This wedding is off the chain. It is fully engaged in kicking butt and taking names, and it’s making no apologies for its actions. It is EPICNESS, brethren. Come, join me as I flop around in its bouncy castle of unmitigated brilliance. Mind the swords.
I’m sorry, I was reading the dictionary and the metaphor-in-ary? again today.
Ok, here, let’s play a game. This’ll be fun. The rules: on the count of three, say your answer – and seriously, don’t even think about it, just name it– ok, ready? Wait. Ready? Ok- 1-2-3…
Do you like the occasional SUPERPACKED WITH MAXIMUM COLOR WEDDING? YES? K…
Do you like meaningful weddings that speak both to the bride and groom? YES? OMG, ok…
Are you of the opinion that the Kardashians are little more than a mockery of what it truly means to be Persian? Did you just say YES???
Ok WHAT??!!!! OK DID WE JUST BECOME BEST FRIENDS?!?!?!?! OK YUP- WE JUST TOTALLY BECAME BEST FRIENDS.
You guys, I am involved in a deep, torrid love affair with this wedding, shared with TKB by Jodi Miller of Jodi Miller Photography. Jodi and Kurt are so good at what they do, so, so good. And you’ll soon see that this bonkers wedding is no exception. Thank you for sharing it, Jodi, you know just how to make my month. If you’re reading this and your name isn’t Jodi, well then one ‘makes my month’ by capturing images a-like a-this a-one:
I love details, but these moments between family and/or friends are pretty much the best going. Don’t you think?
Another thing I love is how well this wedding proves a couple of really stellar points I’ve been hoping to prove lately, but, y’know, without having to make much effort on my part. So thank you, This Wedding, for doing the legwork. You’re good people, Wedding.
1. FLOOR LENGTH GOWNS – A few brides have asked me if it’s *really* possible to pull off truly lovely LONG BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS that will look good in pictures. Uhhh YES. As you can see, we have a case in point today. Are they not gorgeous? (The answer is they’re gorgeous.)
2. LIGHTING - Photographers, you know lighting is everything. That’s pretty much common knowledge (I should hope…?). But what we’re usually referencing when we talk about *lighting* is natural, or sun, light. Today, it’s all about professional lighting. It is so, so awesome for indoor weddings specifically. The proof is in the pudding.
First, here are some words Jodi shared with me about Neda and Cyrus’s gorgeous wedding:
Neda & Cyrus planned a beautiful and unique wedding, which incorporated both Persian and American traditions. The two of them made a stunning couple and had a beautiful day that was a blend between a symbolic union and an elegant evening affair. They chose The Jefferson Hotel for their wedding location, which is one of Richmond, Virginia’s oldest hotels and is filled with old world style and epic architecture. Neda wanted a venue that was dramatic in the architecture and that would showcase how grand their wedding would be! They had flowers galore…orchids were scattered everywhere, including the boutonnieres, hairpieces for the girls, and of course in her gorgeous bouquet! Every single guest even had their own orchid. The ceremony had a traditional Persian wedding table lavishly adorned with symbolic decor, including sweets, pastries, honey, nuts, and fruits. Neda chose to have her father give their ceremony which was very emotional. At the end of the ceremony, the bride and groom feed each other honey, which represents the sweetness of marriage. Their reception hall was professionally lit with up lights that created a dramatic backdrop and atmosphere for the evening affair. Neda hand picked her wedding gown in NYC, the groom and groomsmen were outfitted in well-fitting tuxedos, and many of the family and guests changed outfits several times into ballroom gowns to match how grand of occasion their wedding was. Before the cake cutting, there was an elaborate sword dance, which is common in Persian weddings. The unmarried ladies dance with the sword in front of the bride and groom, whom in return give the girls money. There was a several course dinner, toasts, interpretive dances, and afterwards all of their guests flooded the dance floor and danced the night away.
P.S. – Jodi let me know that Josh Gooden has a highlights video of their wedding that you can view here. My friends, it’s just another example of how redonkulously important cinematography is for your wedding day. :)
Ok now scroll down, and enjoy!
You guys, I’m really loving the lack of nip-slip-inducing-sheerness that this Pnina Tornai has going for it. I didn’t realize Pnina Tornai made mainstream gowns, that aren’t sheer in the wrong places.
(Places such as the breasts, navel, and upper Leave it to Beaver region.)
Fun Fact: I was having trouble thinking up a new way to refer to m’lady parts on the blog so I asked Honey who’s working from home today for help. Which means I learned a new lesson today, which is never ask Honey (or, a guy, for that matter) for help in crafting up a new blog-safe term for your lady parts.
So, I’m dying to know, what do you think? You know, about anything as per usual. Absolutely anything.
Couple of questions, if you’d prefer a topic:
1. How ’bout that sword situation, eh? As Jodi informed me, it’s common practice in a traditional Persian wedding for the unmarried ladies to dance with swords in front of the bride and groom, who, in return, give the single ladies some money.
2. If you had your choice, would you go for colorful lighting for your wedding? Or are you more of a low-key kind of person? After seeing what pro lighting can do for a reception, I’m inclined to get some for my water closet (I’m going to start calling it that, more upper crust) and for my bedroom.
No red lighting, though. No red lighting.
xoxo! - Alison
Photography: Jodi and Kurt of Jodi Miller Photography / Venue: The Jefferson Hotel / Cinematography: Josh Gooden Cinematography / Coordination: Naomi Meyer / Florist: Flowers Make Scents / Caterer + Cake: The Jefferson Hotel / Makeup: Juliet Mates (friend and bridesmaid) / Dress: Pnina Tornai of Kleinfield, NYC / Lighting: Blue Steel Lighting Design