Local Love: Andrea & Danesh

JUNE 10, 2017
This Lexington couple brought their celebration to Cincinnati, hosting a stunning party at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

Andrea Omidy and Danesh Mazloomdoost first met at her brother’s graduation party in Lexington, and the couple went on their first date to an arcade bar at midnight, right after the party was over. (Danesh is secretly convinced Andrea’s mother set them up from the start, but her mom swears it’s not true.) They hit it off and spent a lot of time together that weekend before Andrea had to return to Boston, where she was finishing up grad school. The couple dated long-distance, but they couldn’t stay apart for long—Andrea moved to Lexington to be with Danesh.

About a year into their relationship (and after Andrea had dropped a few not-so-subtle hints), Danesh proposed in a Parisian hotel room overlooking the Eiffel Tower (it doesn’t get more romantic than that). They were engaged for almost three years because they couldn’t decide what kind of wedding to have and, most importantly, where it would be.

Neither Andrea nor Danesh has ever lived in Cincinnati, but the two were blown away by a visit to the Contemporary Arts Center. They decided the modern art museum would be the perfect spot for their big day. They’re both foodies, so naturally there were Latin, Korean, and Persian dinner stations as well as Gold Star coneys and doughnuts as a midnight send-off. Photography was important to the couple; they even changed their wedding date so they could fit into photographer Jonathan Gibson’s schedule because they were crazy about his work. Gibson created an engagement video of photos and interviews with the bride and groom, and the couple and their 150 guests watched it together in the Black Box theater at the CAC. Andrea says this offered their guests a window into their relationship; it was a vulnerable and beautiful experience shared with family and friends.

A focal point of the wedding was an art piece Andrea created and installed at the CAC—a modern representation of the ancient Persian wedding ceremony symbolizing the blending of two cultures and the importance of carrying forward their cultural heritage in a modern world. “Some people loved it and others thought it was interesting,” Andrea says, “but that’s art.”

The night would not have been complete without the retro PAC-MAN arcade game the couple rented, a reminder of where their love story began.

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

The modern architecture at the Contemporary Arts Center set the stage for a unique wedding celebration with pops of color (including spring-like flowers and delicious doughnuts), artistic details, and food from all around the world.

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography

Photograph by Jonathan Gibson Photography


Venue: Contemporary Arts CenterWedding Planner/Day-of Coordinator: Marty Karp | Flowers: Fassler FloristCatering: Vonderhaar’s CateringCake and doughnuts: Tres Belle CakesConeys: Gold Star Chili | Gown Designer: Badgley Mischka (white) and Monique Lhuillier (pink), Bridal and Formal | Invitations/Favors: Designed by the bride, printed by Vistaprint | Bride’s Makeup: Rachel LisaBride’s Hair: Bridal Hair by Liz | Officiant: Darius Alemozafar (groom’s uncle)| Music/DJ: DJ Nav | Videography: By Design Films

 

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