I have for sometime wanted to explore weddings out side the “south asian” bracket, simply because i love them, but have held back because of the blog name i know that’s kinda silly, especially as all wedding are there to be celebrated.
Interfaith and multi-ethnic weddings have something really special about them, i feel privileged to be able to share these distinctively personal events with you. So when Jess from Jess Petrie Photography said she had just shot a Persian wedding, i jumped at featuring it, the bride Parya has been so gracious and wrote out so many details about the wedding, that while reading i could see so many cultural similarities.
Plus if your thinking of English country garden wedding next year, then this is your inspiration right here!
Photography by & Copyright (c) Jess Petrie Photography
What were the most meaningful moments of your wedding?
I would like to say the speeches, however bearing in mind the embarrassing nature of my fathers speech I am not sure if it would be appropriate. My parents are both professors and my father THOUGHT it would be appropriate to do a lecture style powerpoint presentation. The content is too embarrassing to repeat, but anyone who understood the equation I am sure has not forgot it and anyone who didn’t understand.. trust me, it is better that way.
Davids speech was also very special and made a few people well up. He really managed to convey our appreciation for friends and family especially those who had traveled from abroad.
What was your biggest challenge, and how did you overcome it?
Bringing three cultures together and keeping everyone happy. We have a English, Iranian and Azerbaijani background between us so it was quite important to us and our families to bring this all together.
We tried to include traditions of each culture in the wedding day. As described in relvant sections.
We also wanted silver service three course menu that was halal but not south Asian food as I can’t handle spice at all and I didn’t want a buffet. The caterers – John and Katrina of friends for dinner, sourced halal meat for the meal and canapés. They put a nice middle eastern twist on the menu that we discussed with them over meetings and tasting sessions.
What was the funniest moment of your wedding
Luke Michael getting the guests to sing! He was brilliant he really got involved on the dancefloor with guest everyone absolutely loved him! There are lots of photos Jess and rodreigo took that capture people laughing- I giggle every time I look at them
David falling off the electric bull and I think the Photo booth made many funny memories for our guests.
Tell us about your ceremony
I’ve always wanted a garden ceremony and we had one at my parents’ house, as it was not registered the Sheffield Town Hall suggested a ceremony at the town hall followed by a renewal of vows as the garden ceremony. The Sheffield Town hall were so lovely and helpful they even bought us a little wedding present to the garden ceremony!
We had an English style ceremony with my father taking me down the aisle following my bridesmaids. As this was quite important to my English Mother-in-law
Helium strings play beautifully and repeated the songs a few times while the guests settled down for my entrance!
Tell us about your outfits
I started by knowing what I wanted my head – but the problem was I wanted three things. I wanted a poofy Cinderella like dress with a detachable lace top, I wanted one with a bit of gold in it and I wanted a fitted one with lace and little diamante detail.
After a lot of googling I found the first dress I wanted ‘the Maggie sottero –tuscana dress’, only to find it was discontinued I contacted a lot of places and no one could get hold of it. A friend recommended I have a similar one made abroad so that is what I did through a contact.
My second dress was form Ivy house bridal, just off the m606 (I used to pass it on my way home from uni). I also bought my engagement dress a couple of years ago from Linda and she is literally my fairy god mother – she can make anything possible, I explained what I wanted and I fell in love with the first dress I tried on – I wanted lace on the back and little pearl buttons. I wanted the lace to be detachable but look like part of the dress and she did all of this for me!
My third dress I ended up getting by chance when I went to see the boys suits from Georgian house Bridal in Doncaster. It was love at first sight and David wish he had never made me go with him.
Shoes I had a pair of Jimmy choo lace shoes from the bridal collection – which was one of the first things I bought as soon as I booked the wedding. Some gold loboutins and some gold pointy Michael Kors shoes from Selfridges.
We’d love to feature a reading, or hear about any cultural traditions you included.
Chose this one ourselves – This day I married my best friend. Because we were best friends for a long time before we got together and hung out in a group of close friends. As well as being the best partner possible David is honestly the bestest friend I could ever have (and he says I am his best friend too! J ). Read by David. – This day I married my best friend
And chose two from the ones provided by the town hall (believe it or not David chose these!) The first was read by the lovely registrar and the second by David. The Art of Marriage / My Love
The father and bride dance was a traditional Azeri song. And We had a lot of guests trying to join in!
We did a Persian knife dance which was lots of fun (look for Persian knife dances on youtube). In this dance, before cake cutting, the brides sister and friends tease the groom by getting money off him in exchange for the knife, once they get the money they pass it on to the next person! Eventually he gets the knife!
What was the most important lesson you learned from your wedding?
It cant be done without a wedding planner! Charlotte was truly brilliant, took so much pressure off and is now a friend of ours. She also helped with my sisters wedding. We can’t recommend her enough.
Jess Petrie our amazing photographer – she also understood the Iranian traditions which is always helpful.
We had Luke Michael singing- he looks like Olly Murs and sings like Michael Buble! A few people have booked him since the wedding.
We also had Delsa Ghorbani, who was a runner up on Googoosh academy ( an Iranian version of Xfactor!) singing iranian and Turkish and she even made a mix of songs that can be downloaded online! She is a good friend of ours,
We used Wharfe Marquee Hire, Mikes Marquees certainly have the wow factor.
Best Wedding Videos were fantastic, discreet and did some messages from our guests! Tony really communicated with us and the wedding planner prior to the wedding to put us at ease.
Our Florist was Louisa at Townsend flowers is amazing, look at the lovely flower arch! She did my sisters wedding also and her arrangements are so impressive that we had to go with her, she is very hassle free and uses her own initiative once she has got to know you making the preparation run smoothly
My make-up was by Zaiba Khan who is amazing and can literally do any style of make-up.
Some of the Bridesmaids were done by a lovely lady called Jeanine based in Sheffield.
Hair was by Kerry at fruition in Sheffield
Friends for dinner were our caterers who managed to get us halal meat and put a persian twist on our food.
A big thanks to Charlotte of eden and eve, an amazing wedding planner. She is honestly the best, our day could not have been as perfect without her.
Halifax cars – it’s always good to start the day with a smile and Peter ensured this. HE even let me pretend to drive on the way back from the ceremony!
Ivy house bridal Bradford
Georgian House bridal Doncaster
Helium strings were a lovely string trio that we used for the ceremony.
Grand piano from – Shackleford pianos