Though Suzie and Dov met near New York City and got engaged in the mountains in upstate New York two years later, the couple decided to tie the knot in October of 2014 in Washington, D.C. "We chose the Willard Hotel for its Old World charm, as well as how close it is to all of the major D.C. landmarks," Suzie explains.
And while planning a wedding can be hectic and stressful, it was anything but for Suzie and Dov. The pair hired Jeannette Tavares of EVOKE, and Suzie called upon her experience as a six-time maid of honor to figure out the details, then let Jeannette take the reins. "Helping my friends plan their weddings taught me to let go and enjoy the ride as much as possible," says the bride.
So how did that laid-back attitude work out? Flawlessly. Keep reading to see the couple's traditional Persian ceremony and timeless ballroom reception, photographed by Dominique Fierro.
The couple's classic theme started with ivory invitations, topped with the bride and groom's monogram.
In keeping with the blush color scheme, Suzie selected a pink trumpet gown with a hand-tufted skirt by Monique Lhuillier — and she picked it all by herself. "I shopped with some friends, but when it came to picking my dress, I made the final decision alone. Going to the salon one last time alone helped me think clearly," she explains.
She paired her gown with Jimmy Choo peep-toe pumps, a romantic half-up hairdo, and a bouquet of white calla lilies.
Dov looked handsome in a custom tuxedo, which he paired with a watch that was gifted to him by Suzie's parents. To fight the October chill, Suzie slipped a blush faux-fur wrap around her shoulders.
The ceremony took place in the Willard Room, with rows of Lucite chairs on either side of a candlelit aisle. The traditional sofreh aghd was decorated in coordinating colors, and featured family heirlooms and lush roses and hydrangeas amongst the traditional fresh fruits, nuts, and sweets.
In the ballroom, cream fabric was draped from the ceiling around the hotel's chandeliers, and a plethora of candles lit arrangements of cream and blush roses, hydrangeas, and calla lilies. "The first time we saw the ballroom, we were blown away by how beautifully everything had come together," says Suzie.
"We mixed different chargers, linens, and floral arrangements to keep the event feeling traditional while still giving it a contemporary twist," says the bride. For dinner, the couple served an extravagant buffet, including Shirin Polo, a traditional sweet Persian rice that is served to symbolize the sweetness of marriage.
A DJ, accompanied by a saxophonist, cellist, and percussionist, got everyone on the dance floor, beginning with Dov and Suzie's first dance to "Marry Me" by Train. The couple cut into a cream cake decorated with fresh garden roses and gold dots.
Dov and Suzie headed south for their honeymoon, stopping in Rio, Buzios, and Floripa in Brazil. Says Suzie of their wedding, "Don't stress over the little details. You won't even notice them in the end!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Willard Hotel || Wedding Planner: EVOKE || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Chanel || Hair: Bridal Hair by Remona || Makeup: Carl Ray || Groom's Attire: Enzo Sartori || Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Florist: Edge Flowers || Invitations & Paper Goods: Sincerely Yours, Emily Baird || Music: Exclusively Entertainment || Catering & Cake: The Willard Hotel || Rentals: DC Rentals, Party Rental Ltd., La Tavola Fine Linen || Lighting: John Farr Lighting || Favors: Le Chocolatier || Sofreh Aghd: Sofreh Atelier || Photography: Dominique Fierro
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