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Real Wedding: Erin & Ali

Bride: Erin Powell Fardshisheh
Groom: Ali Fardshisheh
Wedding gown style: Ethel
Wedding date: October 15, 2011
Boutique purchased: The Bridal Salon at Saks Jandel
Location: Washington, DC
Photographer: Jennifer Domenick, Love Life Images

First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? Ali and I met on our first day of law school at the University of Miami. In fact, we met in our very first class – Property. I walked into Room F108, sat in the middle of the second row and introduced myself to the boy sitting to my left. It wasn’t love at first sight but Ali was cute, and I noticed. (I love cute.) The rest, as they say, is history.

How did he propose? Tell us the story! We flew to Miami to celebrate Ali’s birthday (or so I thought). A few weeks before we left he suggested we revisit the law school together. We landed, unpacked, had dinner and headed to campus to walk off our meal.  The classrooms were locked up for the evening – all except F108, where every single light was blazing. A janitor let us in. And then, just like that, he proposed. In front of the janitor. On the floor of the classroom where it all began four years prior.

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? When I looked in the mirror, I saw myself first – not the dress.

As Vera has started to veer away from traditional white/ivory gowns shown in her recent Fall 2012 Collection, was an alternate color something you considered? All white felt too predictable. I knew I wanted to express myself by wearing an alternate color and I knew it had to be black. (That being said, I came very close to purchasing a champagne colored gown!) The black sash was a perfect accent to Ethel - flattering, sophisticated and unexpected.

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? I wanted to keep the gown stark and simple. To create the illusion of curves, we modified the neckline to a slight sweetheart. I chose a short veil to complement the dress and my face shape. Without a doubt, the sash was my biggest embellishment.

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? Ali and I wanted a modern, elegant wedding that reflected our shared love of DC. In keeping with that theme, we chose a clean, contemporary color scheme (slate, ivory and black) and a distinctive Washington setting (the Mandarin Oriental). The Jefferson Memorial provided a beautiful background for our wedding ceremony and an ideal location for pre-ceremony pictures.

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? (I.e. fragrance, fine papers etc.) If so how? Ali and I registered for Vera Wang Fine China. Following the ceremony, we toasted our newly minted marriage with Vera Wang champagne flutes!

Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. If so, what were yours?
Something Old: Iranian coins from Ali’s grandmother (incorporated into our ceremony).
Something New: Christian Louboutins
Something Borrowed: My friend Dana gave me a half penny for luck. I taped it inside my right shoe.
Something Blue: I wore a black satin Tiffany & Co. clutch to the reception – the lining was Tiffany blue.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Go dress shopping alone at least once – too many opinions will leave you confused and exhausted.

What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? Taking photos with my husband before our wedding ceremony. This is one area where I urge couples to cast superstitions aside. We were both nervous and emotional and it felt so wonderfully normal to spend some quiet moments alone before the day began in earnest.

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