It was a Friday evening at the beginning of spring, in March 2017. We met at Magpie Café in downtown Baton Rouge for a dinner date. The date with Richard felt warm, natural and we had good chemistry. The next weekend, Richard invited me as a date to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and a wedding in New Orleans and I agreed. We had so much fun and shared friends in common. After about 1 month of dating, we decided to define the relationship.
The first time I spoke to Susan, we talked on the phone for over 1 hour. Susan came to Magpie Cafe that Friday night and I was immediately attracted to her and sweet personality. I asked her to be my date the next weekend for a friend’s wedding, where she ended up knowing more people than I did. We had so much fun in New Orleans that weekend. We continued going on dates, and on her birthday, I took her out to dinner. I asked her to be my girlfriend the next day. We’ve been dating ever since.
The couple planned a Persian wedding as a special ode to Susan’s family’s heritage. Special traditions included a complete Persian Ceremony. This included a full spread called a “Sofreh Aghd,” for the ceremony, an altar which includes very traditional ceremonial items which have specific significance.
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PHOTOGRAPHY + VIDEO: WeddingLens | GETTING READY LOCATIONS: Beau Séjour Bed & Breakfast (Bride); Hotel Monteleone (Groom) | CEREMONY + RECEPTION LOCATION: The Cabildo | OFFICIANTS: Fatimah + Habib Pourian | BRIDE’S GOWN: David’s Bridal Collection, David’s Bridal | MENSWEAR: Joseph & Feiss Black Notch Lapel Tuxedo, Men’s Wearhouse | FLOWERS: Designed by Bride, Built by Bridesmaids with flowers from Villere’s, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods | BAKERY: Walmart Bakery (Wedding Cake) and City Donuts (Groom’s Cake) | CEREMONY MUSIC: DJ Sultan | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Kinfolk Brass Band | HAIR + MAKEUP: Travis Quibodeaux for TQ Hair Studio (hair) and Devin Bajoie (makeup) | WEDDING PLANNER: Megan Sapp for Down Annie Lane and Fatimah Pourian (Persian ceremony designer) | DECOR RENTALS/CANDLE DECOR/LIGHTING: Perrier Party Rentals | FAVORS: Black Tie Mercantile | INVITATIONS: The Constance Creative