Beautiful Persian Wedding
The two were friends for 15 years, and they eventually planned for one year to hold their Persian Wedding.
By the time Ghazal Ghaysar and Payam Doostzadeh tied the knot, the pair had been together for nearly 15 years.
You read that right—they first met as young teenagers! “Our cousins were best friends, so we met through them,” says Ghazal. “We were immediately drawn to one another and started dating shortly after.
Fast forward to July 3, 2016, when Payam and Ghazal were on a trip to Big Sur, one of their favorite destinations to visit. As they wandered a flower-covered hill overlooking the ocean and Bixby Bridge, Payam got down on one knee‚ and Ghazal said yes!
The couple gave themselves over a year to plan their wedding, setting the date for November 4th, 2017. “We wanted to really enjoy the process, and keep it pretty mellow,” says Ghazal of the 16-month engagement.
They selected Ebell Long Beach, a Spanish-Revival building built as a women’s club in 1924, as the setting for their celebration and invited 184 guests to join them. “We both come from big families, so while it was definitely a larger guest list than we’d intended to have, neither of us would change a thing,” says the bride.
The venue’s historic aesthetic didn’t need much decorating, making it easy for Ghazal and Payam to dress up space just enough while still letting the innate details shine. They hosted a traditional Iranian ceremony, followed by a modern reception that was right at home in Long Beach.
Photographer Faith Wright of Winsome and Wright captured the carefully selected details of this simple celebration, so keep reading for more.
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