Nasim and Bobby’s glamorous Persian wedding was full of culture and style.
After 7 years of long-distance dating, doctorate degrees and residencies, Bobby proposed to Nasim during a romantic trip to the French Riveria. They immediately started planning the wedding of their dreams.
Their wedding had a classic romantic garden vibe taking place at a Tudor manor house overlooking the James River in Virginia. The venue was engulfed with beautiful stained glass, intricate fountains, and lush Italian gardens around every corner. After the outdoor ceremony, guests headed to The Jefferson Hotel for a reception that was a nonstop party.
See all of the glam details below.
Tell us how you met and all about the proposal.
We met in Richmond, VA in 2013 while Bobby was starting Pharmacy school at MCV and I was continuing my undergraduate curriculum at VCU. After 7 long years between doctorate degrees, residencies, and long-distance dating we got engaged! Bobby proposed during a trip to the French Riviera. We had just spent the entire day exploring the beaches in Nice and drinking rose in Monaco, when he proposed on a seaside cliff along an Eze village at sunset.
How did you know they were “the one”?
I knew she was ‘the one’ from the first time we were introduced. I could not take my eyes of her, at our first date we spent hours talking, to the point the server had to come back 10 times to try to take our order, but we both hadn’t glanced at the menu once. That type of bond only grew, and within 2 months of meeting we were dating, and that was 8 years ago, she is the love of my life, my better half, and my soulmate.
Did you incorporate any culture into your wedding?
In Persian weddings it is common to have a sofreh aghd which is a large ornamental piece of cloth spread on a table that contains many items that symbolize different qualities that we would hope to bring into our new life together. Items displayed included a spice try to guard against the evil eye, eggs for fertility, sugar to sweeten our future, and a mirror to bring brightness and reflection to our future. Our sofreh aghed was very special because we were able to display items that have been passed down from generations of my family. It was very special to be able to use the same cake knife for the Raghse Chagoo (Knife dance) that was used at my parents wedding 35 years ago.
Describe your wedding style
The Virginia house is a romantic tudor manor house that overlooks the James river. The venue is engulfed with beautiful stained glass, intricate fountains, and lush Italian gardens around every corner. Our wedding had a classic romantic garden vibe.
Describe your wedding dress and your favorite wedding accessory.
I wore an off the shoulder, lace fit-and-flare wedding gown by Essense of Australia. It included lattice detailing throughout the gown with ivory beadwork and French lace silhouette beneath. The front of the gown had a minor plunge sweetheart neckline. My favorite wedding accessory was the crystal bracelet I wore from olive & piper because it brought attention to the flower bouquet and matched my wedding ring.
What is your best memory from your wedding?
One of our best memories was during the sofreh aghd ceremony, we had three generations of women rub sugar over our head for a life of sweetness as is custom in Persian weddings. To have that moment of three past generations there for support and wishing us prosperity in our future was very reassuring and nostalgic. Additionally, walking down the iconic staircase into the rotunda of the Jefferson hotel to see all of our friends and family gathered was truly an incredible moment.
What is the best wedding advice you can give to engaged couples?
After the engagement excitement has passed and you begin the planning process the very first thing you both should determine is budget, wedding size, and location. Once those three things have been locked in; the rest is smooth sailing.
Others’ opinions are irrelevant, this is your day so do whatever makes you happy. There are no rules, do you!
Don’t get inundated with the small details like floral arrangements, bridesmaids shoes, or a photo wish list that’s a mile long. No one remembers the minor details, they are just there to celebrate you and the new journey you are about to embark on.
Enjoy the ride, don’t stress out about the planning, the finances, the never seemingly never ending ‘to-do’s. It will all work out in the end!
- Venue: Virginia House– @virginiahistory
- Catering, Cake, Reception: The Jefferson Hotel– @thejeffersonhotel
- Planner: CCS Events– @ccseventsrva
- Florist: Tommy’s Garden– @tommysgardenrva
- DJ and Lighting: DJ Shamoundi @djshamoudi
- Rentals: Classic Party Rentals of VA Inc.- @cprova
- Rentals: The Lighting and Sound Company– @lightingandsoundco (greenery wall)
- Photography and Video: Nugen Media @nugenmedia
- Rentals: MS Events– @mseventscville
- Photobooth: Richmond Photobooth– @richmondphotobooth James
- Limousine Service: James Limousine @jameslimousine
- Invitation: Minted @mintedweddings.com