We are very excited to feature Ishtar and Lawrence's fairytale wedding. One glance at the beautiful photos of the newlyweds left us wanting more! So we spoke with Memorable Moments Event Planning and they shared all the details of this picture perfect wedding.
Ishtar Issa & Lawrence Mansour met in 2009 through their involvement in many humanitarian organizations to aid Assyrian Christians in Iraq. Upon their meeting, Ishtar and Lawrence knew they would spend the rest of their lives together, but the two put a hold on marriage in order to finish Law School. Christmas Eve of 2014, Ishtar was in her room when she overheard one of her favorite songs, John Legend’s “All of me” glaring from the backyard. She ran downstairs, opened the curtains to find a winter wonderland with “will you marry me” labeled in big Christmas lights. A long aisle way awaited her with past memories of the 6 years they had shared and at the end of the aisle was her prince charming waiting to seal the rest of their lives together with a special engagement ring!
Ishtar & Lawrence’s wedding day was just as beautiful as their love story. The bride looked flawless in her Lovella Bridal YSA Makino dress with Stephen Yearick overskirt. Her hair and makeup were done by the talented Tamanna Roashan from Dress Your Face with a Maria Elena headpiece to finish off her look. The ceremony took place at the St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
As the couple exited after the ceremony, they were accompanied by their friends and family who greeted them with pink confetti toss.
Following after, the reception was held at the Hilton Hotel in Glendale. The venue was breathtaking with gold and pink accents from the help of M Couture, Rafi's Pastry and CMC Party Rentals. The evening was very eventful with a lot of traditional money being tossed in the air for the lovely Mr. & Mrs Mansour. The couple's favorite singer of all time, Ashur Betsargis, performed at the reception making the night very special. Mr. Betsargis is a famous Assyrian composer and singer and became famous in the Assyrian communities worldwide for his nationalistic songs in the 1970’s. The cake cutting was done towards the end of the night when the bride changed to her second dress. The cake was rolled on to the dance floor and was cut right after the traditional sword dance, in which the couple needs to retrieve a sword from the dancers in exchange for money.
Ishtar and Lawrence's wedding was a memorable night filled with a lot of traditions, beautiful designs and most importantly love! Thanks to all of the talented vendors for bringing the couple's vision to life and capturing every moment!
Venue: Hilton Hotel in Glendale
Rentals: CMC Party Rentals
Catering: Sit Catering and Rentals
Flowers: M Couture
Photography and Video: Rene Zadori Photography
Entertainment: Ashur Betsargis
Limousine: United Limo and Charter
Cake: Rafi's Pastry and Cakes
Dress: Ysa Makino, Lovella Bridal
Hair and Makeup: Dress Your Face
Congratulations Ishtar and Lawrence on your special day and thank you Memorable Moments Event Planning and Rene Zadori Photography for sharing this beautiful couple's story, wedding details, and photos.