When Tala Bakhtar first saw Saumaun Javaherian at a mutual friend’s birthday party, she remembers thinking how lucky any girl would be to be with him. “Little did I know, he felt the same way!” shares Tala. “When he got my number, he later texted to make sure I got home safely by calling me Mrs. Javaherian… predicting the future.” While on a family trip to Europe, Saumaun orchestrated a perfect proposal in Paris.
The couple spent the next two years planning their dream wedding with 230 guests in attendance. As they reside in Los Angeles, they selected a gorgeous ranch venue in Malibu for their Persian-Jewish wedding. “I am in love with fairy tales and anything Disney,” notes Tala of her wedding vision. Thus, whimsical, romantic décor was incorporated throughout the day to make her fairy-tale wedding dreams a reality.
“We love Italy so much, we wanted to have a romantic, Tuscan vibe with olive branches incorporated into our white floral arrangements and candles.”
Guests took their seats on either side of a raised white aisle for the alfresco ceremony. Flower girls walked down the aisle to “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio, and for a fun twist, the best man served as a “flower boy,” throwing rose petals from his fanny pack down the aisle.
When it was finally time for the bride’s entrance, Tala looked like a princess in a sparkling off-the-shoulder gown and veil affixed to her glamorous blonde curls as she and her groom exchanged vows beneath the chuppah.
Following the service, which incorporated Jewish traditions, friends and family remained outdoors for the European-inspired reception. “We love Italy so much, we wanted to have a romantic, Tuscan vibe with olive branches incorporated into our white floral arrangements and candles,” shares the bride.
Upholstered chairs surrounded wooden tables displaying high and low centerpieces of all-white blooms accented with olive branches and rosemary, as well as tall taper candles atop clear glass or black candleholders.
Each guest’s place setting included an ebony-rimmed charger plate, matte black flatware, and green water goblets. Loved ones also had bottles of olive oil displaying their table numbers, which served as wedding favors. Menus introduced the vast array of selections for the sit-down dinner service, along with a single white rose, and later in the night, slices from a modern, three-tier white wedding cake decorated with leaves and vanilla-toned roses was enjoyed by all prior to a night complete with dancing under the stars.
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