My Fairytale Wedding | California (Part 1)

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Fairytale Wedding: We Said ‘I Do’

 
Today I’m so excited to share my most exciting post yet. MY WEDDING DAY! Ahhh It was truly the happiest day of my life and you’ll see why. I couldn’t stop smiling. I probably shouldn’t forget to mention that we ended up planning this wedding in 5 weeks. We were engaged for 6 months and it was a classic Sazan move to wait last minute to get the ball rolling. lol Okay, let’s re-live the magic. I’m going to share some intimate pictures with you and take you through the big day. 🙂
 
Our small ceremony took place at a private residence in Malibu, California on Friday, May 8th. The forecast kept saying it was going to rain all day. I was a little worried because it was cloudy all morning. I remember taking a moment in the car on the way up to Malibu and praying with Stevie’s mom for the sun to come out. Literally 10 minutes after we prayed…the sun came shining out. By the 6pm ceremony, the view was perfect.
 
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This place was insane. We were originally going to have the reception party on the roof top overlooking the ocean but we were afraid it would get super windy at night so we decided to party inside (which is just as breathtaking).
 
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Getting married outside was a must for Stevie and I. We’re big nature lovers so we knew that being near the water would be the perfect backdrop for our ceremony.
 
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You know how they say on the day of your wedding the bride gets super psycho and panicky? That totally wasn’t the case for me. I was the calmest I’ve ever been in my life. I was a little shocked hahaha. It was such a chill day and everything went smoothly.
 
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 This dress originally looked NOTHING like this.

 
Funny story about THE DRESS: Because I waited so late to plan this wedding, when I went dress shopping I was shocked that most places said it takes 4-6 months to get your dress sized, altered, with multiple fittings etc.. I WAS LIKE WHAT PLANET HAVE I BEEN LIVING ON AND WHY DIDN’T ANYONE TELL ME THIS. HAHA. Basically I had a couple of options. 1.) I had to buy a sample dress off the rack and make it work somehow or 2.) Find a bridal store that offers tons of dresses, pick one, and take it to a really good tailor to transform it into your dream dress. I went with option 2. I decided to go to BHLDN (Anthropologie’s bridal line!) which is down the street from my house. The original dress (below) had sleeves which looked a little too grandma on me, but I loved the whimsical flow at the bottom of the dress. I knew with a good tailor, there was hope!
 
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Stevie and I agreed not to see each other before the ceremony so we took our individual pictures with the photographer a couple hours before. Our photographer and friend Jon kept me focused! I was like a giddy school girl because I knew Stevie was in the opposite side of the house getting ready and I kept getting so excited. ha!
 
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I mentioned the funny story on my Instagram about the flowers at my wedding. When Matty our florist asked me what flowers I wanted for the wedding, my bouquet..etc my response was, “Pretty ones!” With that being said, I had no clue. I gave Matty and his team full control over the flower situation (which I know must’ve felt like a lot of pressure for them) but they killed every detail! I wanted my bouquet to be simple and elegant. Matty went with white peonies which I absolutely loved!
 
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How handsome was my groom!?!? Most grooms just “show up” the day of the wedding. Stevie played a huge role in the wedding planning process. There were days when I literally couldn’t get out of work assignments and/or bed because I was so exhausted from a long week that he would take charge and coordinate with our planner and handle all of the details. He didn’t want me to stress. LOVE HIM.
 

The Ceremony + Reception

 
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Finally. The best part. Our ceremony was super intimate with just 35 guests. I walked down the aisle to one of the first songs we ever loved together, Bon Iver: Holocene. The moment I walked down and saw him at the end of the aisle, I was fighting back the tears. I felt God’s presence all over me and the prize He was about to bless me with for the rest of my life. It wasn’t easy getting to the alter (so many cultural obstacles over the years) that only Stevie, myself and God can comprehend. I couldn’t help but think back to everything we’ve been through over the past 3.5 years and the journey to get to this moment. And in that moment, I felt like I won the lottery.
 

Our families praying over us moments before we exchanged our vows. So special!

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We decided to write our own vows which was my favorite part of the ceremony. The day before the wedding, I tried practicing but I kept crying after the first sentence. LOL #GetItTogetherSaz

 

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The moment after the kiss. Offically Mr. and Mrs. 😉

 

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We took these photos right after the ceremony. As you can see, we were so overwhelmed with joy!

