GSS Featured Wedding :: Sepideh & Hasan’s Exquisite Persian Wedding :: Ben Sassani Photography

Happy Friday, Lovelies!!! Today’s featured wedding comes from Ben Sassani of Sassani Photography. He is a Houston, Texas based wedding photographer. Ben has been so very accommodating to GSS on this feature. Thank you!

Sepideh & Hasan were married at Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas on August 25, 2012.  Sepideh was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

For those of you who have never experienced a Persian wedding (us included):  “The main tradition of a Persian wedding is the Persian ceremony also called the “Sofreh Aghd.”  The Sofreh Aghd consists of many items, each with a specific meaning.  You can find a link of the breakdown of each item by clicking here.”    

How did you and Hasan meet?   We met through Hasan’s best friend, Zade.  I was good friends with Zade’s girlfriend but I had not met Hasan before.  I went out just to have a good time with her, but I happened to meet Hasan and  it was love at first sight. 

 How long have you been together?  We have been together for 2 years and 4 months. 

How did Hasan propose?  Hasan set up a get together with a bunch of friends at a wine room.  Everyone was having  a good time and then Hasan was like “Hey guys lets take a group picture by the Christmas tree!” (It was December 17) As we all started to pose for the picture Hasan got down on one knee and popped the question in front of everyone.  It was a magical moment.  

What sold you on your wedding venue?  From the time I was a child, my dream wedding venue was somewhere that had a very nice view.  When planning rolled around we only checked out two places that had good views.  One was the Westin Galleria, and the other was the Petroleum Club in downtown.  Because of the Persian culture it was important for me to have somewhere that would cater the Persian food I was trying to have and unfortunately the Petroleum Club did not do so.  That was when I chose the Westin Galleria.  Not only did they have a great view it was also very spacious and fit my dream venue requirements  perfectly.  My wedding was on the 24th floor.  

Your dress is gorgeous (Seriously. To. Die. For.) , where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”?   It was from Winnie Couture.  Originally the dress was not that extravagant.  It was a plain dress with a mermaid trail.  But I wanted something a little more detailed.  Luckily, they were able to add  the beading to the top of the  dress to make it how I wanted it to look.  The moment I wore my wedding dress I knew it was the dress I always dreamed of.  It was like a Princess dress!!!

How did you choose your wedding color palette?  I always wanted a black/white wedding with a pop of color, so the final colors were black, white, fuchsia, and green.

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process?  I would advise any future bride and grooms to be very relaxed in planning.   Take your time, make sure you love everything you have, and enjoy every moment of your wedding because it is once in a lifetime. 

 What song did you dance to for your first dance? Our first dance was by Celine Dion “Because you loved me.” The song lyrics described our feelings towards each other.

What was your favorite part of your big day?  Our favorite part of the wedding was when we both finally got to see each other.  The way they planned it was they had Hasan waiting in the ceremony room with his back turned towards the door I was planning on coming through.  While he had his back turned they asked me to walk in and as soon as Hasan turned around and saw me it was like the first time all over again…so magical. 

 Vendors: 

Venue: The Westin Galleria, Houston, Texas

Dress: Winnie Couture

Cake: Edible Designs by Jessie

Floral: Darryl & Co.

Linens: Daryl & Co.

Catering: Cafe Caspian

Dj: DJ Empire

Videography: Luxe Films Houston

Stationery: Memories of Today

Event Planner: Mai Dang of Honeydew Events

Sofreh Aghd: Sofreh Chic

Hair & Makeup: Kristin Daneill  {My hair stylist was phenomenal, she gave me the exact hair style I wanted and for make up I decided to do air brush….best idea ever!! I would recommend air brushing for any bride for the future.}

Photography: Sassani Photography

Thank you so much, Ben, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love! And thank you, Sepideh, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and Hasan a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Kimmia & Brent’s Nashville Wedding :: Evan Baines Photography

We have an amazing featured wedding today from Nashville Wedding Photographer, Evan Baines.  You might recognize his name… Evan  is a past Guest Blogger for GSS and wrote an awesome article on understanding wedding photography.  One of our favorite things about Evan“When you’re sitting together in 30 years looking at your wedding album, you won’t be thinking about how cool or stylish your wedding photographer was. The first thing that comes to your mind won’t be his dynamic lighting style or fancy Photoshop effects. Your photos are going to be treasured documents of family history, revitalizing memory in some and illustrating the past for others. I believe in using style to facilitate the content of the photos:  my art serves your moments.”  WOW!  How perfectly stated!

Kimmia and Brent were married August 14, 2010 in  a Persian ceremony at the Hutton Hotel, followed by a traditional Western ceremony at Scarritt Bennett Center’s Wrightman Chapel in Nashville, Tennessee.  Kimmia purchased her amazing dress at The Bride Room, and Stephanie Russell of Hair Mafia styled Kimmia’s hair. Kimmia and Brent had both an outstanding band: Band 24/7, and a solid DJ to keep the party rolling when the band wasn’t playing.  Evan gives a special thanks to the wonderful Gipsy Williams from Enchanted Brides for her help with the portraits!

From Evan“After working with Kimmia three times now: her engagement session, bridal portraits, and now her wedding, I have to say that my favorite part of photographing her is that she’s not only beautiful but expressive. Kimmia’s happiness is infectious, and it translates marvelously well into documentary photography. But not only is Kimmia photogenic: her entire family are wonderful subjects: witness Daniel’s brilliant portrait of her father, Kimmia’s gorgeous mother and her two lovely gowns, or the numerous instances where her outgoing brother Nima appears in this series.

Obviously, this is a large set of photos… due in part to the extended nature of the coverage. Note that as usual, about 80% of these images are completely un-posed and documentary in nature.”

 Also, click hereif you’d like to see Kimmia’s gorgeous bridals.  They are unbelievably stunning!

Kimmia’s mother modeling the first of her gowns.

The above picture is HILARIOUS!

Portrait of Kimmia’s father.  LOVE it.

Opening her wedding gift from Brent.

The Bridesmaids practicing their Hip-Hop/Persian entry dance for the reception.

Kimmia and Brent’s first look.

The Persian wedding ceremony.

And now for Kimmia and Brent’s traditional wedding ceremony…

Check out the guestbook (bottom right corner of above collage)… It’s was a blank canvas that guests were asked to paint on! (Notice paints on the table next to the canvas).  Such a great idea!

Let the fun begin!

Thank you so much, Evan, for sharing this amazing wedding with us!  Please stop by his website and blogand show him some love!  And Kimmia and Brent, we wish you a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!  May every day be better than the last!

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