Haleh & Guillaume

July 24, 2010 at the Bellevue home of Hadi and Negar Partovi

After hitting it off at a friend's wedding outside Paris, San Francisco-based math teacher Haleh, 33, and business consultant Guillaume, 32, began a transatlantic relationship that resulted in Haleh moving to Paris a year later. A few months after that, they were engaged and began planning an intimate wedding in America, at Haleh's cousin's waterfront home on Meydenbauer Bay. Just before the wedding, 70 guests arrived for a merging of cultures. "This was the first time Guillaume's family ever visited the U.S.," says the bride. "It was touching to watch the two families come together to celebrate our love and union." Guests enjoyed a buffet from Herban Feast, and honored Guillaume's heritage by serving cheese before dessert. To celebrate the bride's culture, the couple sat at a traditional Persian sofreh aghd, a table filled with ceremonial items representing fertility, prosperity and other blessings. Haleh and Guillaume now live in San Francisco.
Favorite moment: "My cousins tricked me into thinking that only one of them would be able to perform at the reception, but as the solo began, more family members joined the stage," says Haleh. "It moved us to tears of joy and laughter. It was a beautiful and fun performance."

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