A Halloween party hosted by a mutual friend brought Eric and Mahtab together a few years back. When the couple started dating, Eric immediately began studying Farsi in a show of support for Mahtab’s Iranian background.
His studiousness paid off when in November 2015, he proposed to his future bride in her native language. After taking a couple of months to enjoy their engagement, Eric and Mahtab began planning in January.
They already had an idea for the ceremony and a timeframe in mind, so they were off to a quick start. “We wanted to plan the ceremony and reception outdoors, with lots of space around, in a field with trees; and we wanted to combine our cultures,” says Mahtab.
After researching online for locations and vendors, the couple decided to plan everything themselves. For a venue, they wanted the ease of having it in Vancouver (for visiting family and friends from around teh world). Mahtab recalls coming to Vancouver in 2013 and visiting UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. She fell in love with the museum and grounds, so after revisiting with Eric, they felt a connection and booked it.
Since it’s not a traditional venue, Eric and Mahtab say they had to navigate some logistics, including sourcing bathrooms and electricity. Everything worked out in the end, although Mahtab jokes that the planning process felt a bit like being a project manager.
The ceremony combined traditional a Persian sofreh aghd with Western elements. Set amongst the totems at Museum of Anthropology, the ceremony tied together three cultures.
The reception was then held in a tented area, with deep red and pearl details. Emelle’s Catering provided dinner as well as cupcakes in lieu of a traditional cake.