After transferring again to Los Angeles following commencement, Eli Nazarian was proven a photograph of Serena Hakim by his mom. “I used to be in awe of her magnificence at first sight,” remembers Eli; nonetheless, since Serena was dwelling in New York Metropolis whereas attending college, he didn’t attain out. A pair years later, Eli realized from a pal – who can also be Serena’s cousin – that Serena was transferring to LA for regulation faculty. “I didn’t hesitate. I requested her out on a date the primary week she moved again,” affirms Eli.
“On our first date, I keep in mind trying into Eli’s eyes for a second. He had such form eyes, and I intuitively felt at residence with him,” shares Serena. Two years later, Eli deliberate a proposal on the similar resort property the place their first date befell. The day earlier than Valentine’s Day, Eli led Serena to an exquisite suite embellished with roses. He obtained down on one knee and requested his beloved to marry him. “It was a really significant and emotional second full of a lot love,” reminisces the bride.
When planning their wedding, the pair determined to host a big destination wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico, for almost 500 friends. “Essentially the most surprising factor about planning a marriage was how a lot went into each second – from flowers to mapping out the timeline of occasions, to managing the sound and lighting,” explains the bride. Desirous to design a fun-filled weekend for everybody touring close to and much, Eli and Serena ensured no element was ignored – from the welcome soirée at a 150-year-old house in downtown San José del Cabo, to a full of life pool occasion the next day, and naturally, the marriage.
Moved by its pure and considerable vitality, Eli and Serena chosen a 12-acre botanical cactus backyard to host their alfresco ceremony and reception. “There was a really feel of peace, serenity, and being related to our roots,” shares the bride of how she felt upon their first go to to the venue. “Timber have all the time been a relaxing drive for me. Our ceremony highlighted these lovely pure creations and was based mostly on the theme of nature and life. It had a mystical angelic really feel to it,” she provides.
Serena was a imaginative and prescient in an off-the-shoulder lace robe, which she discovered whereas visiting Paris with a pal. “The gown symbolized class, love, and kindness to me,” the bride muses. She wore her hair in a chic updo and carried a bouquet of creamy peonies and backyard roses as she made her manner down the aisle to fulfill her husband-to-be. Family members had been seated within the spherical to witness the Jewish ceremony, which befell beneath a grand chuppah comprised of recent greenery and eccentric ivory blooms amidst the palm timber all through the desert seaside setting.