When thinking of an Italian inspired resort in Newport Beach, California you wouldn’t necessarily think bright whites or modern. The creative design team of Details Details and Square Root designs collaborated and brought Mona and Shahab’s wedding dreams to life. Transforming the traditional ballroom first with white carpet and then layered it with floor to ceiling white chiffon wall drapes, taking away all the yellow gold hues. An oversized high gloss white dance floor stretched from one wall to the other with one hundred silver and grey stars swirled towards their sweetheart table. Their acrylic dining table was fully covered with fresh deflexed roses and candles floating in water. An oversized LOVE sign symbolized their affection for another and it was also the name of their first dance song by Frank Sinatra.
When we asked Mona about wedding design, she explains: “The reason why I chose a modern theme is because in general, I like simple, but elegant. I am very minimalist when it comes to design, and the architecture in our house is consistent with that as well. Additionally, I am very visual and enjoyed coming up with new innovative designs that have not been created before. I feel like my dress is also simple, but has intricate design and beautiful sequins, lace embroidery that is not found in most wedding gowns. Also, I love how my dress was form fitting and the train was an A line that smoothly flowed onto the ground. We decided to use for our theme the sun, moon, and stars because since Shahab and I started dating, he would call me his “Moon” (instead of Mona); his name in Farsi also means shooting star. In general, both of us are very spiritual and believe in positive energy and the power of the universe. For our wedding, we wanted everyone to feel the positive energy of our love and the timelessness of it that crosses all wavelengths and vibrations.”
Mona and Shahab treated their friends and family to a lavish 4 course dinner serving Grilled Prawns, the famous “Paul Bocuse” soup, Filet Mignon or pan seared Alaskan Halibut and finished with Champagne soaked Vanilla Cake with rose water white chocolate mousse. Prior to that, guests were greeted upon arrival by the Pelican Hill staff with truffle macaroni and cheese, and petite Colorado lamb chops. Throughout the entire evening, a large 10 ft. ice sculpture carved with the moon and stars, displayed chilled crab claws, oysters on the half shell and jumbo gulf shrimp. Food was extremely important to the both of them. They wanted to extend the greatest hospitality and make sure that no one left hungry or thirsty. If this didn’t seem like a lot already, they also served Persian Tea with a traditional sweets table filled with bamieh, baklava and cookies. And finally for the late night dancers and tequila consumers, all needed something savory and enjoyed full size chicken and beef tacos!
Images by: Duke Photography
Other Players | Florist, Draping, Lighting: Square Root Designs | Entertainment: DJ Mike Soltani | Dance Floor: HCD Portable Dance Floors | Ice Shellfish Display: Ice Bulb | Chairs: White Night Design | Video: Visual Masterpiece Productions | Menu Cards Table Names and Dance Floor Design: River and Bridge | Wedding Gown: Alon Livne White | Wedding Cake: The Resort at Pelican Hill Pastry Team