Congratulations to Zoe Rahimi & Jason Nolen on their March 25, 2017 wedding at the Vibiana in Los Angeles, CA.

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Congratulations to Zoe Rahimi & Jason Nolen on their March 25, 2017 wedding at the Vibiana in Los Angeles, CA.¬† The venue was breathtaking, for which pictures do not do justice.¬† It was a former church converted into an event center that retained the altar and church motif.¬† The altar area was complete white marble with marble flooring and stairs.¬† The brides runway was white marble planks.¬† It was a Persian wedding. ¬†Although they did not have a traditional Persian ceremony, they did have a “huge” Persian Sofreh Aghd on display.¬† After the brides entry, I explained (for the benefit of the non-Persian guests) the significance and symbolism of the Sofreh Aghd.¬† I also delivered my open remarks in Farsi!¬† The couple made a rose presentation to their moms and replaced the traditional sand ceremony with a glass ceremony, which is similar to the sand ceremony except that glass crystals are used which are later blown into a personalized glass sculpture (bowl, vase, etc.).¬† The ceremony went flawless from start to finish with the perfect mix of seriousness, humor, laughter and some tears (of joy)!¬† I’m sure all 200+ guests had as great a time at the reception as I had officiating for such a great couple!¬† My very best for a great life together.¬†

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Officiant Anthony Performs Western-Persian Ceremony in Dana Point

I had the pleasure of being the Officiant for Samira¬†and Richard, at Cannons Grill in Dana Point! It was a bright, sunny day with a little breeze to help take the edge off the heat-wave we were having in Southern California. This was a great ceremony, a mix of Western and Persian tradition. The traditional mirror, a Sofreh, was set up. We put the Persian half at the end, included the ‘sugar shawl’ with several women coming up to rub the sugar cones together over the couple. Then Samira and Richard¬†did the ‘pinky dip’ in honey to feed each other. The fathers came up and witnessed the license near the end.

 

An exciting and entertaining event!

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Reverend Ralph Learns Something at His Weekend Ceremony!

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The wedding of Nina & Mo was great fun!¬† In addition to my part of the ceremony, there was a Persian ceremony, in which the bride is asked three times if she will accept the groom as her husband.¬† The first two times she doesn’t respond, then finally she says “yes.” ¬†I was told she’s supposed to play hard-to-get.¬†It is always enjoyable to be able to participate in a moment like this, and take it as something to know for the future.¬† It was another most wonderful Great Officiant ceremony!

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