Vanessa & Amir had a beautiful wedding that blended two cultures, Hispanic and Persian. We were thrilled to have been entrusted with the task of setting up the Sofreh Aghd. The Sofreh is an elaborate floor spread set up for the Persian Ceremony (Aghd) that includes different kinds of food and decorations. During the ceremony, the bride and groom sit on a bench and face the Sofreh. Single women or female relatives of the couple hold a fine cloth, over the couple’s head. The women alternate grinding sugar cones over the bride and groom’s head, which is symbolism for adding more sweetness to their life together.
Items that are included in the Sofreh:
- Mirror and candlesticks: A mirror reflects what is before it, so symbolically it brings the couple abundance and brightness in their future. The candles bring passion and energy. As the story goes, the first thing the groom should see is the face of his beautiful bride reflected in the mirror, lit by the light of the candlesticks.
- Sweets and candies: for sweetness in life, and offered to guests after the ceremony.
- Decorated eggs and nuts in their shells: for fertility
- Gold and silver: for prosperity
- Fresh flowers: to bring beauty in the couple’s life together
- Fresh Fruit: for a joyous future
- Rosewater: to perfume the air and bring beauty
- Holy book: from whichever religion the couple follows
While guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, the couple went around Meadowlark Gardens with their photographer, (one of my favorite backdrops for wedding pictures). After cocktail hour the wedding party made their grand entrance, which set the tone for the reception, it was obvious that it was going to be a fun night!
Immediately after the couple is married, the bride and groom each dip one pinky finger in the cup of honey and feed it to one another.
The Atrium at Meadowlark Gardens set for a wedding reception
Photographer: Nuvoria Studios
Wedding Planner: Diamond Events