Category Archives: Cultural Wedding Traditions

Jackie & David Featured 2014 Ceremony Magazine


Wedding Jeannie has been honored with another wedding in print. Ceremony Magazine Orange County has recognized the wedding of Jackie & David as a “Wedding of Distinction”. And we couldn’t agree more. This amazing couple hailed from Chicago, but wanted to marry in Southern California. Jeannie was tasked with the planning for this out of state couple, and with the design of an “Old Mexico” theme, with a “Star Wars” twist.
There was no question that Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano would be the perfect setting for this memorable union. Along for the ride was photographer Christopher Todd Griffiths, Jay’s Catering and Heavenly Blooms Florist. Each vendor brought their talent, dedication and commitment to excellence to this day. Wedding Jeannie couldn’t be more proud of this dream team.
Vendor Love:

Wedding Design & Planning: Wedding Jeannie
Venue: Serra Plaza, San Juan Capistrano
Photographer: Christopher Todd Studios
Catering & Wedding Cake: Jay’s Catering
Floral Design: Heavenly Blooms Florist
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Entertainment: Invisible Touch Events
Transportation: OC Cruiser
Beauty: Design Visage
Stationary: Digby & Rose
Gown: Rivini
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Group
Men’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Mexican Wedding in San Juan Capistrano

Bride Groom Vintage Car
Meet Jackie and David. It’s a tale of travel and romance. She grew up half of her life in Mexico City and the other in Los Angeles. He grew up in Orange County. They are both lovers of travel. It’s that love that brought them together. They met in the Peace Corps in a foreign country, and fell for each other. Washington DC would be where they ended up. So how did they marry in San Juan Capistrano you ask? Jackie and her family have a deep bond to their Mexican roots, and Jackie wanted to express it through her wedding day. David was happy to comply as long as his love of Star Wars could be weaved into the day. Both got their wish.

Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano happened to possess all of the attributes for bringing Old Mexico to Orange County. Enjoy all the details including, a Mexican candy station and a tequila tasting bar. The overall decor and details evoked feelings of romance, rustic elegance, vibrance and joy. That’s everything you would find in a traditional wedding in Mexico City. Mission accomplished! Enjoy the stunning images captured by Christopher Todd Griffiths. He’s a genius with a camera, and I’m so happy he captured the spirit of this day to perfection.

Gown & Clock
The Bride Something Blue
Bridal Party Serra Plaza Blue Wedding Shoes
Groom's Bulldog Cuff Links
Happy Groom at Serra Plaza
Star Wars Boutonniere's at Serra Plaza
Bulldog Ring Bearer
Bride and Her Father at Serra Plaza
The Ceremony at Serra Plaza
Wedding Ceremony Serra Plaza
Just Married at Serra Plaza
Church Pews and Stars at Serra Plaza
Wedding Cake at Serra Plaza
First Dance at Serra Plaza
Cobalt Blue Accents
Wedding Tequila Station
Wedding Candy Station
Wedding Jeannie brought the finest vendor team to the table for this DC couple. I can’t thank them enough for their talents and hard work. Don’t trust your wedding to anything less than PROFESSIONALS. That’s what we had here folks. Take a look at the line-up.

Venue: Serra Plaza in San Juan Capistrano
Wedding Planner: Wedding Jeannie
Photography: Christopher Todd Studios
Catering: Jay’s Catering
Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Floral Designer: Jaclyn Breault of Heavenly Blooms
Beauty: Design Visage
DJ: Invisible Touch
Candy Station: Wedding Jeannie
Tequila Station: Wedding Jeannie

Persian Sofreh Aghd – Cultural Wedding Traditions

Living and working in Los Angeles has given me the opportunity to work for clients from many interesting cultures. Most often, our clients are blending two cultures, and rely on me for advice in doing so. They understand that I embrace my own Latin Heritage, and I encourage them to incorporate their culture into their wedding. One the most touching traditions I’ve experienced is The Persian Sofreh Aghd.

Afsoon & Henry were married at The Westlake Village Inn. They had a very elaborate and elegant Sofreh Aghd. The Sofreh Aghd is the legal ceremony in the Iranian culture. The Sofreh altar (spread) is a detailed display of items believed to bring the bride and groom blessings in their life and marriage. The altar is displayed on the floor, facing the east, with the couple facing the light. Cushions are placed in front of the altar, as the bride and groom are seated throughout the ceremony. Each item on the sofreh has symbolism for the qualities the couple should possess in their marriage. Common items may be honey, coins, spices, candles, a mirror, and The Koran. Traditionally they are placed in a specific order, shown below.

Whether a sofreh is elaborate or modest, is the personal choice of the couple and their families. Symbolism of the items is what carries the most importance. The ceremony itself is filled with meaningful traditions that may not be fully understood if two cultures are being blended. For that reason I recommend a ceremony program that explains the importance of the sofreh, and the ceremony order.
Afsoon and Henry’s wedding was so meaningful to me. How lucky I was to experience these amazing traditions. Afsoon’s generosity in teaching me about her culture and her family traditions were a gift to me. She gave me the ability and confidence to plan many more Persian weddings in the future.
Resources: Persian Mirror Magazine
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