Our Wedding: A Little Church Ceremony

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

We went back and forth on what type of wedding ceremony we wanted to have (I initially wanted my cousin from Australia to marry us in my parents' beautiful, open backyard in the suburbs, but the guest count didn't allow for that. "IMAGINE THE LINE FOR THE BATHROOM," they said) but ultimately decided on a big, fat Iranian wedding — a secular ceremony in Farsi and English. It was the most joyous day, better than we could have ever imagined, but when we first started planning, it felt like something was missing.

As we put some structure around our plans we decided my Persian culture was going to dominate the big day, so we chose to also get married at Brian's childhood church a month later with a little ceremony with only our immediate families (my mom made me a little bouquet to make me feel like a bride all over again ;-). Our dear friend Giedre of Walking Dot Photography photographed it, and we're so glad we did this. It felt just as special as the month before but much more intimate and relaxed. We had several meetings with the priest before the ceremony, and sharing our story with him, having him validate our marriage, meant a lot to both of us.

I started feeling a bit under the weather the day before the ceremony and woke up the next day with the runniest nose and fever, so I can't help but notice how puffy I look in all of these photos! After the ceremony we went to a fancy lunch, and everyone was ordering cocktails and later the most beautiful desserts. I had no appetite and kept having my orange juice refilled. I was so bummed. I went home and slept immediately after and can't thank Giedre enough for somehow still managing to take photos of us I'll cherish forever.

A shot outside the bar we met at six years ago. Time flies! 

My dress was a gift sent to me from the wonderful folks behind eShakti, and I've received dozens of compliments on it. I wish I had known about eShakti when I was having my bridal showers. Every item on the site is fully customizable (and so reasonably priced). You can choose your size and height or put in custom measurements. From there you can change just about anything on every piece of apparel: sleeve length, knee length, neckline, you name it. I loved how my lace dress turned out, and because I got to put in my input, it felt unique and special to me (I made the sleeves and overall dress a bit longer and changed it from a scoop neck to a little v-neck).

As much as I loved every dress and detail during every step of the wedding process, at the end of this ceremony we deemed this marriage signed, sealed, delivered. We've walked away with thousands of photos, a couple of videos and hearts filled with enough love to last us a lifetime.

P.S. You can find every post on our wedding here!


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