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A Persian Wedding In Hawaii

September 30, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Family and friends of Damon and Giorgia flew to Hawaii from all around the world to witness a perfect wedding which included two ceremonies for this beautiful couple from Australia.  The first ceremony was a Christian ceremony performed by Reverend John Fuchigami in the Ocean Crystal Chapel at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.  The second ceremony was a short-version Persian style ceremony held in the Rainbow Suite where family members and the staff from Savvy Weddings Coordination transformed a small part of the room.  This was my first time witnessing a Persian wedding ceremony and I was truly amazed at the detail work that was put into this lavish event.   The details consisted of a variety of ornaments, fruits, cookies, a little bowl of honey, two cylinder blocks made of sugar, a white cloth to hold over the couple during the ceremony and a padded bench for the couple to sit on.

During the ceremony the bride is presented with gifts from the grooms family.  At the same time, members from both families held the white cloth over the bride and groom.  One person was assigned to rub two cylinders of sugar over the cloth and another would be doing some sort of sewing on the white cloth.  Once the bride accepts the marriage, the couple would dip their pinky fingers into the bowl of honey and feed each other the honey to signify their marriage.  Then the guests would shower the newlywed with flower petals.  

The reception was nothing short of fun as well.  The laughter, smiles and love for each other really showed on each and every persons face in the room.  One thing that caught my attention was a knife dance performance prior to the cake cutting ceremony.  In a Persian wedding reception, one person from the grooms family would do a dance, displaying the knife to be used to cut the cake.  But, before the knife could be handed over to the couple, the groom would have to present the knife dancer with gifts or money.  Once accepted, the knife will then be handed over to the newlywed so that they can continue with the cake cutting ceremony.  The rest of the night ended with lots and lots of dancing!

Experiencing a Persian wedding was truly amazing.  I can only imagine what it would have been like had it been the full version.  Thank you Damon and Giorgia for sharing this experience with me!  Aussie-Aussie-Aussie!!! Oy-oy-oy!!!

Here are their awesome vendors!

Coordinator | Savvy Weddings, Entertainment | David Asing, Cake Design | Cakeworks, Videographer | Digital Expressions, Hair & Makeup | Faith and Beauty, Venue | Hilton Hawaiian Village, Officiant | John Fuchigami, Ceremony Venue | Ocean Crystal Chapel, Florist | Spinning WEB, DJ | Status Entertainment, Linen Decor | Wedding Linen Company, Flower Lei | Lin Lei's Shop


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