Sofreh e Aghd
"Sofreh" means to spread.The "Suzni" or "Termeh" is a cloth used as the base upon which the beautiful antiques and ornaments were laid on.It is a cloth passed from mother to daughter and is the "something old" .This Suzni was the bride's great grandmothers gharara!. It was what her great grandmother wore to school & it got me thinking that maybe if all our uniforms were this beautiful we wouldn't have doodled all over the edges.At least I wouldn't have.
Everyone who saw the Sofreh could tell it was painstakingly designed , co-ordinated aesthetically arranged. The entire ceremony was a cohesion of culture, traditions and elegance .
There was a stunning golden mirror called the "Ayne e Bakht" at the head of the Sofreh.It is kept to bring light & brightness into the future of the couple. Two beautiful blue candle columns, candelabras which held matt gold and silver candles, and DIY floating candles in crystal bowls boasted on either side of the mirror.
Adorable pens in a silver tray for the Bride & Groom to sign their marriage documents with. I loved the fact that even such fine details matched the colour theme:)
Some items were brought from Iran such as the Esfand and the"Khand".The Esfand was decorated in a beautiful paisley on a silver tray and is believed to ward off evil. The two sugar cones "Khand"are made out of hardened sugar and are ground together above the bride and bridegroom's head (over the scarf held above their heads) throughout the ceremony to shower them in sugar symbolizing sweetness and happiness.
A beautiful winter wish tree lit up one corner of the room. The "Wish" leaves were in powder blue with ornate golden ribbons and were placed in an antique silver tray. Friends & Family wrote their blessings in an assortment of glittery ink for Raza & Marziyeh and then placed them on the wish tree.It was a nikkah that involved all the guests, made everyone participants rather than just spectators.The smiles radiating from everyone was testimony to the fun of it all.