A Persian ceremony under an elegant and symbolic shawl held up by the bride’s closest friends was a beautiful start to the celebration. Add in a magical dusting as sugar cones are ground together above Safa and Stephen’s heads – to shower them in sweetness, of course. And an elaborate Persian wedding spread, or Sofreh-ye Aghd, looks like something out of an editorial photo shoot, stretched luxuriously across the floor and laden with stunning colorful details – honey, pomegranates, herbs, almonds, each one signifying a different blessing for the newlyweds. The light, the fresh ambiance of garden roses and lilies, the warmth of the entire night. Perfection. The kind of perfection that makes a scroll-through worth your time.
Congratulations to this beautiful couple whom I got to know as I documented their big day from start to finish with pre-wedding preparations at the stately Mid-America Club and the Hyatt Hotel, to portraits around the Shedd Aquarium overlooking the city skyline and in Tiffany & Co. Celebration Garden.
DJ Ped Sultan Farazandeh kept the party going all night for this couple that loves music and dancing. Between a surprise dance for Safa performed by her groom and his twin brothers, and cake knife-wielding bridesmaids taunting Stephen to fork over cash in exchange for cake, the night was beyond festive and joyous, rightly so. This wedding had one of the most packed and vibrant dance floors I’ve ever seen and all of their guests truly had a blast!
The joy and love Safa and Stephen share absolutely radiated from them, creating a beautifully emotional and incredibly fun, yet intimate celebration. Scroll through for a peek into their special night!
Safa and Stephen’s Wedding Guide ::
Venue, The Mid-America Club // Bride’s Attire, Romona Keveza gown, ZIGIsoho shoes // Bride’s Hair & Makeup, Chris Connor // Wedding Consultant, Misha Newgen // Florist, M&P Floral and Event Production // Cake, Bittersweet // Caterer, The Mid-America Club // Music, DJ Ped Sultan Farazandeh // Videographer, Lexoria Films // Officiants, Alen Takhsh, Alireza Partovi