When Nasim and Tripp started planning their wedding, they really wanted to elope. "We got engaged in Big Sur during a road trip down the Pacific Coast Highway, and we thought we'd just go back with our families and get married there," Nasim says. But they realized there were so many more people they wanted to involve, so a big wedding it was (with 200 guests!). But that doesn't mean it was a traditional party. Instead, they chose to celebrate at the Decatur House in Washington, D.C., on New Year's Eve of 2014, turning their wedding into a glitzy celebration that was more about the party, even though Nasim was wearing white.
The black, silver, and gold bash was everything you'd want from a New Year's Eve party, with women in gowns, men in tuxedos, and an elegant spin on the couple's favorite comfort foods. See how they made their wedding the perfect way to ring in the new year, photographed by Rachael Foster Photography.
Though Nasim chose a bridal gown, the style and silhouette were decidedly non-traditional. Instead of tulle and lace, she chose a slinky Monique Lhuillier slip dress with an open back and crystals around the empire waist. She added some additional sparkle with glittery gold peep-toes.
The perfect finishing touch was a gold and diamond necklace from Tripp. "He designed the necklace himself. The three diamonds are from his grandmother's wedding ring," Nasim explains.
Tripp looked classic in a midnight blue tuxedo with black lapels. Nasim's red rose bouquet popped against the couple's formal ensembles — and were some of the only flowers they used for the entire event!
A close friend of the couple, a retired judge, officiated the ceremony. The pair added a personalized twist by writing their own vows. Instead of an altar, they stood on a carpet of white and gold flower petals, surrounded by glowing votive candles. Nasim's sister was her maid of honor, while Tripp's dad served as best man.
Nasim originally decided against a veil, but ended up changing her mind — and making the cathedral length accessory herself!
The wedding also featured a modified Persian ceremony in honor of the bride's heritage, with her cousin narrating for guests who'd never seen the traditions before. Then, the party kicked off in a tent on the Decatur House's patio, with strings of café lights over cocktail tables decorated with black and silver linens. Centerpieces combined glowing candles with a collection of hats, headbands, and blowers ready for guests when the ball dropped.
The bride and groom cut into a coconut and strawberry cake decorated with buttercream rosettes. Instead of a seated dinner, guests noshed on passed hors d'oeuvres and an oyster bar.
The newlyweds kicked off 2015 in the best way possible: With a midnight kiss!
Says Nasim of other couple's considering the pair's less-than-traditional approach: "Don't get stressed out! This is supposed to be a special experience, so feel entitled to do whatever makes you happiest!"
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Decatur House || Wedding Coordinator: Voila Event Studio || Bride's Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier || Shoes: BHLDN || Jewelry & Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co. || Hair & Makeup: Muse Studios || Bridesmaid's Dress: BCBG || Groom's Attire: ENZO Custom || Florist: Mayflowers || Invitations & Paper Goods: Paper Source || Music: DJ D-Mac || Catering: Eat & Smile Catering || Cake: Amphora Bakery || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals || Videography: Paul Kwak Productions || Photography: Rachael Foster Photography
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