Bridging Culture

14 Jan 2011

Sanaz from Iran met Kristian from Norway in Dubai, and married in a church ceremony on a remote farm in Norway

The venues
The wedding took place in a small town just 100km away from Oslo in a place called Opaker Gard. (Opaker farm). Norway is famous for it’s nature and greenery, and the venue was the perfect place to hold both the wedding and the reception. It was the perfect venue, made up of three traditionl wooden Norwegian farmhouses. Far removed from everything, it meant that guests stayed focused on the event itself.

The menu

Guests were treated to fresh produce from the farm, and served up a three course meal, starting with a fresh seafood platter, followed by duck breast, and then finishing with a traditional crème brulée.

The flowers
The theme for the flowers was white, so the everything from the table decorations to the bridal bouquet was made up of orchids and white roses, put together by local florist from the area, Tamara.

The favours
The couple tried to infuse the event with a taste of Iran as well as Dubai, where they met. They did this by following Iranian tradition and burning esfand seeds after the ceremony – a Persian tradition performed in order to avert the evil eye. There were also Iranian flavours added to the menu, as guests were served an amuse bouche of miniature Iranian minced lamb chelo kebabs.

A small Emirati touch was incorporated by way of the place cards – small cards from Gallery One, with paintings of the Arabian desert and camels on them.

The invitations
The invites were by William Arthur Design, carefully chosen from a selection at the Paper Room in Dubai.

The outfits
Sanaz chose her entire outfit, including a white satin gown, tiara and veil from the wedding shop in Jumeirah, and her beautiful jewellery was from a selection at Swarowski.

Kristian’s suit was tailored at a bespoke tailoring house in DIFC and paired with designer accessories bought locally.

Sanaz gave the bridesmaids only one condition whilst choosing their dresses – that they shoud be green or purple, as she wanted to stick with an autumnal theme, and also have the bridesmaids match the groomsmen in their purple Paul Smith suits.

The hair and make-up

Sanaz chose to wear her hair the way her husband likes it, down, in loose curls. She kept her make-up simple, wanting to look like herself.

The wedding planner
As the wedding was in Norway, it was necessary to have a wedding planner, and she did a great job of looking after just about everything from the transport, right down to decorating the bridal suite.

Best part

Marrying the person you love in such a beautiful setting, surrounded by nature and all your loved ones.

Best advice for a bride

Stay calm, and enjoy the day. You will hardly believe how fast it goes, so just breathe and record every moment in your head to cherish forever.

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