Noveen and Arpan
The dating app Bumble played the matchmaker for Noveen Moinpour and Arpan Bajaj. Following a number of years together, Arpan decided to propose to Noveen on the fourth anniversary of their first date. It was a pleasant surprise for Noveen as Arpan proposed to her during their Napa trip in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
At the next stage of their relationship, the couple decided together to follow rituals from both the bride’s and the groom’s sides. Noveen being Persian and Arpan Indian, they had two dates and separate venues for two sets of weddings and receptions. The wedding weekend began with the Indian wedding which they celebrated on November 19, 2021, at Pier 27 in San Francisco. The Persian wedding followed the next day on November 20, 2021, at Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco. The lengthy guest list of 450 required hotels large enough to accommodate them.
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The marriage was a perfect blend of Persian and Indian cultures where traditions, music, and celebrations were a happy combination of both traditions and ethos. Indian pre-wedding ceremonies, such as the Pooja and Mehndi, were celebrated at Arpan’s parents’ house. Despite being a Persian, Noveen participated in the Mehndi beautifully decked up in bright jewel tones of pink and yellow.
The Hindu wedding ceremony began at 4:00 p.m., followed by a cocktail and reception. With the San Francisco skyline as the backdrop, there was a simple mandap featuring burgundy and green flowers representing fall. Arpan arrived in a red Ferrari and the music was a blend of Hindi, Persian, and English songs. The Indian reception was a combination of both reception and Sangeet highlighted by speeches and dance performances from family members and friends. There were Mehndi artists and a bangle bar for the guests.
The Persian wedding ceremony was held inside the Gold Room at the Fairmont Hotel. A platform decorated with gold and white accent pieces was set. The flowers were green and white. The pillars had love poems in Persian calligraphy. The theme colors for the reception were black, gold, and white.
The entire theme and festivities of the dual-culture marriage made it all the more memorable for the couple. They received blessings from almost everyone for this beautiful marriage and both of them embraced and enjoyed each other’s traditions with love and respect.