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Yasmin & Jason Taban

August 16, 2020. Beverly Hills, CA


An Intimate Iranian Jewish Wedding in Beverly Hills, California

Yasmin and Jason Taban first met at the beginning of high school. Even though there was a definite spark between them (they grew to be close friends and secretly had crushes on each other), they eventually fell out of touch and didn’t think twice about the lost friendship. It wasn’t until nearly a decade later that the two were reunited when Jason approached Yasmin at the Jewish High Holiday services.

“I did not think much of it, other than a friend from high school reaching out,” Yasmin recalls. “However, after a month of chatting, I realized there were romantic feelings at play. I loved Jason’s confidence and he loved my smile and dancing abilities. Fast-forward to our proposal. It happened one week after the mandatory shut down in Los Angeles. His family decorated his house and backyard into a magical wonderland. He took me on a picnic, and I thought, ‘Well if it is going to happen, it should happen now.’ Needless to say, it did not happen on the picnic. However, as soon as I walked into the door of his house and saw how beautifully it was decorated, I realized ‘Oh sh** it is happening now.’ It was intimate and sentimental and beautiful.”

With the mandatory shutdowns and COVID-19 restrictions, the couple’s wedding planning experience was far from the norm. Not knowing where to start, they decided to take things “one day at a time” and make the best out of a difficult situation. The wedding date was initially set for October, but the ever-changing news about the pandemic made Yasmin and Jason feel uneasy about planning a wedding too far in advance. After a quick discussion, the couple decided to tie the knot in August – a mere two weeks after that very talk.

“I give a lot of credit to our two families and party planner because we had ten business days to pull off this magical wedding,” Yasmin says. “The wedding was a labor of love. It would not have happened without the labor and without the love of the people around us. A typical Iranian Jewish wedding has about 800 guests; however, due to COVID-19, we were able to pull off 100 guests. Jason and I never thought of what our ideal wedding would be like, but in hindsight, we got so lucky. We were surrounded by our closest people to celebrate our love. What more could we want?”

Rather than postponing their honeymoon, the newlyweds set out for an adventure that wasn’t what they originally expected for a honeymoon trip – and yet, it turned out to be even more incredible than they could have imagined.

“We traveled to Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming and saw so many unbelievable National Parks,” describes Yasmin. “The wonders of the world are often overlooked, and we both felt so grateful to experience them.”
 

Event Design & Production: Aliana Events Los Angeles, CA; Rentals: Revelry Event Designers Los Angeles, CA; Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier; Cinematography: Maksud Sharipov;

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>An Intimate Iranian Jewish Wedding in Beverly Hills, California

August 16, 2020. Beverly Hills, CA

“The wedding was a labor of love.”