For years, Jamie Pandit had imagined the ideal wedding gown.
The couple currently resides in Toronto, Canada, where Pandit, a content developer, met her future husband, Phil Silva, a restaurant entrepreneur, on Bumble in 2016.
When Pandit and Silva went on their third date, they had already fallen in love. This was unsettling for her since she hadn’t originally revealed to Silva that she was transgender.
I didn’t truly embrace my trans identity at the time since I was living covertly and passing for a female who was cisgender, she added. “However, the moment undoubtedly arrived when I thought, “Oh my God, we’re falling in love.” Everything is moving so rapidly. And I must inform him.”
Pandit said that when she first came out to Silva, she was “frightened because I didn’t want to miss out on love,” but her concerns soon subsided.
She told Insider, “He said he fell in love with me for who I am. “I see you, he remarked. And that is what counts.”
Silva proposed to Pandit in 2019, and they decided to be married on August 28 of that same year.
Pandit said that although she and Silva were happy to be planning their wedding, it was also difficult for them because of the pandemic and the fact that Pandit came out to her friends, Silva’s family, and the public while they were still dating.
Pandit said to Insider that it “was really tough” to deal with rejection from certain loved ones and get unfavorable remarks online, especially at such a thrilling period in her life. However, she said, one of the reasons she came out while she was engaged was so she could feel like herself during her wedding.
I didn’t want guests at our wedding who didn’t truly know me or my partner and our relationship, she added. We wanted to make a big deal out of this wedding and celebrate it with pride.
Pandit’s wedding gown played a significant role in the festivities.
Pandit said that she had been daydreaming about her perfect wedding dress for years, despite not always being certain that she would meet someone to spend the rest of her life with.
It was challenging for her to locate a dress when shopping that matched her ideal. Pandit ultimately had Lee Petra Grebenau create her ideal dress for her through Powder Bridal.
Three-dimensional flower appliqués adorned the translucent dress, which was contrasted with a sweetheart neckline with substance. The fitting skirt replaced the corset-style bodice.
In addition, Pandit’s dress had two detachable features: transparent train and off-the-shoulder sleeves.
All of the dress’s adornments, according to Pandit, had symbolic significance for her.
She saw growth in the flowery vines that covered the clothing. The dress’ delicate sparkling beading, she believed, represented all the brightness she had in her life right now, and she wanted the sheer parts to speak to the years she didn’t feel “beautiful or feminine.”
Even though she believed it would never happen to her, she said that she had been dreaming about the specifics for many years.
Pandit was overcome with emotion when she finally got to wear the outfit on her wedding day.
She said, “I absolutely began bawling as soon as I saw myself.” “I believe it’s wonderful for every bride to put on her wedding gown,”
Pandit recalled the first outfit she wore as she began her transition. “It was crimson, and I vividly remember how wonderful it made me feel. And I believe I had the same emotion when I put on my outfit. It seemed to be more than just a clothing.”
T.H. Jackson Huang of Ikonica, a photographer for Pandit and Silva, caught its splendor.
Pandit accessorized the dress with Mark Lash jewelry, Jimmy Choo shoes for the ceremony, and Louboutins for the reception. Tania Az gave her hair wide waves, and she wore a lengthy veil. For the reception, Pandit decorated her hair with pearls and silk flowers.
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Pandit chose a natural, dewy makeup look that was made by Aniela.
Pandit said that it was crucial for her to walk herself down the aisle.
Aaron Milic, a metaphysical minister, performed the marriage ceremony at Copper Creek, a golf club in Kleinburg, Ontario, where Pandit and Silva exchanged vows.
The wedding’s flowers were organized and delivered by Rias Designs, and Event Graffiti created the seating chart. Pandit’s bouquet also had ribbons in the colors of the transgender flag. SDE was the videographer that the couple selected.
Pandit told Insider that since she left home at the age of 16, it was vital to her that she walk alone down the aisle.
Even though my parents now embrace and support me, Pandit said, “for the most of my life, I felt like I had to look out for myself and be my own champion.” I really wanted to go alone in order to respect my trip for me.
She stated, “In that walk, I was thinking about how fortunate and blessed I am that I even got to do this,” and she added that she wanted to serve as an example for “young Jamies out there who hopefully will watch this wedding” and know “it can happen to them too.”
Pandit said that being able to totally concentrate on Silva while going down the aisle alone herself was another benefit.