Soofia Sho­jaei and Matt Pourbehi

May 9, 2015

Bride and Groom - - CONTENTS -

Soofia Sho­jaei and Matt Pourbehi were born and raised in Tehran, Iran, but met half a world away in Aus­tralia fol­low­ing a chance in­tro­duc­tion by a mu­tual friend. Now based in Shep­par­ton, the cou­ple trav­elled to Aus­tralia for dif­fer­ent rea­sons — Soofia for study and Matt for work — even­tu­ally cross­ing paths in April 2014 and seal­ing their com­mit­ment a year later, in an in­ti­mate wed­ding cer­e­mony at Emer­ald Bank.

Ser­vice: Chapel at Emer­ald Bank, Kialla Pho­tog­ra­pher: Liz Ar­cus Pho­tog­ra­phy, Shep­par­ton Hair and make-up: Hair Cen­tral, Shep­par­ton

IN­TI­MATE CER­E­MONY: Pho­tog­ra­pher Liz Ar­cus spent the day with the cou­ple cap­tur­ing the joy and emo­tion of the oc­ca­sion to share with fam­ily and friends scat­tered all over the world. Cel­e­brant Jen­nifer Broad­bent and hus­band Gary were the only other wed­ding guests, be­sides the bridal cou­ple’s six-month-old bi­chon-shih tzu cross Milo, dressed for the oc­ca­sion in a cute tuxedo. Although their fam­i­lies and friends were un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony, the cou­ple said the day was mem­o­rable and they were grate­ful to have the story of their day cap­tured on film.

MOTHER’S GOWN: Soofia’s beau­ti­ful, cream slim-line gown, em­bel­lished with gold em­broi­dery and crys­tals, was given to her by her mother dur­ing a re­turn trip to Iran fol­low­ing her en­gage­ment.

RAIN­BOW: The gloomy late af­ter­noon weather didn’t de­ter the cou­ple from singing and danc­ing a tra­di­tional Ira­nian wed­ding song; sur­rounded by glo­ri­ous au­tumn leaves and un­der­neath grey skies fea­tur­ing an en­chant­ing rain­bow and heart-shaped cloud. A pri­vate din­ner, shared by the two of them was the per­fect con­clu­sion to their spe­cial day.

NEW YEAR PRO­POSAL: When they first met, Soofia was liv­ing in Perth and Matt in the min­ing town of Chin­chilla, Queens­land. At their sec­ond meet­ing the pair re­alised they were made for one another and a long-dis­tance ro­mance en­sued, cul­mi­nat­ing with a mar­riage pro­posal around New Year, 2015. “Our New Year be­came more spe­cial for us as we were both ex­cited for mak­ing our fu­ture (to­gether) and reach­ing our dreams,” Soofia said.

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