15th Oct 2018

Nahil & Justin

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The Big Question

Summer 2015 was a memorable one for many reasons. It started off as a memory that’ll forever break my heart. I lost my first grandmother after having her by my side for the last 25 years. My world was shaken to the core. Just before the season ended, Justin surprised me with a trip to Seattle, WA. Seattle held sentimental value for me because my grandparents spent their early years of their marriage there. They attended the university there, established their lives as Afghan Americans, and laid their roots.

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Over the few days of our vacation we ventured around doing the touristy activities. We scheduled a day do a hike and see waterfalls about an hour from our apartment on our last day there. Justin popped the question right as I was taking pictures of a beautiful creek at the bottom of a waterfall. He completely caught me off guard! It was so, so special and in a ethereal place that I get my grandmother’s presence there; shining down, and hugging me.

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He was a keeper from day one.

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Shop 'Til You Drop

The hunt was so fun! My mom and I enjoyed every second of it. Having her be a part of all of it was my favourite aspect of the experience. We tried to include all of my close girl cousin, aunts, and best friends in the hunt at different appointments around the Bay Area.

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We started off in Pleasanton, Burlingame, then made our way to the San Jose, and Los Gatos. Eventually, I found the perfect dress in November 2016 at Haute Bride, Los Gatos!

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The Perfect Day

Our wedding was held at Chardonnay Golf Club. Our reception was under a 200 year old willow tree amongst our closest family and friends.

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We each had 7 bridesmaids and 7 groomsmen, & 2 flower girls. Our colours were wine, light gold, and navy. The bridesmaids had gorgeous white roses bouquets, and the groomsmen rocked gold Batman tie clips. My bouquet was the most stunning floral arrangement I’ve ever seen!

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One of our mutual friends, Anthony, was kind enough to marry us on top of a carpet that was brought to America by grandfather decades ago.

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My husband is half Iranian so we incorporated a Sofreh to honor his fathers culture in the ceremony. Since I’m Afghan, Justin and I walked down the aisle to a traditional wedding song. It was very special because this version was created by my cousin and a friend. When we imagined our wedding day we both wanted to include everyone close to us (friend and family) in a unique way.

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We exchanged our own vows, sealed it with a kiss, and walked back down the aisle with smiles from ear to ear! The crowd threw rose petals, and we made our way to take pictures with our families.

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After the photos everyone headed inside of the reception hall in the clubhouse for appetizers and cocktail hour. After our wedding party danced their way in, we were introduced as Mr. and Mrs.  Vijeh dancing to “Lets Get Married” by 112!

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 We had dinner and listened to the most thoughtful and heartfelt speeches by our loved ones. My other grandmother had a moment to pass on a beautiful piece of jewelry to me as well. It was a moment that’ll hold onto forever.

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Wise Words

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Enjoy every second of it! Never ask for too many opinions, and try to remember as special as it is; it’s one day. The adventure afterwards is what’s most important and memorable

Photographer: Cheri Roohi
Dress: Marsha
Location: Chardonnay Golf Club
Stockist: Haute Bride
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