The Wedding of…
Delaram Shams & Reza Khayatian
Ceremony & Reception: The Rockleigh
Gown: Sena Masoud at
Sena Masoud, Ridgefield, NJ
Tux: Ermenegildo Zegna
Photographer: ZF New York Studio
Makeup: Blush and Brush
Hair: Jason, Blush and Brush
Florist: Wedded Events
Cake: A Little Cake
DJ: DJ Taba
"My Dream Wedding"
We met on New Year’s Eve at a party at Reza’s house in 2018. We danced all night and there was a chemistry right away. We exchanged numbers the next day and he took me to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree.
He lived in New Jersey and I lived in Maryland. The weekend after, he came to MD and took me on a date to a restaurant in Washington, DC. Two years later he took me to Cherry Spring for stargazing and he proposed to me under the stars.
One of the top venues in NJ, The Rockleigh went perfectly with my wedding vibe, with its big chandeliers, magnificent gardens, and beautiful water fountains.
I worked with Zara Khayatian, now my sister-in-law, and she was amazing. She made my dream wedding come true. For cocktail hour, we served ceviche of rock shrimp, chateaubriand, roasted tenderloin of beef on baguette, and chicken spiedini stuffed with sautéed spinach.
We also had nine stations for our guests, including a tapas style Tuscan table with grilled squash, eggplant, golden beet, and roasted pineapple. Our Mediterranean station had hummus with tahini and pita bread chips, tabouleh salad, and Israeli couscous with a mint and lemon dressing. Our taste of Italy and risotto station offered gnocchi in a classic bolognese sauce, risotto with sautéed baby shrimp, and rollatini stuffed with sundried tomato-infused ricotta. The chef’s carving station also had rib-eye seasoned with sea salt and herb-crusted leg of lamb with apricot chutney.
Other favorite stations were our Mexican station, Spanish paella station, and a sushi and sashimi bar. There was an ice sculpture with our monogram on it. We served “Persian Sunset” and “Tehran Mule” as our signature drinks. The cocktails had rose water and saffron in them. A live band played during the cocktail hour with a violin and tonbak, a traditional Persian instrument. They also played during the dinner.
Our ceremony was a traditional Persian ceremony with a beautiful table set called sofreh aghd, each item on the table representing something in life. The sofreh table is comprised of a variety of edibles and artifacts all of which tie together to symbolize health, love, and good-fortune for the couple. The sofreh aghd was made by my talented mother-in-law.
The ballroom was decorated by Neda from Wedded Events. I wanted an all-white look so we went with white roses, baby breath, and white orchids. The chairs were decorated with white fabric. Very heavenly. All my bridesmaids were in white gown too.
Dinner started with a Napoleon of beefsteak tomato and portobello mushroom with buffalo mozzarella. Guests then chose prime filet mignon in a reduction of Madeira wine with shallots and truffles, striped bass with a lobster and cream sauce, or Tuscan roasted chicken breast with truffle butter and exotic mushroom ragout. Along with our wedding cake we had other deserts like chocolate mousse, mini chocolate lava cakes, mini ice cream sandwiches, and mini cannolis. Pizza was served at midnight in the lobby as our guests were leaving.
We want to thank Zara at The Rockleigh, Blush and Brush, and especially Maryanne for being amazing with our families and for helping us and our guests.
The Rockleigh, Rockleigh, NJ