Daniela Tanzi lake Como wedding photographer, as an international wedding photographer (not just a photographer of Lake Como of course), today, I want to present a beautiful Persian wedding. The venues were enchanting: Hotel Regina Palace and Grand Hotel Borromes in Stresa. The ceremony was “sofre aghd” of about 1 hour with entertainments of a quartet of strings (Violins), chair cover set up, wedding decoration and flowers arrangements.There was a beautiful aperitif in the garden of the Regina Palace in Stresa, accompanied by a piano for guests and spouses.
The dinner with the guests, about 100, was in the New Liberty Room of the Regina Palace hotel in Stresa.
Then as an international wedding photographer I photographed the cake cutting, speeches, the first dance, wedding dance with dads, groom dance with mom and dance with friends.
Good vision! Persian wedding: Yegi and Edi
So, what happens at a Persian wedding? “Similar to Western weddings, in Persian culture weddings are broken into a ceremony and reception,” notes Kazemburg. “The most notable tradition in a Persian wedding ceremony is the sofreh aghd.” However, the rich cultural traditions begin even before the sofreh aghd at a traditional Persian wedding. Below, we dive into the most notable Persian and Iranian wedding traditions.
Historically, khastegāri was the first step in the traditional Iranian courtship process. The Persian wedding custom has changed and evolved in modern times—now khastegāri marks a couple’s unified decision to marry and their announcement to that end to their families. Following the couple’s decision to wed, baleh borān is the public announcement of their engagement.
During a traditional Persian and Iranian with Persian wedding: Yegi and Edi wedding ceremony, the couple will be seated by sofreh aghd which is the Persian wedding table. It is laden with many different elements that each carry rich symbolism.
If you’ve ever heard of Persian wedding noise, that’s what kelling is. During this part of the wedding ceremony, the officiant asks for the couple’s consent to enter into a marriage contract. Traditionally, the officiant will first ask the groom to which he responds balé, or yes. Following that, the officiant will ask the bride for her consent and this part of the ceremony is filled with some jest. The goal is for the bride to make her partner nervous about her answer, so she will stay silent and withhold a yes for a moment. Once the bride does respond in consent, the wedding guests will start joyfully kelling (or cheering with a lee-lee-lee sound) and clapping.
Following the Persian wedding ceremony, with Persian wedding: Yegi and Edi the couple will invite their guests to celebrate with a wedding reception. Persian wedding receptions are generally filled with lots of merriment and plenty of dancing.
Persian wedding receptions often have Persian wedding cakes that are flavored with rose water, cardamom, almond and pistachio. These cakes are often called Persian love cakes.
The Persian wedding knife dance is a tradition where the couple must retrieve a knife from dancer so they can cut the wedding cake. During this lighthearted tradition, dancers, usually a bridesmaid, groomsman or young guest, will tease the couple and keep passing the decorative knife around to other attendees. Sometimes the groom may bride the dancer to obtain the knife. The good-humored Persian knife dance continues until the dancer hands over the knife.
“The bridesmaids held the knife and danced around [my husband],” recalls one bride of the Persian knife dance at her wedding. “He needed to tip them and offer gifts in order to show his love for me and that he could provide for me. Once he had proven himself, they finally gave him the knife and we were able to cut the cake.”
As an international wedding photographer I was very happy to get the photos of Persian wedding: Yegi and Edi
Persian wedding: Yegi and Edi wedding ceremonies traditionally feature a ceremony around a table, known as sofreh aghd, elaborately laid with materials that carry beautiful symbolism. Sofreh is the actual Persian wedding table while aghd is the ceremony involving the Persian wedding sofreh. In short, sofreh aghd is the wedding tradition where the couple sits in front of the table which is laid with meaningful elements to celebrate their union.
“The most notable tradition in a Persian wedding ceremony is the sofreh aghd, where the couple sits in front of a decorative spread that represents a symbolic connection between them and their families,” explains Kazemburg. Each element included on the Persian wedding table is a reminder of the multifaceted nature of relationships and the depth of the couple’s commitment to each other.
The inclusion of a mirror symbolizes bringing light and brightness into the couple’s future. During the ceremony, the couple typically looks into the mirror together.