 

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The Dinner Reception 

 

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Dinner was so special. We had Kurdish food!!!!! Niroj restaurant in Malibu catered our wedding food. We served tons of traditional Kurdish cuisines to our guests. I love this photo of Stevie feeding me  Dolma. Culturally, it truly meant so much more than what you see here. I love that he embraces my culture and values these small details. <3 

 

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I’m so excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. He makes me soooooo happy!!!!!

 

I hope you enjoyed re-living my wedding day with me and that it inspired you to embrace love! I mentioned this wedding was super small and intimate because it was only Part 1 of the celebration… I’m excited to share that we will be having a bigger reception party with more family and friends this July in… TEXAS!!!!!!!! It’s our home state and where we fell in love. 

 

There’s a few special people I need to thank for helping Stevie and I make this wedding happen.  Caravents team (Cara + Meredith you rock!), Matty and ThePetalWorkshop team, Mina, Jane (you were the MVP!), Our families and specially my big sister Sayran (thanks for being with me every step of the way), and mama Hendrix (thanks for being our right hand woman), Richard (thank you for keeping things on track), Jon Volk (you brought our vision to life!), Block of Joy (amazing videography team), Lisa Montero (You made my hair look so fleek!!!) and Lyndsay (for giving me the best makeup of my life) and Niroj restaurant (their Kurdish food was so good!) and of course all of our amazing guests who are a blessing in our lives!

 

Cheers to getting another wedding!!!! #Part2 #StevieandSazan


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  1. You are the most beautiful bride and groom I’ve ever, EVER!, seen. Your simplicity is inspiring and your characters are heartwarming. I aspire to have what you two have.
    Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.
    Mabrook! Xoxo

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your wedding story Sazan! Your wedding looked absolutely perfect. And you looked flawless! Congratulations to you and your new hubby! Wishing you nothing but happiness, health and success!
    XO,
    Brittany

  3. I listened to the ceremony song while reading and looking at those beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for sharing this very private day with us! Everything looks perfect and I wish that one day I can look back to my wedding day as happy as you.
    Wish you all the best!

    xx Martina

  4. So inspiring Sazan! You guys make a beautiful couple, many blessings! Can’t wait to see pics of wedding #2 in Texas, my second home.

  5. Hi saz
    sorry but why I can’t see ur parents at the wedding which is the best day ofun their daughter also for them

  6. The photos came out so beautifuly , reading this blog gave me hope after almost giving up on finding “true love”. I was slowly starting to believe that there is no such thing as everlasting love , you’ve definitely helped me alter my thoughts.

    Oh! By the way these shots looks like a Vogue shoot. Definitely bride ans groom of the year!

    I hope that you two live a life full of happiness and babies❤️
    Love from
    South Africa

  7. Absolutely breath taking! You can just feel the overwhelming positive energy, joy and love in each photo. Wishing you all the best, today and always xxx 🙂

  8. Sazan – reading this actually brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. You looked out of this world and so so happy!! Wishing you & Stevie lots of happiness always. xxxx

  9. I have been waiting for this blog post for so long! All I can say is that I’m so happy for you and Steve and you have never ever looked so beautiful ever ever ever! Wow. These images are breathtaking! I love you guys beyond! Cheers to a happily ever after <3

  10. As a kurdish woman currently experiencing that journey to the alter (to an Arab man).. I completely understand the cultural obstacles that you’ve experienced as well.

    It’s love stories like this one that lend me optimism! Thanks for sharing Sazan.

    – Naween

  11. OH MY GOSH!!!! SOOOOOO PRETTY I JUST CANT SAY ANYTHING!!!! this makes me really happy because I can really see what u achieved sazan!!
    Thank you very much for sharing this special thing with us!!! I can only say: congratulations!!! only he best for you and stevie!!!
    ‘ It wasn’t easy getting to the alter (so many cultural obstacles over the years) that only Stevie, myself and God can comprehend. I couldn’t help but think back to everything we’ve been through over the past 3.5 years and the journey to get to this moment.’ —- wow… I only can say I had the same thing going on…I am kurdish (slemany) and I am going to marry a swiss man … You only can imagine how it goes!! I am super happy for you that you made this step!! you’re very very strong 🙂 and thats why I love you…
    I am very happy that I found you, you’re now my favorite blogger princess!
    love, rosa

    1. This makes me so glad to read. I love that you also embrace love outside our beautiful culture. Best of luck sweetie xoxo

  12. Absolutely gorgeous! Could you tell me if your veil is also from BHLDN & what style? I am looking for a simple veil just like this for my wedding in September. Thank you so much!

