Erika and Shayan finally met in 2014 after growing up together without any notice of each other existence in the same area of Montgomery County, Maryland (Gaithersburg and Potomac, respectively—just 20 minutes apart).  

For their first date, Shayan took Erika to the Kennedy Center to watch a broadway production of her favorite movie, The Lion King. They have been best friends since. As an irony with Shayan living in Orlando where he had settled after graduating from law school, and Erika living and working in Washington, D.C. they started their relationship long distance.  

Once their newly born love bloomed it was impossible to halt that beautiful momentum and, it wasn’t long before Shayan realized he wanted to marry Erika— he now just needed to convince her to say ‘yes.’ And so while Erika was planning a vacation in Italy in the spring of 2016, Shayan was planning to propose to her. Shayan hired a Venetian photographer to help capture the moment and popped the question during a gondola ride. 

The sweet couple got married on September 22nd, 2018 at Oxon Hill Manor in Oxon Hill, Maryland during an absolute fairytale of a day. And the grand fete planned by Claire Duran Weddings And Events was a grandiose celebration of their perfect union, years in the making. 

See it all through the lens of yours truly my wonderful team.