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Letter from the Publisher Dear friends, We are happy to present the 23rd issue of Aroos Magazine for Fall 2012. We had a very busy summer, with lots of lovely weddings and events throughout Southern California. Now Aroos Magazine’s team is gearing up for our biggest-ever wedding show at the Hyatt Century Plaza in Los Angeles on May 5, 2013. Please save the date! As you may have noticed, over the past few months we have changed our website, adding lots of blog updates, information lists, and options for vendors and visitors; this would have been impossible without the support of Metro Digital printing company, which has always worked with us to print the magazine as well. We currently are working on a full app for mobile devices and tablets, and hope to be able to release it before the new year. Please like us on Facebook on our official page (just search for Aroos Magazine) — you’ll receive lots of updates from us and our vendors, as well as special deals and news. Love, Navid Soheilian Publisher

Publisher: Navid Soheilian • Navid@AroosMagazine.com Editor and Graphic Designer: Candice Yacono Printed by Metro Digital • Metro-Digital.com AROOS MAGAZINE • P.O. Box 3453 Mission Viejo, CA 92690 310.753.9622 • Info@AroosMagazine.com www.aroosmagazine.com • Circulation: 10,000 All rights reserved by AROOS. No part of this magazine may be reproduced without written permission. The articles and advertisements appearing in AROOS Magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AROOS, the editors, or other columnists. All topics and subjects discussed, including any legal or medical articles, are not for the purpose of answering specific legal or other problems. Readers are strongly advised to independently research all issues and/or seek professional advice. Acceptance of advertising by AROOS Magazine does not constitute endorsement of products or services advertised. The content of ads is not confirmed by AROOS, and each advertiser is responsible for the content of their ad; no representations are made by AROOS. AROOS reserves the right to refuse any advertising and articles. AROOS Magazine is a promotional distribution, and its sale and unauthorized use are prohibited under any circumstances.

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Letter from the Editor Dear Readers, Happy autumn! Here we are at Aroos Magazine issue 23 — how time flies! So much has happened this year that we don’t quite know where to begin. The most important news for you is that the largest, most luxurious wedding show we’ve ever planned is scheduled for May 5, 2013 at the Hyatt Century Plaza. Navid is hard at work meeting with the region’s top wedding service and product providers, and is planning another immersive experience in which you will feel like a A-list celebrity as you make your way through the available options, view runway shows of the latest bridal couture, and enjoy all of the live entertainment, socializing and sweets that you have come to expect at our shows. Our new website is online, and it’s a beauty — chock full of information on venues, service providers and the like, but also frequently updated with wedding reports, color stories and all of your favorite sections from the magazine itself. iPad readers will rejoice to know that management is busy creating a new custom-built app, so you can read and delve into the magazine on your tablet device; mobile phone users will see an update in the near future as well. Catch you online — have you Liked us yet? Best, Candice Yacono Editor

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Publisher’s Letter News

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The Art of Color

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Color Story

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Wedding Report

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Cover Model for a Day

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Designer Showcase

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Venue Report

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A Sweet Surprise

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A Wine Country Interlude

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Fifty Shades of Fun

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Wedding Report

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Law and Religions

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Directory: Orange County and San Diego Directory: Los Angeles

All the latest news about Aroos and weddings. Mirabella Beauty launches new bridal cosmetics. Warm fall hues and cool blues. Nahal Delpassand & Michael Moossy. Show a new side of yourself with Jim Kennedy. Joanne Tran & Shawn Kraatz. Candee by Sandee turns confections into art.

Anahita & Farshid Nikbakht. La Dolce Idea brings the sweet Roaring Twenties to life. The Hyatt Regency Irvine holds wedding planner luncheon. Gown designer Melissa Sweet releases budget collection. Historic hotel in Napa reopens to critical acclaim. Check out a luminous new wedding décor option. Nazgol Zandipour & Kaveh Azartash. Why the Two Sometimes Can’t Get Along

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Learn Floral Design the Preston Bailey Way Can’t get enough wedding florals? Top event designer Preston Bailey has launched innovative new floral design courses, where students can learn online or on a college campus. The courses offer continuing education credits and a career path for all levels of florists and event planners. Students can enroll at WeddingPlanningInstitute.com.

