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FAL-WIN 2015

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2 4 Fa l l | Wi n t e r B R I D E 2 0 1 5 The Wedding of Parisa Danesh & Chris Clarke Fleur-de-lis Fête May 24, 2014 Parisa and Chris, who met as high school students in Paducah, were together for nine years before Chris decided to propose. He told Parisa they were going to Indianapolis to visit her friends for the weekend. When they got there he took her to the airport instead, for a fight to one of their favorite places — New Orleans. Chris led Parisa to the French Quarter, where he persuaded her to have a caricature of themselves drawn. "So the caricature artist proceeds to do our caricature and starts telling us this story," Parisa says. "He says he has a couple coming at 1, and the proposal was going to be through the caricature. Then he said, 'I know it's not you guys because their fight lands at 11.' And it was 1 o'clock. So I kind of caught on — he was basically telling me my engagement story." The caricature artist drew the couple while Chris got down on one knee. Parisa's a big fan of the TV show "Say Yes to the Dress," so she decided to make the trip to New York City to buy her dress at Kleinfeld Bridal, the shop where the show is set. She actually got to meet her dress' designer, who added custom feurs-de-lis. To honor Parisa's Iranian heritage, the couple had a Persian ceremony at the Galt House after their frst ceremony at Whitehall. During the reception, a live band and an Iranian DJ swapped turns playing music, bringing together both the couple's love of music and their cultures. Parisa remembers having a dance-of in her wedding dress and champagne bottles being passed around the dance foor. "It was a day that was 11 years in the making," she says. "It was perfect. It was a dream wedding." Special touches: • Beginning with her grandmother's gold butterfy brooch, Parisa made her own bouquet of brooches that all of the important women in her life had given to her. • The couple hired caricature artists to do portraits of guests at their reception as a nod to their engagement story. • Instead of a guest book, guests signed a large wood feur-de-lis. The couple picked the design because of its association with Louisville and New Orleans. It now hangs in their living room.

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