Susan and Cameron had the most amazing persian elopement in Boulder, CO. We hiked to a cabin in the woods were they set up a Sofreh. A Sofreh is a very elaborate floor spread set up for Aghd, including several kinds of food and decorations.
ayné va shamdoon (mirror and candlesticks)
Is the most important and most iconic part of the sofré. The mirror and candlesticks will become a part of the couple’s home as a memento of their wedding ceremony, and must therefore be chosen wisely and with the personality of the couple in mind. The mirror symbolizes eternity and the candlesticks reference Zoroastrianism, in which light and fire play an extremely important part. In this context, the fire and light represent the brightness of the future and eternal passion. The mirror and candlesticks are situated in front of the bride and groom during the aghd, with the mirror facing the couple and away from the audience. After the bride sits on the stool beside the groom, she lifts her veil, and the groom sees her for the first time in the mirror.
As the bride and groom are seated before the guests, a canopy is held above their heads by several unmarried women, traditionally family members.
As the ceremony is taking place, married members of the family take turns grinding two sugar cones together so that the sugar granules fall into the canopy, symbolically showering the couple in sweetness.
Once the Aghd is performed and rings are exchanged, the couple dips their small finger into a bowl of honey and put it into each others mouth.
Enjoy this unique Boulder Elopement!