When it came to a big celebration, Mona and Mark combined family heritage (belly dancer and Persian desserts) with Southern flair (linen suits and live band with saxophone).


Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

The inspiration behind my wedding day came mostly from the elegant yet classic tones that I love to incorporate in my own, everyday style. This also translated into our theme where we also incorporated a consistent palette of soft colors that were dusty blue, dusty rose and grey. We also included hints of my Persian culture with the traditional, Sofreh Aghed, that is part of the wedding ceremony and displays a beautiful altar of items that each have a symbolic meaning. During the entertainment portion of our reception, we had many surprises for our guests but the most popular was the Belly Dancer, which you would see at most Persian weddings. Having elements of my culture in our wedding was very important to me because it was a big part of my upbringing, so I wanted to ensure there was a representation of it on my wedding day.


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

There were many elements that needed to come together on that day so we kept the DIY items to a minimal amount so there would be no confusion on where things were or what needed to be done. With that said, the only DIY items were our table numbers, signs and the Sofreh Aghd (Persian ceremonial items). The remaining items were set-up by my wedding planner, florist, and the Fairmont Hotel.


As for the reception, due to the grandiose decor of the gold ballroom at the Fairmont, I decided to keep decorations to minimal and kept the elegant/ chic style. I decided to go with amber up lighting and gold napoleon chairs instead of Chiavari chairs to change it up a bit.


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?

The bridal bouquet flowers included mainly Peonies so we had to order them from Alaska because they are only in season from July- August.


The centerpieces were made of dusty millers because they are my favorite, hydrangeas, English garden roses and subtle colors to go with the elegant theme of the 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 ceremony, I had a string quartet, which I really wanted to have to bring more of a romantic feel to the ceremony.


For Reception

For my reception, I really wanted to hire a band but because my wedding was multicultural that was not possible. So, I decided to add an extra twist with my DJ service. I hired a sax player to do solos with the DJ in addition to a percussion player. This was a great combo!


In addition to DJ/ Band service, I had a Belly Dancer and other surprises for entertainment. We hired a dancing robot with co2 dispenser which was a memory from our dental school years in Miami. We also had a live artist painting the reception scene as everyone was enjoying the night.

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

I wanted a dress that was unique yet elegant. After going to every wedding store in Columbus, OH where I was living at the time, I finally found my dress at a wedding boutique in downtown Columbus and I knew instantly that this was going to be my dress. It was a JLM Couture by Hailey Page.  It had a combination of champagne and white color with lace on top on top of sheer chiffon. My veil was custom made by my tailor; it was 4 meters  (157. 48 inches) long with a French lace border along with lace from the dress that was hand sewn from the bottom to the middle of the veil. My shoes were champagne hangisi Manolo Blahnik.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

Our story began during our first year of dental school but Our love story didn’t begin until our second year where we realized we had a greater connection. We are the true meaning of “opposites attract” because we perfectly balance each other out. We discovered this mutual connection through our many study sessions and realized we made a pretty good team. After experiencing the ups and downs and many challenges of dental school and coming out strong together, we decided to make it official and are now starting our new lives together in Davidson, NC.


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

Walking down the Aisle with my mom. She has been there for me my entire life and it was an honor to have her next to me with her love an support for the next chapter of my life.


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

My advice would be to start early. First figure out the estimated number of your wedding guests along with your budget, then start looking at venues. It made my process much easier and was a huge help because I knew exactly what I wanted so when it came time to choosing things, I didn’t have to hesitate. Try and enjoy the day as much as you can regardless of what happens.