Meet Mariam & Jay.
Two people who can make each other laugh so easily, care so deeply, and welcome others so warmly. Their wedding day at The Independence Golf Club in Richmond, Virginia, was simply gorgeous!
They had TWO ceremonies to honor each other's cultures & families
- each so beautiful and full of meaning.
Everyone was dressed to the nines
and gosh, could they dance!
Choosing favorites from this day...
I mean, just wow!
Listen to a favorite of the groom's while you scroll: XO by John Mayer
"I want to treasure,
to savor every moment,
with him..." you said.
The Persian Wedding Ceremony.
An intimate family celebration, rooted in 2500 years of history.
Those from far & near gather together, speak blessing and give gifts in honor of your new life together.
The ornamental spread features items symbolizing qualities the
couple bring into their life together.
Fruits signifying divine creation and a joyous future,
breads, gold coins, and sweets for prosperity, wealth,
and sweetness in marriage are only but a part of the Sofreh.
Together, for eternity - as seen through your reflection.
"Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing
It is looking at the thorn and seeing the Rose
Looking at the night and seeing the light
Lovers are patient and know the moon needs time to become full"
"I just want her to be happy.
Because that will make me be happy..."
It's always the best decision.
I'm not sorry for all these veil shots either...
The low murmur of various languages
& clanking of glasses fills the crisp, fall air.
"...besides being together," you said,
"we want to celebrate with our friends and just DANCE."
Dollar bills come out.
The music is loud & lively.
The knife dance - a Persian tradition of the bride's family stealing the cake knife and dancing around the room until the couple pays enough to retrieve it - begins.
Listen while you scroll here: Ey Joonam, Sami Beigi.
Mariam & Jay,
Walking alongside you two this past year - read: eating donuts at sunrise at a historic estate - has been full of pretty rad experiences. Learning about your family and cultural traditions were also highlights. Thank you for trusting us with your love story, your moments, and your beautiful wedding day. You two love each other so well and how you put the other above yourself is inspiring to witness. Also, I've been listening to all kinds of Persian music now...Stephen says thank you...
Let's continue the adventures, yeah? Where to next?
Enjoy honeymooning in Kauai & Maui!!
Love you & always,
--Tara (& Stephen)
There was an amazing team of vendors working their magic behind the scenes to make this day happen! Thank you doesn't do you all justice!! GO. TEAM.
Photography | Yours truly - Pattengale Photography
Dress Store | Annalise Bridal Boutique
Wedding Dress Designer | Anne Barge
Bride's Shoes | Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaid Dresses | BHLDN, Chicago
Groom's Attire | SAK, Calvin Klein
Bride & Groom Prep Location | Independence Golf Club, Richmond, VA
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Independence Golf Club
Reception Style Dinner | Buffet Style Dinner
Wedding Planner | Megan Campell - Independence Golf Club
Florist | Flowers Make Scent
Hair Stylist | Salisbury Hair Productions
Makeup | Done by the Bride (amazing, right?!)
Wedding Papers | Minted
Calligrapher | Abigail T Calligraphy
Cake | Sugar Britches Sweet & Treats
Catering | Independence Golf Club
DJ | Shodj
Wedding Colors | Blush, Ivory, & Gold
Inspiration / Theme | Glamorous Bohemian