Britons are becoming crazy for cheese wedding “cakes.” A far cry from the sweet and soft cheesecakes that are popular in America, these “cheese cakes” actually are wheels of cheese stacked so as to look like the more traditional wedding cake, then decorated with flowers and other embellishments. They are very cost effective per serving, compared to normal cakes. Info: finecheese.co.uk. Fall 2012 •

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A New “Cheese” Cake


Aroos News Your Lucky Day? Thousands of couples are seeking to “get lucky” in Las Vegas this December by scheduling a wedding on 12/12/12. Dom Perignon has partnered with Back Bar USA and Caesar’s Palace to create a special Dom Perignon Vintage Package, where for $3,750, a couple can celebrate in a once-in-a-lifetime way. (Or consider their $1,212,120 wedding option.) Info: 121212weddingslasvegas.com.

Accolades for Pelican Hill Condé Nast Traveler readers have ranked The Resort at Pelican Hill as Southern California’s Top Resort in the luxury travel magazine’s globally respected survey.

Content and image courtesy Pelican Hill.

Published annually in the November issue, the 2012 Readers’ Choice Awards feature regional rankings, in which Pelican Hill earned a score of 96.1 to top the Southern California resorts list. For more information on the luxury resort, including its wedding options, visit pelicanhill.com.

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Professional cosmetics brand Mirabella Beauty debuts bridal collection featuring five custom palettes based on the most popular wedding day looks Professional-grade cosmetic brand Mirabella Beauty launched their new Mirabella Bride color cosmetic collection with a swanky brunch and runway show at the London in West Hollywood. Following an appetizing brunch at the property’s onsite Gordon Ramsay 16 i

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restaurant, Mirabella partnered with gown designer Renée Strauss to pair each of its bridal collection’s five signature makeup sets — Daydreamer, Sentimental, The Sophisticate, City Chic, and Brazen Beauty — with dresses that complemented them. The five looks were created based on

the five styles most frequently requested by brides for their wedding days. The ability to purchase the sets at retail from certified Mirabella Bride Consultation Salons will allow brides either to apply their own makeup or to take along the full set of cosmetics applied by their professional makeup stylist, in order to

All photography in this article provided by Mirabella.

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retouch throughout the wedding day (and beyond). Each kit contains instructions on how to create the kit’s featured look. The Daydreamer kit, for the true romantic, features shades of rose, gold and bronze and includes a blush duo, fourcolor eye palette, lip color, sheer lipstick, lip gloss, eye definer and lip definer. The Sentimental kit is perfect for the “modern vintage” bride, as it is inspired by Old Hollywood with liquid eyeliner and red lips. It includes a blush duo, four-color eye palette, two lip colors, a lip gloss, a cult favorite Magic Marker eyeliner and lip definer. Mirabella is known for their mineralbased, high-pigment, contemporary shades that utilize high-quality ingredients. The cosmetics’ packaging is equally clean and chic. For the Sophisticate, glamour is the order of the day, emphasized by a killer smoky eye. This kit includes a blush duo, four-color eye palette, two lip colors, a lip gloss, eye definer and lip definer. City Chic is for the minimalist bride, Fall 2012 •

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Aroos Feature with balanced neutrals that won’t detract from her sophisticated gown. It contains a blush duo, four-color palette, two sheer lipsticks, a lip gloss, eye definer and lip definer. Brazen Beauty is for the nonconformist bride who seeks high-impact color. This kit contains a blush duo, four-color palette, lip color, sheer lip color, lip gloss, eye definer and lip definer. Each kit retails for $150 at mirabellabeauty.com, or is available at select salons. For more information and a list of consulting salons, visit mirabellabeauty. com.

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A Color Story: Fall Foliage We begin this issue’s color story with the classic shades of autumn: warm reds and oranges, accompanied by shades of yellow and hints of green. Think sunflowers, coffee berries. ranunculous, flaming calla lilies and unexpected touches.

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A Color Story: Aqua Shimmer If you don’t want summer to end yet, carry it over with ocean-inspired shades of unexpected blues and greens. From bridesmaid dresses to stunning succulent and floral options to petit fours, the sky’s the limit for sky blue.

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A Color Story: Victorian Vintage As a counterpoint to all of the warm tones of fall, consider a touch of lavender or royal purple. The shade, a perennial favorite, evokes Downton Abbey-era sentiment, and is perfect for those seeking to avoid today’s flashy trends.

