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The groom’s Irish-Canadian heritage and the bride’s Persian roots were gracefully woven together throughout the occasion. the first in nearly half a century to celebrate under the soaring ceilings of the illustrious Crystal Ballroom. “We purposefully omitted the reception venue from the invitation [to infuse an element of surprise],” Haggerty says. “They just knew they were going to the King Eddy.” Greeted by Champagne and caviar on the second floor, guests mingled before the candlelit evening cer- emony to the tunes of a classical guitarist. A friend performed a traditional Persian ceremony under the arched dome ceiling of the Vanity Fair ballroom. With Jackman’s Irish-Canadian heritage and Sharifi’s Persian roots, the couple wove both cultural experiences together throughout the occasion. The bride wore a custom Galia Lahav dress made in Israel and personalized through Toronto’s designer bridal boutique, White. Extra embroidery and an additional train made her fully beaded gown even more romantic. Her groom stepped out in a black bow tie and a dashing white dinner jacket and black pants by Tom Ford, which was customized by Harry Rosen, a luxury menswear retail store owner and personal friend of Jackman. FA L L 2 0 1 7 OE3-Married-eV4-e.indd 44 | 44 | After the ceremony, guests gathered for a cocktail hour that featured a bountiful oyster bar and three signature drinks the couple co-created with the hotel. Jackman and Sharifi say they were especially impressed with the above-and-beyond efforts behind The Persian, a special libation blended with key cultural ingredients. “We were suggesting a cocktail that wasn’t typical,” Jackman says. “The team went to a Persian restaurant in the city, tasted samples, talked to the bartender and own- ers and experimented with different formulations. We tasted their results twice, and the second was spot on.” To guests’ delight, the saffron-infused vodka concoction with pomegranate was served in striking, gold-trimmed glasses. A Night to Remember After cocktail hour, guests were escorted to the eleva- tor and whisked up to the 17th floor for a momentous moment. From the mezzanine, the orchestra was playing in full swing as the doors to the grand 5,000-square-foot Crystal Ballroom opened to reveal the first wedding party in decades. ESCAPES 9/21/17 11:00 AM