This week we are thrilled to share with you the recent wedding of Nora & Jonathon along with the wedding highlights video from Eric Film! From a chance meeting through a cousin to a wonderful wedding surrounded by family and friends at the beautiful Hummingbird Nest Ranch, the story of Nora Gasparian and Jonathon Mansour is a treasure to behold.
Location, Location, Location
The setting was essential. And to Nora, typical was out of the question. Adorned with desert flora and cacti amidst the Santa Susanna mountains the Hummingbird Ranch was a prime location. With the theme of “cut flowers” from the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Spring 2014 show as inspiration the only way to carry the magic from Milan, Italy to Southern California was with every detail just right. And with Hummingbird as their venue of choice Nora and Jonathon were off in the right direction.
Family’s First Dinner
Over the years Nora and her family had worked with Anoush Catering to plan great menus for many special occasions. Working with their team for her wedding day was an easy choice because “They really care about their customers and want to make sure that they are satisfied.” Keeping in mind both Nora’s Armenian heritage and Jonathan’s east coast family and friends they pored through menus and chose their own central theme, aided by Anoush’s 28 years of culinary expertise.
Starting off with tray passed wonders that included prosciutto crackers and figs with goat cheese was a delectable way to whet the appetites of their loved ones in advance of the feast to come. And feast they did, with appetizers like hummus and jajek and signature dishes ranging from Beef Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes to Saffron Chicken. And Nora’s favorite dish? The Salmon. Because as she puts it, “The salmon dish is a MUST! Anytime I go to a Anoush event, I anxiously wait for the salmon!”
Say Yes to the Dress
No wedding is complete without the perfect dress. Nora knew her own taste and was determined to wear only what felt “just right.” After trying on several dresses the one she picked had the most detail and was straight off the runway. And to keep the mystery alive the happy couple didn’t see each other for the entire weekend until the moment she walked down the aisle. Gasps from the crowds welcomed her as she took each step toward the altar. And Jonathan’s smiling face was the best reward she could wish for.
Continuing the trend of personal touches in every facet Nora chose one of her best friends, owner of Petals LA, for her flowers. Vibrant pinks, luscious purples and ivory and whites sparkled on every table. A floral home of Gabbana couture was alive and a bride’s vision realized in each petal. Beneath chandeliers provided by and a sprawling white tent the décor was flawless.
Forever and Beyond
The night was set and everything came together. A first dance to John Legend’s “All of Me”, the slice into a gorgeous seven tier cake, and laughter and happy tears from over 300 guests. The dream of a dream wedding complete!