Nirosha & Pejman

A Seattle couple blends Sri Lankan and Persian traditions with a scenic surprise on the Suquamish waterfront
From: Spring/Summer 2014 edition

Love blossomed between Nirosha Wickremasinghe, 32, and Pejman Pour-Moezzi, 30, during grad school at the University of California, Berkeley. Sparks flew two weeks before graduation when Nirosha left a note that read “You have a secret admirer” on the whiteboard in class for Pejman to see. Once he figured it out, Pejman asked her on a date to an Oakland Museum of California party, which she accepted instantly. Following graduation, Pejman moved to Seattle for work (he’s the cofounder of a tech startup called Cody, a mobile app for fitness), and Nirosha (now an officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) followed him shortly thereafter. After a romantic proposal on the beach in Orange County over Christmas break, the couple began planning their wedding in the adopted city they had grown to love. “We wanted our guests to get a real feel for Seattle, since very few of them had ever been to the Pacific Northwest,” says Nirosha. The couple settled on Kiana Lodge, the iconic, charming waterfront venue in Poulsbo that they felt confident would capture the beauty of the Pacific Northwest for their guests.

On the day of the wedding, to make transportation fun and easy for out-of-town friends and family, Nirosha and Pejman had their guests board a private Waterways boat that took them straight to the venue, a secret destination where the couple awaited their arrival. In the presence of the people she and Pejman hold most dear, and surrounded by peach, pink and coral garden roses, white and green hydrangeas, succulents and fern curls, Nirosha walked down the aisle in a two-piece ivory gown with charmeuse satin lining and lace appliqué with sparkling embroidery and crystals. Blending traditions, they held a Buddhist poruwa ceremony with blessings for prosperity, health and happiness for the couple (recited in the Pali and Sinhala languages), followed by Sinhalese rituals performed on a special platform celebrating Nirosha’s Sri Lankan heritage. In between ceremonies, guests sipped a signature cocktail composed of gin, elderflower, ginger beer and cucumber and named “Le Musee,” served in honor of Nirosha and Pejman’s first date at the museum. The night was topped with a lively Persian ceremony, in which the couple celebrated Pejman’s culture with the sofreh ye-aghd, a centerpiece presentation of symbolic foods and objects. After the ceremonies, Nirosha swapped out her dress for her mother’s wedding sari and got the party started.

The most magical moment of the night came just before they boarded the boat back to Seattle, when surprise fireworks—arranged by Nirosha’s sister—lit up the sky over the water. After saying their vows, the couple jetted off to Tanzania, where they embarked on a 10-day wildlife and cultural safari, and spent five days on the beach in Zanzibar.

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Credits: 
Bridal gown
Bridesmaids’ attire
Cake
Catering
Florist
Groom’s attire
Ted Baker suit, Magnanni shoes from Nordstrom
Hair
Meghann Oliberos
Invitations
Makeup
Music
South Sound Strings, Ambience Jazz and Events Tacoma
Photography
Rentals
Videography