Bita chose a gown by Junko Yoshioka, and Henrik wore a Hickey Freeman suit; his jacket lining was embellished with stars.
Bita and Henrik in Beverly Hills, CA
One couple seals the deal in a personalized ceremony rich with Middle Eastern tradition
When Bita Javadizadeh and Henrik Brun married at Greystone Mansion and Park, a gothic estate in Beverly Hills, the ceremony’s traditional Persian elements conjured up scenes from an exotic movie. The bride and her father walked down the aisle to the beat of a daf, an ancient drum. To ward off evil spirits, incense burned in a carrier used at a number of past family weddings, including Bita’s parents’. Contemporary touches? The officiant was Bita’s college-professor brother, who received a special ordination to perform the vows. And after, the party embraced some local culture with a glittering reception at the Beverly Hills Hotel. —Hillary Quinn
Sacred Script: Though theirs wasn’t a religious ceremony, Henrik and Bita honored his Christian and her Muslim backgrounds by giving the service a spiritual tone and including several Biblical passages and blessings.
Two for One: Bita tied a small blue prayer book belonging to her paternal grandfather to her bouquet, to symbolize something old and something blue.
Glass Act: Guests received hand-blown monogrammed votives imported by Bita’s dad, who owns a glassware company.
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Hardly a Stretch: Why hire a big limo when you and your new husband can depart your ceremony in a cozy rental? The twosome zoomed away from Greystone and drove to the reception in a dashing red Volkswagen Beetle convertible—top down, of course.
A Bit of Bubbly: In lieu of pricey champagne, Bita and Henrik served Prosecco, a more affordable Italian sparkling wine, paired with pomegranate nectar.
Funds with Numbers: The couple, who both work in finance, used their professional prowess to develop a strict budget, then stuck to it by negotiating prices with each of their vendors.