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Nicole & Hooman’s El Matador Beach Enga...

Nicole & Hooman’s El Matador Beach Engagement

The sun kissed coastline of El Matador beach in Southern California is a beautiful spot for some sunset photographs, and photographer Megan Harris went there with Nicole and Hooman to capture their love. As the sun slowly set, these two lovebirds twirled and kissed, forgetting all the world around them as they dug their toes into the sand together, the sunshine kissing their skin.

This feature was published in The White Wren Volume 2 – pick up your print copy here! 

How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Funny story! We met while I was out on a blind date with someone else at a bar in Hollywood, CA. That being said, the date was not the best decision and I was so happy when I ran into my now fiancé! As soon as I saw him I was smitten! He was so cute! My life just got better!

Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
A hurdle we have had to overcome has been planning a destination wedding during COVID. We originally planned for an October 2020 Wedding in Tulum, Mexico but had to postpone to April 2021.

Any special ways you are incorporating your family or family history into your wedding day?
For our wedding we wanted to incorporate something from my Mexican culture and Hooman’s Persian culture. From the ceremony, food, deserts, music and location. We want a mixture of different things that represent each one of us. For the ceremony we will have a Shaman perform a Cosmic Mayan ceremony. Something that is traditional to the Riviera Maya regional part of Mexico. Also included is a Persian wedding tradition, which is a Honey Ceremony. The groom picks up a jar of honey (asal) then dips his little finger into the jar of honey, and feeds it to the bride. She then does the same for him. This is to symbolize that they will feed each other sweetness and sustenance throughout their lives together.

What part of your wedding day is most important to you?
Celebrating together and being being surrounded by family and friends who love us.

What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Patience, understanding and learning about each others cultural traditions.

What is your favorite thing about each other?
We make each other laugh.

What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
My favorite part about planning our wedding so far I would say was designing our invitation and our website together. I loved working with the printer and calligrapher and seeing the invite design come to life. Another part I have really enjoyed, has been reaching out to different vendors and sourcing materials and designing mood boards and doing site visits. I am really enjoying this whole process and have a new found love for event planning! I am very detail oriented and specific when it comes to our wedding aesthetic, color palette and we can’t wait to see everything come to life!

If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Do your research and hire a wedding planner if possible. Compare rates with different vendors. Establish a color palette and go from there. Be sure to have a budget in mind and save save!

What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Love can happen at an unexpected moment.

Floral Designer: Bloom Theory
Photographer: Megan Harris Photography
Film Lab: The FIND Lab


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