Our Wedding: Ceremony

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Now for the best part: the ceremony! Overall, the Iranian ceremony, which was in Farsi and English, a traditional sofreh aghd, was a bit of a blur, so I'm extra thankful for these pictures that remind me of all the sweet moments. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many of our family and friends, but also difficult to know where to look!

This was the most important part of the day to Brian and me, but it was also so special for me and my dad. I'll never forget him taking my arm and gracefully leading me down the aisle. It made me think of all the times he has helped me and been my hero during my childhood and adult life, and it made me tear up (again).

The ceremony itself was perfect and beautiful. Our officiant did an incredible job of telling our story and educating guests about Iranian wedding rituals (our favorites: sealing the deal with honey, being showered with sweetness by our close female relatives grinding two sugar cones above our heads, getting to stall when giving my consent for marriage ;-) and our uniting cultures. One of my favorite parts was when he asked us to take a moment to thank our mothers for all that they've done for us and we gave each of them a pink rose. My mom started crying, which was so sweet. 

Another favorite part was our readings and reciting vows we had written for each other. Brian's deepest secret, which he refuses to acknowledge, is that he's an amazing writer, and I was blown away by his eloquent words. I was also so happy with our readings. We had spent all winter choosing them (it was surprisingly tough!). First, our friend Hannah read "Our Union" by Hafiz. This poem breaks my heart, and Hannah read it achingly beautifully and slowly (my sister commented later that she wish she could hear a recording again and again). Then my aunt read a poem in Farsi, and lastly our dear friend Brian closed us out with "Blessing of the Hands." 

I could go on about the ceremony for posts and posts. It was the most intense and exciting half hour of our lives. Truly indescribable. You feel so present, like you've been dropped into your body, and yet, like I said, you don't remember anything at all. I couldn't take my eyes off Brian in the mirror in front of us, and he was squeezing my hand the whole time. Brian, I loved marrying you! 

You can see all of our wedding posts here. Thank you for letting us share with you!

Wedding Vendors 
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Monte Bello Estate 
Photographer: Tim Tab Studios
Videographer: Brian Bass 
Wedding Dress: Bijou Bridal (private label)
Wedding Shoes: BHLDN
Wedding Earrings: J.Crew 
Groom's Suit: Banana Republic
Groom's and Groomsmen's Ties: Tie Bar 
Groom's Cuff Links and Tie Clip: Tie Bar
Groomsmen's Cuff Links: styledgents (Arsenal)
Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew (in dusty thistle)
Maid of Honor's Belt: Jill's Boutique 
Flowers/Decor: Kio Kreations 
Hair/Makeup: Patty McGuire Hair & Makeup Artists  
Wooden Sign: Greenstar Paperie 
Favors: Matchbooks by dippylulu
Cake Toppers: Lil Cake Toppers 

* Other details: The bridesmaids' robes, my veil and hair piece were custom made during a recent trip to Iran. My mom was the mastermind behind the Iranian sweets and ceremony spread. We designed all paper goods with Brian's sister and printed them ourselves. 


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