Evelyn and Pouyan had an intimate Persian wedding ceremony on August 22nd, known as the Aghd, amongst their closest friends and family at the gorgeous Soka University. The university gave the perfect backdrop for an elegant, cultural wedding with it's gorgeous statues, architecture, botanical gardens, and elaborate aqua colored pools in front of the ceremony.
During the Aghd, Evelyn and Pouyan were seated before an array of traditional wedding spread, called the Sofreh, put together by the mother and cousin of the groom. On the Sofreh facing them was a mirror, illuminated by candles on either side. There were also unique foods and decorations placed on the Sofreh and each had its own symbolism with regard to prosperity that it may bring. The married women in the family held above the couple a canopy of fine fabric and ground two cones of sugar over Evelyn and Pouyan's heads.
During this time, the officiant asks for the bride's hand in marriage on behalf of the groom. To represent the pursuit of the bride by the groom, the bride does not speak at first, and instead remains silent while the married women shout "excuses" like "she's off shopping!" After many attempts, the bride finally says "Baleh!" (yes). Then when the officiant directs the question to the groom, he answers without hesitation. Immediately after bring married, the bride and groom each dip one pinky finger in the cup of honey and feed it to one each other to hope for a sweet life.
The reception took place in the Art Gallery at Soka University, where the guest tables were surrounded by the Soka student's art. They served a variety of food including both western and authentic Persian food. They continued the reception with many Persian traditions, including the Knife Dance.
Evelyn and Pouyan's wedding day was beautiful in both aesthetic as well as the blending of two cultural families in the celebration of their love.