    1. Yes! it is!! Hmmm not sure the style but it’s the simple/plain veil that’s mid-lento (not super long at all!)

  13. Being kurdish i felt like i could relate to you in a sense that im also with a man outside of the culture and its so hard with everything you have to face! Seeing ur wedding helped me imagine how our wedding would be lile whether it would be a balance of both cultures or 2 different weddings! You’ve given me clarity and hope and u have alot of courage breaking those cultural barriers i look up to you in a way so thank you for sharing this day!

  14. Congrats on the wedding Sazan. I am a huge fan and follow you on Instagram. Ps I’m also Kurdish and understand the cultural “challenges” we can face when marrying outside of our ethnicity having tried to live but categorically failing . I find you inspirational to women the epitome of beauty brains and #BYOB .. Keep doing what your doing …lots of love from Oxford U.K
    BTW would love to see you when your in London…please do a meet and greet there! X

    1. Thanks for your support. It means the world to me 🙂 Keep a look out on my blog + social – I definitely want to plan a meet up!!

  15. Congrats on the wedding Sazan. I am a huge fan and follow you on Instagram. Ps I’m also Kurdish and understand the cultural “challenges” we can face when marrying outside of our ethnicity having tried to live it but categorically failing . I find you inspirational to women the epitome of beauty brains and #BYOB .. Keep doing what your doing …lots of love from Oxford U.K
    BTW would love to see you when your in London…please do a meet and greet there! X

  16. .Congratulations !!!
    The best is yet to come ! The lord has great plans for you guys ! You guys looked stunning!!!

  17. The pics are breathtaking! Please Sazan, would you share with us the products used by Lyndsay for this natural bridal makeup? I would love love loooooooove to recreate the look! God bless!

  18. Such a truly beautiful bride! I love that you practically designed your dress yourself, it’s the details like that that make it even more special, I believe. Also, all the food looks so yummy I want to call up my grandmother right now for some dolma! 😉

    Huge congrats!

    xx,
    Noelle

  19. Congratulations! Everything turned out beautiful!
    Where did you get your wedding jewels? I’me getting married in 5 months (in Dallas) and I’d like to have something similar to yours!

    Also, your hubby’s suite is spot on! Did he rent or buy?

    1. I got them all at Nordstrom (and surprisingly they weren’t super expensive at all!) Can’t remember brand info BUT If you walk around nordstrom to the jewelry section – you will see it in one of the cases or maybe online? http://nordstrom.com

  20. I’ve been waiting on pins and needles to see your wedding photos and ahhhhhh….perfection. You look amazing and your hubs is adorable. I’m getting married in June (In Texas, where I live y’all) and seeing your pictures brought a whole other level of excitement. I can’t wait! 🙂

  21. A couple days before your wedding I came across yours and Stevie’s instagram account and just had to follow you guys! Stevie is hilarious in his “DIY” gram posts and its so clear to see your beautiful both inside and out your positive nature just comes through on your instagram! And now you guys are married! Whoop! Congratulations!!! Your wedding pictures are absolutely stunning! I love the alteration you made your dress its totally gorgeous!The pic of you guys standing side by side on the beach and smiling is so adorable, you both look so happy! And what a blessing to have your family pray over you, I wish you both an abundance of blessings, love and happiness in your marriage! Lavinya – x
    http://lavinyaroyes.blogspot.com

    1. I just read this comment out loud to Stevie and he literally told me to tell you thank you for watching his silly videos. haha We appreciate your kindness more than you know. Thank you!!!! <3

  22. Please share a wedding highlight video. I think everyone would love to see it!!!! Congrats!!!! So beautiful!

    1. THANK YOU!! I had to work with what I could and I’m so happy with the way it turned out. :))))))))

  23. Sazan!!!
    You’re the biggest sweetheart for sharing such an intimate part of your life. Your blog is definitely one of my faves and one of the most inspirational ones i’ve come across. Reading your blog for many years now you’ve inspired me to let go of my fears and go after what I love. You truly are an inspiration and keep doing you!

    xoxo,
    Joann

  24. Absolutely beautiful! Love how everything was laid back yet glamours. The fact that you mentioned the cultural differences really resonated with me. Having gone through the same thing myself (I’m eastern-European/Muslim and my husband is a mix of things and raised Catholic) – it is so beautiful to see two families of different cultures and backgrounds coming together for the sake of love. Wish you the very best!

