A Christmas Wedding at Shangri-la Paris

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A Tale of Two Worlds: Blending Persian Elegance with American Charm in the City of Love

Location: Paris, 16th arrondissement, Ile-de-France.

Shay and Bryan’s Journey

Originally 10,429 kilometers apart, from Tehran to Crystal Lake, IL, their paths unexpectedly converged within a 5-mile radius, beginning their shared journey. Their story took a romantic turn on December 3, 2021, in the cozy ambiance of their home, under the twinkling lights of a Christmas tree, where Bryan proposed. The sweetness of the moment was heightened by Van Morrison’s melodies and made unforgettable when their dog Hazel joyously participated as Bryan got down on one knee.

A year later, they chose the festive season of Christmas in the City of Love, Paris, to tie the knot, surrounded by their families and friends at the somptuous Shangri La Paris hotel.

Vendor Feature: Sylvain Bouzat

Inspiration and Decoration

Blending American and Persian traditions, their ceremony was uniquely dual-parted. They honored Persian customs at the Sofreh Aghd, detailed with envelopes crafted by Shay’s aunt, eloquently explaining the spread’s significance. Shay’s brother-in-law led the ceremony, complemented by a traditional sugar ceremony.

The Shangri La Paris hotel offered a magical setting for the wedding, with guests hailing from 18 different countries gathering to celebrate their love. Paris proved to be the perfect location for such a global celebration.

Advice for the Perfect Wedding

Their advice? Embrace flexibility and savor every moment, whether strolling by the Seine in Paris or facing unexpected hiccups like a missing wedding cake. After all, being with your life partner is what truly matters.

Praise for Photographer Sylvain

Sylvain was remarkable. His exceptional photographic skills, coupled with his vibrant personality and kindness, greatly enriched their wedding experience. His ability to capture fun, natural moments resulted in mind-blowing photographs that they’re eternally thankful for.

Vendors List:

Venue: Shangri La Paris | Photographer: Sylvain Bouzat Wedding Photographer |Planner: Inga Heusele de CTH Events Paris | Videographer: Bruce Bah | Florist: Floraison | Dress: Wedding Atelier | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Grooms Outfit: Ralph Lauren | Hair and Makeup: Allison Depriestre | Hair and Makeup: Modern beauties | Entertainment: Euterpe Paris wedding & event music |Entertainment: Gianni Vincenzo