Photography by
Chrisman Studios

Zareen Siddiq & Jonathan Emami

October 5, 2013 in San Francisco, California

Zareen Siddiq met Jonny Emami at a concert at the Oakland Coliseum when they were both teenagers. Out of the thousands of people at the Googosh show (a famous Iranian singer), Jonny set his sights on Zareen and introduced himself to her as the concert let out.

“It was really crazy that he came up and talked to me because we both had our eyes on one another the entire night,” Zareen says. “We were both very interested in each other.”

Since they were so young when they met, it took a while for the couple to make it to the altar. It was on their 12 year anniversary that Jonny proposed by re-enacting their first date. Luckily, choosing a wedding venue didn’t take nearly as long. 

“We really fell in love with the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco,” Zareen says. “It is very grand and luxurious. The terrace courtyard was perfect for our ceremony because we wanted something outdoor. The ambience at the Ritz is amazing!”

For the wedding, the couple wanted a classic, romantic look that still felt sophisticated. Zareen chose a color palette of soft pinks, beige, white and gold. This was also incorporated into their Sofreh, a traditional Persian wedding spread of food and decorations. 

“Our Sofreh was a very special part of our wedding,” Zareen says. “Every single item on the table represented something very important in our life. Our officiant spoke so beautifully and explained all of these details throughout the ceremony.”

The weather—always a gamble in San Francisco—couldn’t have been more lovely, with 79 degree temperatures warming their ceremony on the Ritz Carlton terrace. 

Both the bride and groom say the ceremony was the highlight of their wedding day. They are extremely close to their families, and they were touched that so many traveled so far to be there for their wedding. 

When Zareen walked into the ceremony, she remembers feeling so happy to see all of her friends and family looking so beautiful, smiling back at her. Their ceremony included a well-known Afghan Rubab (an instrument similar to a lute) player and Persian poetry, “which made it so much more emotional and touching.”

After cocktail hour on the terrace, the party moved inside to the Ritz ballroom. The walls were draped in white cloth for romantic effect and mirrored tables reflected centerpieces of crystal candelabras and stunning floral arrangements. 

Following the excitement of the wedding, Zareen and Jonny delayed their honeymoon until summer 2014, when they went to St. Tropez for sun and sand.

When asked what she loves most about Jonny, Zareen says, “I am always amazed at the amount of love he gives me. He constantly reminds me that he loves, respects and adores me. It is amazing!”

Jonny had similar words of love for his new bride: “I love that Zareen is always there for me when I need her love and support.”

>Written By: Allyson Reedy

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco San Francisco, CA; Event Planner: Kat Minassi Events & Design Los Angeles, CA; Floral and Event Design, Linen, Rentals and Lighting: White Lilac Inc. Costa Mesa, CA; Stationery: William Arthur;
Wedding Dress and Veil: Vera Wang; Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo; Groom’s Tuxedo and Shoes: Barneys New York;