  25. This was absolutely too beautiful for words. Could you please respond to my comment and let me know what songs you guys played at your wedding. I would absolutely love to know. All the best to you guys!

  26. Dear Sazan,
    You both make a beautiful couple, and embody the beauty of two people immensely in love. I am very happy to see how you both are able to find a common place while coming from two different cultures: I have yet to experience this emotion, but both of you have found in each other the one thing that surpasses all boundaries. I wish the very best for you both.
    Also, “Holocene” is a perfect song.

    Best wishes!
    E

  27. Amazing Sazan! You’re a beautiful girl already and look even more so as such a happy bride. You guys look so perfect together. So happy for you. Your wedding photos may be the most gorgeous I’ve ever seen.

    xx

  28. I don’t know if you remember meeting me at Cat Footwear in New York, and I’ve followed your blog since, and you gave me the motivation to make sure I always continue with my blog through thick and thin, and I think that you are an incredibly sweet person, kind hearted, and beautiful in every aspect of the word.

    Congratulations Stevie & Sazan. I wish you the best on your years of marriage.

    Hopefully we bump into each other again.

    My best regards. #StevieandSazan

  29. Bon Iver- Holocene I love that song!!! If you don’t mind me asking, what song did you do your first dance to and what other songs did you play at your wedding. I love hearing about musical choices for weddings.

  30. Oh my god I love you guys! I remember first seeing you two together on a wedding photoshoot and I hoped and prayed that you would get married for real. You guys are so so beautiful together and this is really special to me because you and I come from similar cultures and I have always been attracted to men outside of my race haha much like Stevie. I love the merging of two different people and I thought if Saz can do it so can I haha! And you two complement each other so well, it’s utter perfection. I love yall! May God bless you with this love eternally.

  31. Your wedding pictures are beautiful!
    I love how you embrace your culture!!
    Also there’s something so beautiful about a person who respects a certain culture(like ur hubby does ).
    Your parents should be proud

    Love – a Kurdish girl 🙂

  32. I have been waiting for this post! I checked your instagram everyday. Inshallah god will protect you two love birds! I am happy to see you happy sweet sazan gul <3 Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us, love it. I am proud ,as a kurdisch girl, to see a beautiful smart kurdisch girl as you ×××

  33. Absolutely beautiful all around!!!
    I loved that your families prayed over you!
    are you and Stevie Christians?
    Blessings
    Xoxo
    Rio

  34. Everybody wants to look beautiful on their wedding day, but you honestly looked breathtaking. Hair, make-up, dress.. everything was perfect. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together – you epitomise young, boundless love! Thank you for allowing us to enjoy such a personal event with you xxx

  35. Hey Sazan, I really loved your wedding photos and how it turned out. However, I don’t understand which obstacles you faced seeing as you’re both christian.

  36. You look SO beautiful. I love the simplicity. Wishing you all the best and happiness in this new chapter!

  37. Hi Sazan,
    Like ur blog and you guys look perfect together and very pretty. I wish you lots of happiness and love forever. Xxx

  38. Wow. Stunning photography! Beautiful location! And of course you and Stevey looked stylin!
    Columbus, Ohio

  39. Thank you for sharing these great moments with us your fans,
    I loved your post so much and I was feeling excited while reading,Destiny is a Charechtor..
    I am Arabic by roots but I married from Kurdish Man.
    and I so mych live and respect those who walk against odds when hearts talks and beats..
    God bless you all best to you guys your wedding really so nice.
    “Alf Mabrook..Peroza…Congargulations”

  40. Hello, firstly I want to congratulate you and your wedding was so beautiful! I do have a personal question and you can email me instead, I’m in a similar situation with the cultural/religious differences with my significant other. (I am assuming you are Muslim maybe? I am too) Do you have any advice on how to get through it to get to where you are now? Any advice is appreciated. Thank you 🙂

  41. Sazan!

    Your wedding looked stunning! I am currently in the middle of wedding planning and I am already feeling the nerves kick in! I feel inspired, however, knowing you did it in 5 weeks! You go girl! I love how you incorporate all of your Christian beliefs into your life and your posts! You and your blog are both so inspiring to me! keep up the hard work girl! xoxo

    Marie

  42. Hey Sazan you made a beautiful bride-a beautiful couple in fact!!love the simplicity of the whole day!effortless and beautiful!!total hairspiration too-amaze!Love love love ur snapchats!all the way from ireland!(you should put ireland on ur list of places to visit )
    Wishing you love and laughter and happy ever after x

  43. sazan, you are breath taking inside and out! I love you’re skin color on your weddinh day. Did you tan before or opt for spray tan? I’m middle eastern and love my color when I’m a bit darker but am nervous to spray tan and it fading in splotches during the honey moon. What do you recommend?

