5/19/2012: mona and andrew’s wedding day!

Two ceremonies, one great couple, and an entire day of celebrating! Mona and Andrew’s wedding day was over 14 hours of wedding excitement! From the time Mona and I started talking details, I knew this was going to be an amazing wedding, and before we knew it, May 19th was here and it was time to see all of the planning come to life!

Our groom Andrew came from Catholic roots, and our bride Mona is of Persian descent. Wanting to incorporate both of their cultures and family traditions, they chose to have both a Catholic and a Persian wedding ceremony, followed by a grand reception at the beautiful Shutters on the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica.

Our first ceremony was held in the early afternoon at the AMAZING St. Monica’s church. One of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen, it simply took my breath away! We then moved to Shutters, where they again said “I Do,” during a traditional Persian ceremony spoken completely in Farsi. The Sofreh set up was beautiful! Crystals, rose petals, Persian treats, and beautiful linen….just stunning! And of course, the view from the patio at Shutters was the perfect back drop, with blue skies and a cool breeze.

The reception that followed could be summed up in two words, Dance Party! Everyone had such a great time! The decor and the lighting in the ballroom was just perfect, and I’m sure guests are still talking about the great speeches made during dinner service. Loved every moment! Take a look at some of the highlights below, amazing images shot by Chris Lin of Lin & Jirsa Photography.

Mona and Andrew, congrats on such a beautiful event! It was a long day, full of smiles, laughs, and unforgettable moments! Thank you for letting me be a small part of your celebration! All the best to you both! Vendors, I could not had done it without you! Thank you for everything!

~Candice

church: St. Monica’s Church http://www.stmonica.net/

venue: Shutters on the Beach http://www.shuttersonthebeach.com/

florist: Walters Flowers

dj: DJ Taraneh djtaraneh@gmail.com

sofreh design: Afsaneh Sargordian http://afsanehsargordian.com/

video: Nathan Prince Video  http://www.princeweddings.net/

photography: Lin & Jirsa http://www.linandjirsa.com/

hair/makeup: Yana Beauty Studio artist@yanabeautystudio.com

transportation: ULC Limos http://www.ulclimos.com/

cake: Vanilla Bake Shop http://www.vanillabakeshop.com/

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