Bahar & Eric
Your love story: Bahar says, “Eric and I met nine years ago in university at a nursing and engineering formal. Weirdly Eric was neither, but just tagging along with some of his friends. We had a mutual friend introduce us who thought we would be a funny couple as Eric is 6’3 and I’m only 4’10. We hit it off right away. After that night, we saw each other everyday for 2 weeks straight. Since then we’ve had to endure long distance (Eric moved to Los Angeles after graduating), while I lived in London, Vancouver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and San Francisco in order to get a job as a registered nurse in Los Angeles!
Eric proposed after 8 years of dating at a beautiful resort in Cordevalle California. He had set up a private table on the hillside with the things I love most in this world: sweets! I was overcome with emotion and was so excited to take the next steps with my best friend.”
The best part: “My favourite part of the day was foregoing the first look and instead walking down the aisle and seeing Eric cry,” says Bahar. “Eric does not cry often and I was shocked that he was doing it in front of all of our guests! As soon as I saw him I started crying too and I think that set the chain reaction off; our parents, groomsmen, bridesmaids, even distant cousins started bawling. The other part of the day that I’ll always cherish is having our dog Max with us. He walked down the aisle with my man of honour Arash (my brother) and he melted our hearts in his small little tuxedo.”
Unique aspects: “We had a Persian ceremony,” says Bahar. “So instead of the bride and groom standing facing each other, we were sitting down facing our guests with a sofreh aghd (Persian wedding ceremonial spread) in front of us. There were several ceremonial actions we went through including having raw sugar ground above our heads onto a cloth and dipping our pinkies into honey to feed each other. Each item and action of the spread represented an aspect of starting a new marriage. We also had my brother marry us, as we both wanted someone who knew us intimately to marry us. We also included a belly dancer for dinner entertainment which added some cultural flare.”