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!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com. We HEART submissions!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Akata & Avaneesh’s Lavish Indian Wedding :: Sassani Photography :: Part 2

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s featured wedding comes from Ben Sassani of Sassani Photography. He is a Houston, Texas based wedding photographer. Ben has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature. Thank you! We also want to give a shout out to the AH-Mazing Amber Strickler of Zasey Photography for second shooting on this gorgeous wedding! This wedding is so awesome and so full of details that we decided to break this feature up into two posts. Last week, we covered all of the pre-ceremony images. (Click here to see Part 1!) Today, we’ll cover all of the ceremony and the reception images.

Akata and Avaneesh were married at The Hilton Post Oak in Houston, Texas on May 28, 2011. Akata and Avanessh were kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

What sold you on your wedding venue? We needed a place that could fit 600 people, a nice location, and guest accomodations. We found it at the Hilton Post Oak in Houston, TX!

What was your favorite part of your big day?

Akata: At the end of the reception, when I finally danced with Avaneesh, as my husband, to a song that describes everything he is to me. “The Truth” by India.Arie.

Avaneesh: Akata’s wedding entrance. In traditional Indian wedding custom, the groom is shielded (by way of holding a drape in front of him) from watching the bride’s entrance to the mandap where he is waiting. This is done so that everyone except the groom can watch her graceful entrance while he sits in anticipation (yes, it’s very mean). So while this was happening, my sister (who was holding the drape) was giving me a play-by-play so that I could have some idea of what was going on. Then all of a sudden my sister gasps and says “she’s crying, it’s so cute!” and then starts crying herself. Then I hear of a chorus of guests break out into sniffles as they join Akata in her tears of joy. I almost started crying as I was overwhelmed with joy myself…but luckily I was able to hold it back and saved myself from being laughed at by my groomsmen! I understood where Akata was coming from at that moment as I too had been waiting more than two years from the day I fell in love with her for this very day and it was finally here.

What song did you dance to for your first dance? Our first dance was to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Calliat

How did you choose your wedding color palette? Many traditional Indian weddings have gold, white and maroon or red as wedding colors so that was the easy part. For our reception, I wanted colors that represented Avaneesh and I. I love the color plum pink! I had always imagined that plum pink and snow white would somehow be incorporated into my reception colors. When Avaneesh and I went to India to do our wedding shopping, we both found the perfect reception outfits–mine was a dark plum pink and his was a royal blue. So, our color palette included different hues of pink and blue with snow white and silver accents to give an icy white look. (I wanted us to look like a prince and princess celebrating our wedding in a winter wonderland :))

Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Plan ahead!  Regardless of how much time you have (or don’t have), it’s important to move quickly on the decisions you have made and make a timely, sound decisions on those you haven’t.  In a city the size of Houston, there are hundreds (possibly thousands) of weddings year-round, so if you have a particular venue, photographer, make-up artist, etc. in-mind, then book them quickly because if you wait too long, you’re most likely going to be searching for the next-best option.  Also, most vendors require non-refundable deposits, so make sure you are completely sold on the vendor before signing any contract or paying any deposit because that money is not coming back.  I feel that some couples make decisions too quickly without having done the proper research and end up regretting it.  Some even take the loss (which can be in the thousands) and sign with another vendor they liked better.  Take your time in making decisions but make sure they are YOUR decisions.  It is okay to include family members and/or friends in the process but keep in mind that this is your wedding and you make the decisions!  Also, be as organized as possible.  We used Google applications (email, calendar, documents) to stay organized and to collaborate with our family members who were helping us.  If you have a large family, use them :)  Assign roles and responsibilities early on so everyone knows what’s expected of them on the Big Day.

Vendors:

Venue: Hilton Post Oak in Houston, TX

Dress: Bawree in Santacruz, Mumbai, India

Cake: We opted out of a cake and used that money to make our wedding even more special to us.

Floral: I ordered them from Sam’s Club and my sisters and cousins made my and my bridesmaids bouquets.

Linens: Mandap Creations for ALL of our decorations

Catering: Bombay Brasserie

DJ/Band: DJ Yogi Goyal

Videographer: A&A Video

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: I bought them from a small invitation shop in Mumbai. I cannot remember the name!

Event Planner: Avaneesh and I were the only planners for our wedding. He was amazing throughout the process!

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, Akata & Avaneesh, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you both a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com. We HEART submissions!

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Akata & Avaneesh’s Lavish Indian Wedding :: Sassani Photography :: Part 1

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!! Today’s featured wedding comes from Ben Sassani of Sassani Photography.  He is a Houston, Texas based wedding photographer. Ben has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature. Thank you!  We also want to give a shout out to the AH-Mazing Amber Strickler of Zasey Photography for second shooting on this gorgeous wedding!  This wedding is so awesome and so full of details that we decided to break this feature up into two posts.  Today we will cover all of the pre-ceremony images.  Next week, we’ll cover all of the ceremony and the reception images.

Akata and Avaneesh were married at The Hilton Post Oak in Houston, Texas on May 28, 2011. Akata and Avanessh were kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

How did y’all meet? Avaneesh and I had met 2.5 years before we started dating at my cousin’s husband’s birthday party. His sister and my cousin are best friends! 

How long have you been together? A little over 2 years.

 How did Avaneesh propose? Avaneesh surprised me with a trip to Nassau, Bahamas. He rented a private boat and had the captain take us to the uninhabited Rose Island (named for the color of its sand-pink, aka my favorite color!). As the sun was setting, he got down on one knee and proposed!

Akata, your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? Well we were having a traditional Indian wedding with all the pre-wedding events and the wedding and reception. I needed to buy 5 Indian outfits. My family and I traveled to India for 2 weeks and purchase all of my outfits in Mumbai. I knew my wedding outfit was the “one” because when I saw it, I immediately pictured myself walking down the aisle in it. I hadn’t felt that way about any other outfit I had seen.

Akata, what was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  Because I had so many events for my wedding, I spread them out throughout the 3 days. My something old was a necklace my grandmother left me; I wore it to my first event, the Mehndi. For my something new, I had all my new outfits from India. My something borrowed was the necklace my grandmother gave to my mother to wear at her wedding. I wore the same necklace for my wedding. My something blue was Avaneesh! His outfit for our reception was an elegant blue Indian outfit.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this gorgeous wedding!  It will be featured on Wednesday, August 31st!!!

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, Akata & Avaneesh, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you both a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at submissions@groomsoldseparately.com. We HEART submissions!

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