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Chateau Lill Intimate Pandemic Wedding

Yesterday Roxy and Ben celebrated their one year Anniversary and today we look back at their intimate micro wedding at Chateau Lill. We started working with Roxy and Ben planning a large 4th of July wedding weekend but as the Pandemic spread they shifted gears and moved their wedding to August 8, 2020 so immediate family members could travel to celebrate their day as well as moving their date to their actual anniversary.

As family and a few close friends gathered at Chateau Lill early that day, the misty morning rain lifted.

With chairs set in groupings per couple/household, guests sat around the sofreh which had been set with family heirlooms from Roxy’s family.

In the Iranian tradition, the Sofreh Aghd, meaning wedding spread, holds food and object traditionally symbolizing truth, happiness, prosperity, hope and beauty. Each aspect of the Sofreh is rich in tradition.

Rubbing cones of sugar together represents the raining of sweet joy upon the union. The mirror incarnates light and represents the light of truth, honesty, reality, purity. Candles represent the symbolic weight of light as well as fire in the sense of a purifying agent.

Flowers highlight the beauty of a life together. Honey and sweets tell a future of sweetness and happiness. Esfand (wild Rue) is used to guard against and neutralize negative energy and negative thinking.

Bread represents prosperity. Eggs and walnuts bring fertility. Fruit speaks of a joyous future. Rosewater is to perfume the air. Coins represent prosperity. Needles and thread are displayed to intertwine the lives of the couple and their families together.

No two sofrehs will be the same. This choice of Sofreh was made to include the most meaningful items for prosperity in Roxy and Ben’s marriage.

Following the ceremony loved ones came together for a group photo before enjoying espresso from Espresso Elegance and gourmet dogs from Dante’s Inferno Dogs; both originally contracted for their late night snacks but repurposed to be used for a post wedding treat!

And with restrictions requiring masks on unless eating or drinking, they followed!

Even though their wedding day was not the date nor the size of the original wedding that they had thought about and prepared for Roxy and Ben embraced their wedding day and knew in the end they were truly lucky to have each other and get the opportunity to celebrate their love that day. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!

Congratulations Roxy & Ben!

Thanks so much for your help on Saturday. I really don’t know how we could have done it without you. With Roxy’s finishing residency, the pandemic, planning and replanning a wedding from another state, moving across the country, but you kept us on task and pulled everything together. We would have been truly lost without your expertise and guidance. Obviously the day wasn’t what we originally planned, but we loved it regardless and it turned out perfect and beautiful and we’re so happy. ~ Ben

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – Lyndsey Kaye Photography
Venue – Chateau Lill
Hair & Makeup – Offwhite Beauty & Makeup
Floral – Fena Flowers
Sofreh – Leila Farang
Sofreh Stage – Happy Hour Bar Rentals
Espresso – Espresso Elegance
Hot Dogs – Dantes Inferno
Wedding Gown – Fantasy Bridal
Wedding Cake (enjoyed that evening at a family dinner at Roxy’s parents home) – Honey Crumb Cake Studio

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