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Bahareh's Wedding

April 17, 2018

Bahareh and Mostapha's magical wedding took place on April 8th, 2017.

 

Bride and Groom: Bahareh and Mostapha

Venue: George Peabody Library

Baltimore, MD

 

This wedding is one of our favorites to-date! The colors, the venue, and the designs were all amazing on their own. But together? It was breath-taking! Peacocks & Paisleys Event Decor is based out of Springfield, Virginia. Any time we have to travel farther out (like Baltimore), things can get a little crazy and stressful. On the drive up, owner Rebecca Siddiqi was praying we didn't forget anything- even though she checked her list multiple times. 

 

Ceremony Layout: 

The ceremony set up was one of the quickest set-ups ever completed. Well, actually, the whole wedding set up was a quick one. We only had 2 hours and 15 minutes to get the ceremony ready. Most wedding set ups that we've done have taken 4-5 hours. We ran in and pulled all our supplies and items out as fast as we could. The backdrop was set up around the middle of the room. Behind the backdrop, half our team was setting up around nine of the reception tables. Two or three  team members were busying setting up the cocktail room, while the rest worked on the ceremony space. The ceremony consisted of two parts: the backdrop and the Sofreh aghd. Backdrop was a two-tiered backdrop with the back frame consisting of white sheers and gold satin curtains and the front frame consisting of an ivory rosette fabric that was to mimic a flower wall.

Photo by: Katie Vee Photography

  

The other portion of the ceremony set up was the Sofreh aghd (ceremony spread). We first covered the platform with an ivory rosette fabric (same one as the backdrop),  a Qur'an that was Bahareh's grandfather's, the bride's turquoise and copper candle holders, mirror, and matching cloth (termeh), three pedestal bowls filled with nuts and white Jordan almonds, gold and white decorative eggs, apples in a colored-glass bowl, honey, wheat stalks, clear rock candy, wheat bread flowers, coins, eight baby's breath arrangements by Rebekah Sperry, seven colored powders called espand, two sugar cones, and a sugar veil/cloth. Each item on the Sofreh aghd symbolizes something significant for the marriage.

 

We've listed several here:

  • Honey- Represents sweetness for the couple

  • Termeh (cloth)- Embroidered cloth handed down to symbolize family

  • Holy book (Qu'ran)- Symbolizes God’s blessing for the couple

  • Coins- Represents wealth and prosperity

  • Mirror- Represents bringing light and brightness into the future

  • Candelabras-Symbolizes energy and clarity

  • Herbs & Spices- Placed on the spread to guard against the evil eye

  • Flatbread (Wheat Flowers)- Symbolizes prosperity for the feast and couple’s life together

  • Eggs-Represents fertility for the couple

  • Almond, walnut, hazelnut- Symbolizes fertility and abundance

  • Rock candy- Symbolizes a sweetened life for the newlyweds

Photo by: Kative Vee Photography

 

Reception Layout: 

 

The reception was held in the same space as the ceremony. We had an hour to turn the room around during cocktail hour. Again, this was a first for us! Most wedding set ups don't need us to stick around after the initial set up. While the guests and wedding party were enjoying some sweets in the other room, we were busy making sure all was perfect in the main room. In the middle of the room was the dance floor and sweetheart table. The sweetheart table consisted of our champagne rosette tablecloth, gold and crystal candle holders with LED pillar candles, gold mercury glass candle holders with LED candles, florals by Rebekah, B & M letters made out of books, and the ivory rosette fabric backdrop.

Photos by: Katie Vee Photography

 Photos by: Katie Vee Photography

 

The rest of the space was filled with seventeen guest tables. All the tables were covered with our champagne rosette tablecloths, centerpieces (stacks of books, gold mercury glass votive holders with LED candles, gold wooden table numbers, floral arrangements by Rebekah), and cute little favors shaped like books. The books were a lot of fun to track down. Rebecca used to work for a library during high school and college, so she went back to her roots to see what amazing looking books were to be found during the book sales. She found some awesome books in multiple colors and textured book covers. We used all LED candles because, for obvious reasons, the library didn't allow real candles (hint: they didn't want us to accidentally burn the gorgeous library and all those valuable books to the ground!). Now on to floral! Rebekah Sperry did an amazing job with the florals! The tall centerpieces were only baby's breath. The short centerpieces matched the bride and bridal party's bouquets- beautiful wines, pinks, creams, and greenery!

 

Photos by: Katie Vee Photography

Photos by: Katie Vee Photography

Photos by: Katie Vee Photography

 

Of course we can't forget a photo of the "cake"! The bride chose to have a small cake to cut with layers of macaroons .

Photos by: Katie Vee Photography

 

"Cocktail" Setup: 

Cocktail hour was held outside the ceremony/reception space in an outer room.  Guests would first walk through this room to get to the main ceremony/reception room. When guests first walked into the room they were greeted on the left by a beautiful wooden table with a card box made by the bride out of a stack of hollow books. The book card box was the perfect touch for this wedding. Bahareh and Rebecca spent some time talking about what kind of card box to use before this fabulous idea came up!

 

 Photo by: Katie Vee Photography

 

To the right and closer to the center of the room was a table with our stunning champagne rosette tablecloth, a large floral display by Rebekah Sperry, and guest place cards. One cool feature on this table, which was provided by the library, were catalog card boxes filled with baby's breath by Rebekah.

 

 Photo by: Katie Vee Photography

 Photo by: Katie Vee Photography

 

In the middle of the room, a long dessert table was set up with our gold and crystal candelabras with LED candles (no open flames around those precious books!), several gold or silver and crystal cake and food stands, and our champagne rosette tablecloth.

 

 Photo by: Katie Vee Photography

 

 We still love looking at photos from this amazing wedding! Best wishes to one of our favorite couples! Look below for a list of vendors and a short wedding video from the ceremony!

 

 Photographer: Katie Vee Photorgraphy

https://www.instagram.com/katieveephoto/

http://www.katievee.com/

 

Florals: Rebekah Sperry Florals

https://www.instagram.com/rebekahsperryfloral/

 

Video: Amative Creative by Andrea Caresse Lewis

www.amativecreative.com

 

 

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