  44. I love the fact that you didn’t spend much time to plan the wedding, to me that means it remained authentic and you 🙂 and it shows! You looked drop dead gorgeous and your smile is SO BIG in these photos, that is the best part to see 🙂 I’m so glad you decided to share your special day on here!

  45. I am so happy for you and Stevie. I am actually Kurdish too, and I too fell in love with someone that was not Kurdish. Sadly I had to break it off, I’m sure you understand why. Your story makes me happy and sad at the same time, because I was so close to what you have now. I wish the two of you so much happiness and everlasting love! -N.

  46. Absolutely love u both as a couple u are perfect!!! And love ur simplicistic n embraceful ways! The way u love each other it shines, may u always stay together in the bond of great happinesss?❤️❤️❤️
    P.s
    Sazan u are one of the most beautiful down to earth women ive seen – and gosh stevie is sooo hilarious n charming?great couple? love from London!!! Next time your here i need to meet u x

  47. Hi, I stumbled across this blog and thought it was so beautiful. Congratulations to you on your beautiful wedding. I was just wondering from a cultural point of view are you and your husband of different faiths and if so, how did you overcome this barrier?
    Thanks

  48. I’m getting married in 3 days and you are my inspiration! Hair, make up, accesories… You looked absolutely beautiful! Blessings to you and your husband

  49. Hi!
    I loved watching your wedding make up recreating video!
    Absolutely stunning!
    Congratulations:)
    I am wondering if you could tell me the shade of Stila Eye shadow Lindsay used on you
    I would love to recreate this look for my wedding in April.
    Thanks!!!

  50. Recently stumbled upon your blog and later vlog .. you r so beautiful .. but i wish you should have pulled up your hair on your wedding day, you would look even boom!

  51. Sazan and Stevie,you guys are perfect(actually beyond perfection).Im not being all melodramatic but i almost cried after reading this (happy tears obvvv).You guys are so blessed.A wedding day can’t get more beautiful than this.From the venue to the wedding menu, from your dress to stevie’s perff tuxedo, from dreamy photographs to breathtaking view, everything looked picture-perfect. May God be with you two always and give you the courage to face every obstacle (you are already a really strong woman and I can clearly see how He helped you in every step).
    My prayers are with you guys and I pray that this beautiful bond continue forever.
    Much love,
    Zarwa (your crazy follower from Pakistan.We just love you guys here).
    Xoxo

  52. Where and how did you find this venue? I love it. What is the name of it ? I would love to look into for future bookings.

    xoxo
    Denise

  53. I am looooving all your wedding photos! I am getting married in 2018 and I can’t wait to share and reapply some of the photo ideas! I love the love you both have; it’s so heart warming to see! 🙂

  54. Hi.. i am a newest member of your blog although i have been following you on instagram quite a while back. You wedding story just touched my heart. It is beautiful. May you and steve have all the happiness and blessings of the world. Stay happy. Stay blessed. Love you and congratulations.

  55. I just loved ur story ♥️♥️ Marrying ur bestfriend is one of the amazing thing in live , you’re super cute together .

  56. Hi Sazan!! Your wedding was so beautiful, every detail!! I am getting married in October and love your dress!! If you can tell me what was the name of the style of the BHLDN dress that would be so great! hopefully I can find it i love the style!! Thanks LOVE!!!

  57. Have to ask. Where can I find a necklace like yours? Stunning 😍

    P.S. Getting married in three weeks 🙌

  58. Hi Sazan! Your wedding pictures are absolutely amazing!! and you looked incredible!
    I noticed you didn’t link the photographer you guys used. Could you please give me the information? My wedding pictures were really bad and my husband and I want to do a shoot so we can print some pictures. Please let me know would greatly appreciate it <3

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