Stylish Blue, Pink and Gray Persian Wedding at Villa del Sol D’Oro in Sierra Madre, CA – Ava and Jordan

May 28, 2010 | editorial team

glamorous Sierra Madre Persian real wedding, with two ceremonies, images by Stephanie Williams Photography

We are simply smitten with this week’s beautiful Real Wedding photographed by Stephanie Williams Photography. Ava and Jordan’s two day celebration had not one, but two stunning ceremonies. The first was a traditional Persian wedding “aghd,” followed by a secular ceremony the next day, and both were filled with sweet personal touches that truly melt our hearts.

The Goals: Ava and Jordan wanted their wedding day to be an intimate celebration that was unique and personal to them. Throughout their planning, they tried to remind each other that it was a once-in-a-lifetime special day and that they should create an event that was exactly what they envisioned. With this in mind, the couple chose the Villa del Sol D’Oro, in Sierra Madre, an old-fashioned Italian-style palazzo, for their nuptials.

glamorous Sierra Madre Persian real wedding, with two ceremonies, images by Stephanie Williams Photography

The Design: Since Ava’s favorite color is blue, the planning began there. A color palette of navy blue and dusty pink with silver and fuchsia accents was chosen, and the space was illuminated with dozens and dozens of sparkling votive candles. Although the plan had originally been to have an outdoor wedding, when the big day arrived it proceeded to pour rain all day long. Ava and Jordan were happy to go with the flow, and they simply moved the event inside at the last minute. “It made everything more romantic and cozy.”

The couple’s invitations were custom made by a graphic designer from a combination of five designs. One was a symbol of a gramophone, chosen for the couple’s love of music and its vintage feel, and they tried to tie those themes into all of their wedding details.

glamorous Sierra Madre Persian real wedding, with two ceremonies, images by Stephanie Williams Photography

The Look: After trying on dozens of dresses, the bride found her perfect match in a gown from David’s Bridal, accessorized with a feathered birdcage veil and blue shoes. Jordan and his groomsmen wore vests from John Varvatos and suits from Theory, all tied together with brooches in place of traditional boutonnieres, a unique and stylish fashion idea courtesy of the groom himself! The bridesmaids looked amazing in blue cocktail dresses from BCBG.

glamorous Sierra Madre Persian real wedding, with two ceremonies, images by Stephanie Williams Photography

The Moments: Ava and Jordan’s first ceremony, a Persian aghd, was held at the bride’s mothers house in the late afternoon, in keeping with Persian tradition that the ceremony must occur before sunset. Performed by Ava’s grandfather, it was filled with meaningful symbolism for the couple. Throughout the aghd, the women in the family ground two cones of white sugar above the heads of the bride and groom, ensuring that they will have a sweet marriage. After Ava’s grandmother read a poem written specially for the occasion, the rest of the evening was filled with an amazing feast, much laughter, and plenty of gifts.

The next day, following a second ceremony where the couple wrote their own vows, Jordan says, “Ava and I were the first to exit the room. Rather than returning to the preparation room with the remainder of the wedding party, we locked ourselves in the bathroom. There we spent several minutes crying and holding each other. Regardless of everything else that was going on, we had just gone through the process of certifying a union that is intended to last a lifetime. Being able to share in the significance of that moment is indicative of the relationship we have created.”

The celebration continued with a father-daughter swing dance to “Just a Gigolo” by Louis Prima, and Jordan then surprised his new bride by singing one of Ava’s favorite songs, “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” by Elton John.

glamorous Sierra Madre Persian real wedding, with two ceremonies, images by Stephanie Williams Photography

The Details: Ava and Jordan say that one of their best decisions of the night was having a photo booth with props, provided by Photoboof, because it added such a fun element to the celebration and provided them with a wonderful scrapbook after the festivities were over. As the bride and groom made their way home at the end of the night, Ava announced she was hungry and that she wanted to go to McDonald’s. Jordan said it was actually one of the most romantic moments of the day for him, because “no matter how much money was spent or what we had planned, Ava was Ava always hungry.” So funny, and so sweet.

The Pros: To learn about all of the incredible wedding professionals who helped to make this wedding a reality, please visit our Real Weddings section.

Thank you so much for sharing your unique wedding with us Ava and Jordan! What a wonderful event!

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  1. So in love with her sofreh. I had a beautiful persian ceremony at my wedding and just feel like it added so much! I love the color scheme as well, excellent post.

  2. It was a honor and joy to help plan Ava and Jordan’s Wedding. They were such a great couple and so in love – you can just see it in the photos. Thanks for the blog love!!!

  3. The bride’s dress is simple yet elegant…Also the bridesmaids’ dresses, they are all stunning!…The event was perfectly done!…Congratulations to the newly wed…

  4. Absolutely stunning pictures! I love all of the small yet subtle details! Just how a wedding should be!

  5. Delightful! I love the part about locking themselves in the bathroom just to get a moment together! With all the preparation that goes into a wedding, it’s nice to see that this couple stole a moment for themselves when it mattered.

  6. The letters J & A look pretty beautiful and quite romantic, especially because it’s made out of white flowers. The cupcakes look adorably sweet and tempting!

  7. I love the navy and pink color scheme. So much fun!

  8. A very beautiful wedding. Makes me so happy to see pictures of people sooo in love. Congratulations!

  9. I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here for free for your online readers. thanks peace claudia.

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