SHER­WIN FIGUEROA & DR. ILAN SAFIR

Inside Weddings - - Contents - March 30, 2019 At­lanta, Ge­or­gia | Pho­tographed by Mi­lanés Photograph­y

March 30, 2019 At­lanta, Ge­or­gia Pho­tographed by Mi­lanés Photograph­y

SHER­WIN FIGUEROA & DR. ILAN SAFIR

Af­ter meet­ing one an­other through a dat­ing app, Sher­win Figueroa and Dr. Ilan Safir opted to have a typ­i­cal out­ing of din­ner and drinks for their first date. Though Sher­win didn’t care for the in­tense cock­tail she or­dered, she drank it right up, mesmerized by Ilan’s gor­geous blue eyes. Ilan no­ticed what she or­dered and felt both sur­prised and in­trigued by it. They laugh about the drink de­ba­cle now, but ad­mit they were both im­me­di­ately smit­ten with each other.

A year later, Sher­win was un­der the im­pres­sion that Ilan didn’t want to get en­gaged un­til he was hired at a med­i­cal prac­tice. To her sur­prise, he planned a ro­man­tic din­ner on the an­niver­sary of their first date and asked for her hand in mar­riage with a gor­geous cush­ion-cut diamond set in a cus­tom-made band while he was still in the process of in­ter­view­ing.

They eas­ily de­cided on a lo­ca­tion for their spring­time nup­tials: At­lanta. “I’m from the city, and it’s where we met,” notes the bride. The cou­ple also wanted to make ev­ery­thing as con­ve­nient as pos­si­ble for their guests, so they opted for a ho­tel with great ac­com­mo­da­tions lo­cated in a lively part of town.

Ilan wanted to be in­volved in the plan­ning, but he and Sher­win also knew they needed pro­fes­sional guid­ance. “We were very for­tu­nate to have an amaz­ing wed­ding plan­ner, Brian Green, who lis­tened and un­der­stood us com­pletely,” says the bride. “I told him if there was a dé­cor spec­trum – from el­e­gant to re­gal to time­less – I wanted to be in the mid­dle. Not too min­i­mal, not too over-the-top, and we didn’t want to fol­low too many trends where we would re­gret any out­dated fads.”

“Our wed­ding was truly our dream day.”

Sher­win looked like roy­alty, wear­ing a tiered gown with a daz­zling bodice and sparkling tiara while hold­ing a beau­ti­ful ar­ray of white flow­ers, in­clud­ing pe­onies, ra­nun­cu­luses, and gar­de­nias, as she made her way down the aisle. The cou­ple opted for a re­form Jewish cer­e­mony per­formed in English and He­brew. In­stead of the bride cir­cling the groom seven times with her par­ents, the bride cir­cled three times, then the groom cir­cled three, and the fi­nal time, the be­trothed cir­cled to­gether. As a nod to the bride’s ma­ter­nal side of the fam­ily, a tra­di­tional Per­sian wed­ding spread (or sofreh aghd) was set out, com­plete with fresh fruit, eggs, nuts, breads, coins, rose wa­ter, can­dles and more – all sym­bolic for some­thing re­lated to mar­riage – were of­fered on an elab­o­rately set ta­ble.

The cou­ple was in awe when they first laid their eyes on the re­cep­tion ball­room. Though Sher­win and Ilan had met with Brian Green and their florists at Edge De­sign Group to dis­cuss flower height, charger plates, nap­kin treat­ments, and ad­di­tional dé­cor el­e­ments, the cul­mi­na­tion of it all was more beau­ti­ful than they had even imag­ined.

Ta­blescapes were ro­man­tic and re­gal, cov­ered in lux­u­ri­ous damask-printed linens and fea­tur­ing ei­ther gilt can­de­labra or tall ar­range­ments of roses in shades of white and muted pink. At each place set­ting sat a bullion-hued charger and fine-linen nap­kin with a cus­tom­ized menu card atop. The light­ing de­sign cre­ated a dreamy am­ber-toned set­ting in the ball­room, which paired per­fectly with the white and gold color pal­ette.

Dur­ing the seated sup­per, Ilan’s speech not only thanked guests for at­tend­ing, but also noted that both he and Sher­win are chil­dren of im­mi­grants and they had their par­ents to thank for their suc­cesses. “While our wed­ding was a cel­e­bra­tion of the union be­tween me and Sher­win, none of this would have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of our fam­i­lies,” he adds.

The cou­ple was ner­vous about their first dance to “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Si­na­tra and had opted for dance lessons to help them pre­pare for the mo­ment. “Hav­ing never danced in my life de­spite my sis­ter be­ing a pro­fes­sional ball­room dancer – funny how life hap­pens that way – I was sur­prised that we re­mem­bered all the steps and didn’t get stage fright!” the groom ad­mits.

The live band kept the crowd on their feet un­til late in the night, when a Rus­sian singer then started his mem­o­rable set. “He sang in­ter­na­tional songs, from Rus­sian hits to clas­sic Amer­i­can, Jewish, and Per­sian songs,” il­lus­trates Ilan. “Our guests kept say­ing how amaz­ing he was.”

“I was so happy with our wed­ding,” muses the new Mrs. “En­joy ev­ery second of plan­ning; sa­vor it. The plan­ning was as fun as the big day.” Ilan sums it up: “Our wed­ding was truly our dream day.”

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