Inside Weddings - - Weddings - ME­GAN SIMP­SON

Jan­uary 21, 2017 Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia Pho­tographed by Sa­muel Lippke Stu­dios



Ezequiel Car­rillo - hair Makeup by Sifa - makeup Bridal Gown

Anna Maier

Bridal Salon/Veil

Saks Fifth Av­enue Cake/Cater­ing

Ho­tel Bel-Air


Alexan­dra Kolen­dri­anos En­ter­tain­ment

DJ Mike Soltani

Im­pulse for West Coast Mu­sic Moris Hed­vat, per­cus­sion­ist Flo­ral De­sign

White Li­lac Inc.


Tom Ford


Bel­mond Ho­tel Caruso Bel­mond Ho­tel Splen­dido Capri Tiberio Palace

Villa Tre­ville In­vi­ta­tions/Cal­lig­ra­phy Soolip


Harry Win­ston

Light­ing De­sign

Im­ages by Light­ing Pho­tog­ra­phy

Sa­muel Lippke Stu­dios


Casa de Per­rin

White Li­lac Inc.


Rene Caovilla


Ho­tel Bel-Air


Ely­sium Pro­duc­tions

From across a busy shopping mall, Shahram Delijani first spied the wo­man of his dreams. Their eyes locked for a moment, or so he thought. When he ran into this beau­ti­ful girl a year later dur­ing a small gath­er­ing of friends, he de­cided not to let the moment pass him by once more. Un­for­tu­nately, af­ter in­tro­duc­ing him­self to Sara Bayat and re­cap­ping their en­counter, she ad­mit­ted that she hadn’t seen him at all. “Our moment was just my imag­i­na­tion, as it was be­fore her eye surgery,” Shahram laughs. “At that dis­tance, I was no more than a fuzzy blob.”

Af­ter be­com­ing an item, Shahram knew very early on that he wanted to spend his life with Sara, and the young man set out to find an en­gage­ment ring. Seek­ing per­fec­tion, Shahram had lit­tle luck for sev­eral months, so his sis­ter and niece of­fered to at­tend a jew­elry con­ven­tion in Mi­ami to as­sist in the search. They found suc­cess with the very last ven­dor they vis­ited, and pur­chased a stun­ning emer­ald-cut sparkler af­ter Shahram viewed a photo and in­stantly felt it was “the one.”

Just a week later, while at­tend­ing a party for Sara’s best friend, the cou­ple coin­ci­den­tally ran into the jew­eler from which Shahram had bought the band. “I had to de­cide whether to tell Sara or wait for the planned pro­posal,” notes the groom. He ended up con­fess­ing to her and re­veal­ing a pic­ture of the piece. To his sur­prise, she dis­closed that she al­ready knew the jew­eler through her best friend, whom had showed her a num­ber of rings through­out their friend­ship. “The ring I chose for her was the only one Sara loved!” ex­claims Shahram. She was un­aware that her beau was even in the mar­ket for an en­gage­ment ring when her friend shared the news of its pur­chase by two ladies at the Mi­ami con­ven­tion; how­ever, she was over­joyed to learn that her beloved was be­hind it all.

Fol­low­ing a de­light­ful year­long en­gage­ment, 200 guests gath­ered in the gar­den of a posh Bel-Air venue await­ing the ar­rival of the bride. Loved ones found their seats atop translu­cent-backed chairs. Sara en­tered the lush space in a form-fit­ting sweet­heart gown over­laid with a chic, long-sleeved bolero with il­lu­sion de­tail­ing.

The cou­ple said their vows un­der­neath a flo­ral arch brim­ming with snowy blooms, which com­ple­mented the alabaster aisle lined with lanterns as well as the swans rest­ing in the pond nearby. Upon their first kiss as hus­band and wife, the new­ly­weds walked back through the idyl­lic court­yard hand-in-hand.

“The most im­por­tant

as­pect of the cel­e­bra­tion was that our guests felt


“We didn’t plan around a spe­cific theme,” ex­plains Sara. Adds her groom, “The most im­por­tant as­pect of the cel­e­bra­tion was that our guests felt com­fort­able.” At­ten­dees re­ceived the royal treat­ment, find­ing their seat­ing as­sign­ments for the re­cep­tion from grand mir­rors in­scribed with grace­ful cal­lig­ra­phy. King’s ta­bles dis­played ei­ther crisp white linens or a mir­ror top while each set­ting fea­tured del­i­cate charg­ers with lace de­signs. Ta­blescapes were topped with grand cen­ter­pieces or long flo­ral run­ners spilling over with ivory blos­soms. Flo­ral chan­de­liers were sus­pended from above, giv­ing the space a touch of green­ery amongst the soft blush light that bathed the tent.

Af­ter din­ner, friends and fam­ily moved into the ball­room for the af­ter-party. Lounge vignettes with plush so­fas and set­tees sur­rounded the dance floor, giv­ing rev­el­ers a so­phis­ti­cated place to rest from an evening of lively danc­ing. “Long cel­e­bra­tions tend to be­come stale if you don’t change the en­ergy,” as­sures the groom of the mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions of the wed­ding. “Uti­liz­ing sep­a­rate venues with dis­tinct, but com­ple­men­tary, aes­thet­ics was the per­fect so­lu­tion.” Bask­ing in the warmth of the love and sup­port from their friends and fam­ily, the happy cou­ple notes that they wouldn’t have done any­thing dif­fer­ently. “Sara has im­pec­ca­ble taste. She ab­so­lutely brought ev­ery­thing to­gether in ev­ery way – it was truly per­fect!” smiles Shahram.

Jan­uary 21, 2017 Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia | Pho­tographed by Sa­muel Lippke Stu­dios

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