Maryam and Jason

Dover, Massachusetts



Photography | Alex Gordias Photography | @alexgordiasphotography

Venue | The Connors Center at Boston College | @theconnorscenter

Event Designer | Primavera Dreams | @primaveradreams

Floral Designer | FLORISSIMA Florist

Gown Designer | Eve of Milady @eveofmilady

Gown Salon | Allegria Bridal | @allegriaboston

Hair and Makeup | Vera Gordias | @veragordias

Cake | Montilio’s Baking Company | @montilios

Caterer | Capers Catering | @capers_catering

Lighting | Retonica Event Lighting | @retonica

Officiant | Lydon Chapel

Musicians | Lizary Rodriguez Rios | @lizaryrr

Cinematography | I Do Cinematography

From the Event Planner

Maryam, a beautiful Iranian student, was working on her Ph.D. in math at UMass Boston when she called me and asked if I can help her with her wedding planning. It was in February, and she wanted her wedding to be on the 26 of May – right after her school exams. She recently moved to Boston and needed help with finding everything, including the dress, fast!


Her fiancé Jason was busy working outside of Massachusetts, and she really needed a solid support. Maryam is kind and charming, and we immediately liked each other when we’ve met. We had a lot of work to do, but we successfully selected many great vendors. She immediately fell in love with the venue I recommended, The Connors Center, and she liked the photographer who joined us on the venue search, Alex Gordias. The rest came out nicely, and as a result, Maryam, Jason, their relatives, friends and colleagues had a wonderful wedding. Elegant and classy. Beautiful and meaningful. Unfortunately, Maryam’s relatives from Iran weren’t able to come due to the visa restrictions. But we added some Persian flavor to the celebration! We incorporated a few elements of the Persian ceremony Sofreh Aghd into the symbolic ceremony with the help of the floral designer Florissima. The Capers Catering went above and beyond to create an authentic Persian meal. The beauty artist Vera Gordias made beautiful Maryam look absolutely stunning in her Eve of Milady dress, which we have found at Allegria Boston bridal boutique. The guests performed the traditional “Persian Wedding Knife Dance”, the bakery Montilio’s made a verse in Farsi on their delicious cake, Maryam ordered some authentic Persian sweets to complement the desserts table, and the Iranian DJ Armand mixed Eastern and Western music. The Bride & Groom and all the guests had a great time, the weather cooperated beautifully, and everything was captured by Alex Gordias Photography and I Do Cinematography teams.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

It was a combination of modern and traditions. I was inspired by some traditional person style while tried to keep it more in formal. Use more pastel colors with combination of off-white, blush, champagne, gold, lemon green and ivory. I have Sofre Aghd in my ceremony which is a table designed with some symbolic items, such as nuts, a Hafez poem book, Mirror, Candles, wheat and Persian pastries. The cake was designed by some sugar flowers with one person poem written on it.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

For the ceremony, I have a wedding arch designed by white orchids and hydrangeas white lemon green leaves, designed by some crystal glass string hanging from top to bottom. Also, Sofre Aghd which I made some of the items by myself. For the sweetheart table, I have a blush table cloth, with gold napkins which was decorated with orchids, hydrangeas, and candles


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

All the design and decorations ideas for the wedding was what I liked and requested. I liked to have more delicate flowers. For my bouquet, I wanted blush peonies and for the centerpieces, blush roses, with white orchids, hydrangeas with green lemon leave. I tried to keep this style for the whole part of wedding decoration.I had couple of meeting with my florist to clear out all the decorations, colors and style for my wedding.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

For the food, I served some most popular Persian( Iranian) recipe with some Persian dessert and Persian cookies. For cake cutting, we have knife dancing which was done my my sister-in-law. I liked all parts in my wedding. It is hard to pick one or two.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

For the dress, I was looking for a modern wedding dress with Long train and floral lace and a bit sparkling. My Eve of Milady stye 1616 had all plus the unacceptable sleeves made in even more unique.My make up was mate, with shimmering eyeshadow. My hair style, has half up half down curly inspired by Victoria Schimbator hair stylist. As me dress was a bit champagne, I looked for the rose gold, dusty-pink hair color, make-up and accessories. For groom, we were looking a classic black Tux which we could find our customized Tux in Classic TUXEDO store in Boston.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met initially at school while we were in master of applied mathematic. After dating for almost two year, Jay, he proposed me while we were hiking in Hocking hill state part in Ohio. He proposed me, while we where in from of a very beautiful water fall.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

I really loved the first look feeling, as I was just thinking how is Jay ‘s firs impression when he sees me. The second, most emotional and unforgettable moment, was the ceremony especially when Jay said his vows. And the third one, is our first dance, where we danced with Ed Sheeran “perfect” song.


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

For my wedding, I planned based on what I really liked and when I had a plan in mind for every part, I searched a bout it and tried to find what is others people experience. Your wedding day is the most important day in your life, you nothing is more important than what you like and what you want. So, don’t care about negative comments. Make a clear imagination of what you want for your wedding and explain it for the people who wants make it true, showing pictures are very helpful most of the time. And the most important think, an expert wedding planner is must I think!