From the Bride + Groom...Our relationship began in England when Lika found herself on a year-long fellowship in London where Arash was living and working. That year together flew by quicker than either one of us could have imagined but we were certain we wanted to continue our relationship. So began the daily Skype calls and rendezvous on different continents. After a year and a half of long distance, Arash proposed. We knew that we would be living in the UK and decided to have the wedding in Massachusetts.
Putting together a wedding in seven months while still being apart was not the easiest of tasks, but we were incredibly fortunate to be able to use the MIT Endicott House for our wedding venue. It turned out to be the perfect location to host a small intimate wedding for our closest family and friends who would travel from all over the globe to be there. The acres of garden provided a perfect backdrop for the outdoor ceremony which Lika wanted, while the French Manor and its old-world style reminded us of Cambridge University where Arash studied. With the location decided on, many of our design choices fell into place - an English garden themed wedding combining vintage and modern, whimsy and elegant. Having Jenny of Jenny Moloney Photography capture the event, just made sense. Her kind way and artistic style was a perfect match. We knew she would understand the atmosphere we were trying to create.
We worked together to make the many details that made the wedding our own. The flower detail on the Amsale gown inspired the drawing used on the invitations, wedding programs, and menus. Bridesmaids picked their own dresses in slate gray and the centerpieces used vintage silver goblets and tumblers that were collected over a period of several months. To top it all, Arash's father designed the earrings that Lika wore.
It was important to us that the ceremony reflected our Persian, Russian, English, American and Jewish backgrounds. We carefully crafted the ceremony and asked friends and family to participate by reading poetry. The readings were in three different languages and guests followed along with translations provided in the programs. We also included the Persian tradition of feeding each other honey and the Jewish tradition of breaking of the glass. We couldn’t stop there and chose ‘Stand By Me’ performed by Bon Jovi in Farsi and English for our first dance and a waltz from a Russian movie classic for the father daughter dance.
It was a magical day for us both and we are thankful for all of our family, friends and vendors who helped our vision become a reality.
Venue + Catering: MIT Endicott House / Wedding Dress: Amsale via Cristina's Bridal / Earrings: Custom design by Father of the Groom / Groom's Suit: Ede and Ravenscroft / Floral Design: Atmosphere & Floral Design By Tammy Becker / Wedding Photography: Jenny Moloney Photography / Cupcakes: Kick Ass Cupcakes / Invitations: The Bride / DJ + Lighting: DJ Shelly Shell