Having watched Randy on Say Yes to the Dress for years, I couldn't believe I was able to score a booking to Kleinfeld on the day of his trunk show in Toronto after being on the waitlist. This was my very first trip dress-shopping. I tried on a few different dresses, most of which were Randy's. But the moment I put Dress Jillian on, I knew it was the one. I couldn't believe how extravagant I looked in that dress when I saw myself in the mirror. I wanted to say yes right away! I decided to try on one more dress just to be sure. So I tried on another Randy dress, which I loved SO much - but it was not the one. Dress Jillian was the one. I just knew it! Randy came over and asked me "Razan, are you saying yes to the dress?" and the answer was "YES!" I got to celebrate with my bridesmaids, my mom, and my mother-in-law on that perfect day. One of the most memorable experiences of my life.
Photographer: John and Veronica Photography
Wedding Venue: Paradise Banquet & Convention Centre, Vaughan, ON
Tell Us Your Proposal Story:
It was our anniversary, and my husband, Rashid, (boyfriend at the time) had told me he made surprise plans for us. The morning of, he called me letting me know he had to go in to work last minute. He's a firefighter, so I understood that he couldn't say no. He told me I still had to go to the place where he made reservations. He had paid money and my gift was there too. I didn't want to go without him, but he convinced me that I needed to. So despite a lot of back and forth between us, I drove downtown to a condominium building as per the address. Once I got there, I called a phone number he had given me, and a few minutes later, a man named Jeff, whom I didn't know, showed up and took me to the elevators. I thought this was a joke. I thought Rashid was going to surprise me and show up out of nowhere. But this was real. And Rashid wasn't there! As we were waiting, Jeff asks me "So, have you ever been on a rooftop before?" And that's when it hit me. A few days earlier I had sent Rashid a picture of a rooftop view of Toronto gushing over how beautiful it looked. I realized he had planned for us to spend the day on the rooftop, and he really couldn't make it but still wanted me to experience this view - and get my "gift". After a 55 flight elevator ride, a few stories of stairs, and a ladder leading to the roof hatch, we finally made it to the top. It was a cold winter day, with snow on the ground, but the sky was so blue. The view was breathtaking. I could see all of Toronto and past Toronto. I took some pictures of the scenery to send to Rashid, wishing he was with me. Jeff then handed me an iPad with earphones, telling me my gift is there. I pressed play on the screen and it was the cutest anniversary video made by Rashid. As I was watching this video, I was so sad that he couldn't be with me, and I was telling myself "don't cry in front of Jeff, don't cry in front of Jeff!" I watched the video all the way through, and at the very end, there was text that read "Oh, and one more thing..." with a Bitmoji (animated character) of Rashid on one knee proposing. Was this real? Could this be real? I turned around and there he was. There was my handsome Rashid right behind me. He got down on one knee, took out the ring, and said: "Hey babe, do you wanna get married?" Yes yes yes!! Of course, I said yes! And the rest was history.
The best part was that Jeff turned out to be the photographer who took the picture that I had sent Rashid a few days earlier - and he ended up taking pictures of us together on that rooftop. It was so perfect.
Any Advice For Other Couples?
Just have fun. Whether it's through the wedding planning process or through your marriage, just have fun. You get to live this once, and you're doing it with your lifelong partner. Enjoy every moment and every step of your journey. You will cherish moments like these forever.
Please share some fun facts and advice for other couples:
Communication is key. Respect, love, and communication. Always tell each other how you're feeling, and never go to bed upset. Talk through things, even when it feels like you can't. True loving partners have no ego between each other - remember that - and always communicate your feelings.
Random Fun fact: Back in the 1500s, people used to get married in June because they would take their yearly bath in May and would still be smelling pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell so the brides carried bouquets of flower to cover the body odor!!!