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We’re so proud that the wedding of Nouran and Adam caught the attention of Carats ad Cake.  It was a lovely day for this sweet couple. So much detail and dedication by every vendor made the day perfect. We’d like to thank an all-star team for their help in planning such a beautiful wedding. Visit the post and see more images from this gorgeous wedding.

Venue: Scripps College | Photography: Bryce Covey Photography | Ceremony & Reception Music: Mousa Nasri | Dessert Station: Simply Layered | Florist: White Lilac | Catering: Persia Inc | Beauty: Lou Lou Hair | Video: Friske Film | Lighting: Excellent Entertainment | Rentals: Badia Design | Vintage Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals | Rentals: Signature Party Rentals | Specialty Drinks: The Cappuccino Connection | Special Entertainment: Persian Calligraphy

A Shabby Chic Vintage Rose Wedding


This rustic wedding, as featured on Maharani Weddings, was the perfect mix of romantic and shabby chic. The wedding ceremony was held at the breathtaking Jain Center of Southern California and was full of deep reds, golds and white.  The Orange County Vintage Rose was the perfect reception venue for this couple’s style and we cannot get enough of the stunning photos captured by Nicoletta Daskalakis Photography.  The mix of the deep colors and Indian design with the vintage venue made this wedding so uniquely beautiful.  From the gorgeous floral decor designed by Kumba Entertainment to the turquoise mason jars, this wedding was nothing short of rustic glam!











Planning & Design: Wedding Elegance by Nahid
Hair & Makeup: Nicoletta Daskalakis Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist
Photography: Nicoletta Daskalakis Photography
Ceremony Venue: The Jain Center of Southern California
Reception Venue: The Vintage Rose
Cinematography: Digital Eye Studio
Floral & Decor: Kumba Entertainment
Catering: Jay Bharat
DJs & Entertainment: Indisax

Unusual honeymoon destinations


The experience of being a newlywed is always an exciting one for couples, especially in the first few weeks right after the wedding but before the structure and habits of daily life set in. The honeymoon period is usually spent away from home, often at an exotic destination. For many couples, however, the usual exotic locales in the Caribbean, Mexico or Hawaii have been set aside and newer, more unusual destinations have moved to the top of the list.




Top unusual honeymoon destinations





For a little slice of Europe in North America, newlyweds could purchase Disney tickets or visit Williamsburg in Virginia. Or they could explore a bit of the French Alps just across the Canadian border.  The province of Quebec in Eastern Canada offers plenty of beautiful countryside and powdery ski slopes. Montreal is the quintessential Old World city with beautiful architecture, luxurious casinos and plenty of French-speaking locals.




If a chilly honeymoon destination is to taste, Finland may be an excellent and unusual direction to go. Filled with natural beauty, picturesque lakes and unspoiled wilderness, Finland also offers plenty of history and culture (the Olavinlinna Castle is located in the lake area). Turku is a lovely city located west of Helsinki and Rauma is noteworthy for being constructed of wood, the largest such town among the Nordic countries. For the truly unusual, couples can choose to stay in an igloo hotel, sleeping on beds made from ice and bedding of reindeer pelts and fur, all with the Northern Lights dancing above.




Intriguing, breath-taking India has a variety of locales and activities to offer eager honeymooners. Climbing enthusiasts will find the Himalayas cool and inviting, while romantics will enjoy Rakasthan and, of course, Agra, home of the Taj Mahal. From the busy and crowded Mumbai to the peace and grandeur (and tigers!) of Rajanpur, India has it all. Late fall is also a good time to visit India; the days are hot but bearable and the monsoon season has ended.




Combining nature and culture, Oman guarantees a sunny honeymoon, even during the winter months. This jewel of the Arabian Peninsula has rugged mountains, miles of desert and sand dunes, crystal blue waters and pristine coastal beaches.  The capital of Muscat offers plenty of city life and culture, from fascinating museums and exotic architecture to adrenalin-rich water sports and even guided safaris. Sail on a dhow, one of Oman’s traditional boats, in the company of dolphins or watch giant sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs under the moonlight.




Exotic and fascinating, Vietnam has increased in popularity as a honeymoon destination because it has the beautiful weather and stretches of beaches carpeted with warm, soft sand, all without the touristy feel and attractions of similar exotic locales. Here are coral reefs ready to be explored, ancient cities and relics of bygone empires; and plenty of jungles to trek through and wildlife to see. Even large cities such as Hanoi and Saigon have avoided the tourist influx so far and offer serious shopping and streets begging to be strolled.




The Tena’im: Jewish Engagement

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Before The Jewish Wedding


“Tena’im” is the actual Yiddish name for an engagement.In the culture, it carries a great deal of weight, and even more so than the American culture. It binds you in the realm of a legal Jewish status. There is a signing that takes place at what the Jewish people refer to as “the groom’s table”. The reading of the “Tena’im” is given either by a dear friend of the groom’s or a Rabbi.

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Te’naim is a contract between the parents of the bride and groom.

It reverts back to the third century C.E.; It is predominantly done through the orthodox custom.


Eirusin refers to the ring being given. In essence, the bride cannot wed anyone else.


Kiddushin means the ring is now accepted.


Nissuin refers to the couple sharing a home together.




  tenaim party

 It ends with a festive party with the bride, groom, and their parents, as they celebrate the wonders of this new chapter. More often than less, it is kept private with direct family.

The Jewish Wedding: Centuries of Tradition

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In a Jewish wedding, many traditions take place, which have been implemented for centuries, since biblical times. One in particular, is a well known custom in their ceremonies.


After the official signing of husband and wife, also known as the “ketuba”, the bride and groom follow their fathers and the rabbi into a separate room, referred to as the “bride’s chamber”. This is for the veiling of the bride, also known as “badekan”.


This tradition reverts back to many centuries ago, in the bible, when the apostle, Jacob, who put all his effort to marry Rachel, was left to discover that her father just so happened to do a switch on them, and offered up Leah, his other blind daughter to be his wife.


So, this of course breaks the American tradition of avoiding to see the bride before the ceremony. The Jewish people beg to differ, and many might agree, that centuries of tradition, would justify their desire to be sure ,that in fact, that their bride-to-be is not the sister, or the neighbor, for that matter.

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