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Wedding Report Nahal Delpassand & Michael Moossy September 1, 2012 The Resort at Pelican Hill

The color scheme and florals: Bold pink and lilac, with white lilacs. The gown: Romona Keveza, from Joan Pillow Bridal Salon in Houston, TX. The belt: Oscar de la Renta, with Swarovski crystals. Shoes: Jimmy Choo. The hair and makeup: Leah Harris from Houston, TX. The bridesmaids: Nine bridesmaids wore long, soft pink chiffon dresses with Swarovski belt details, designed by Jovani. The groom: Tuxedo by Isaia. The groomsmen: Suits by Vera Wang. The coordinator: Chelsea Navran, Details Details. The invitations: By Charlene from Avalon Stationary, Houston, TX. The event designer: White Lilac. The catering: Pelican Hill. The cake: By the executive pastry chef at Pelican Hill. The entertainment: Dj Allan, Kamran & Hooman, and Bijan Mortezavi. The honeymoon: Greece and Turkey next summer. The photography and videography: Navid Studio. The rings: Custom designed by Prospect Fine Jewelers in La Jolla. The favors: The bride’s family gave out silver bells engraved with the couple’s names and wedding date. The officiants: Mr. Sassan Kamali, Mr. Hossein Madjid and Mr. Abdul Ali Bozargan. The sofreh designer: Fakhereh Maleki.

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Cover Model for a Day Aroos Magazine: What made you interested in boudoir? Jim Kennedy: I did my first boudoir session about 7 years ago. I had a bride ask me to take some sexy photos of her. At that time I really hadn’t done any shoots like that. But the bride felt real comfortable with me and so I said yes. It was a lot of fun doing the shoot. And my bride really loved the results. She wanted to do it as a gift for her soon to be husband. After that shoot I thought this could be

something that could really take off. So I reached out to a couple more of my brides to see if they would be interested and it just grew from there. How I started calling them for his eyes only session was one of my brides wanted to out on her album “ For Heath’s Eyes Only”. Which was her soon to be husband. That’s where the idea of calling the shoots for his eyes only shoots started. AM: What are some reasons that women have boudoir sessions done?

JK: The main reason for doing the boudoir sessions in the beginning was brides using these images as gifts to their man on the wedding day. But after doing a handful of brides I saw that not only brides to be but also a women who where already married was using these shoots as anniversary,holiday and bday gifts. Once my brides started spreading the word with all their friends how much fun they had doing the shoot it brought it many of their friends wanting the same experience. Some of my clients just do it for themselves. Fall 2012 •

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All photography in this article by Jim Kennedy and used with permission.

Aroos offers an exclusive interview with top wedding photographer Jim Kennedy, who also offers women the opportunity to try out a boudoir photography session.


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They might not have that special someone in their life. But really feel good about themselves and decided why not do a shoot just for me. Which I think is the case in most of my shoots. The women are doing the shots fro themselves as well as their partner. I think most women love the idea of playing model for the day. AM: How do you stand out from the competition? JK: I think my studio stands out from the competition for a few reasons. I really want to make this a great experience for the women. I want to deliver them tasteful images that they will really cherish forever. I also have a beautiful 4500 sq ft studio set up for shooting boudoir sessions. I have various sets built. Ranging from a vintage bedroom, an old school dive bar, modern furniture to old vintage furniture to work with. I even have a classic 1955 Pink & White Ford Convertible in the studio. The options are endless. So in a short period of time I can deliver an amazing variety images which will make for a beautiful album. AM: Is boudoir for everyone? Are there varying levels of modesty that youcan work with? JK: I think boudoir is for everyone. Every woman that comes in here is beautiful for the day. It’s the confidence in them that makes them beautiful. The fact that they said I can do that is the first step. Then it’s my job to make them feel beautiful and give them an amazing experience. I think that really is the main reason for the success of my for his eyes only sessions. It’s the fact that the women leave here having had a very comfortable experience. Most women do come in nervous. But after about 5 or 10 minutes the really relax and see that it’s a lot of fun. Which at the end of the shoot is so important to me. Making sure they where comfortable doing the shoot and then that turns into great referrals. 34 i

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Wedding Report Joanne Tran & Shawn Kraatz Villa San Michelle, Laguna Beach

The florist: Fantasy Floral Designs by Amanda Heer. The gown: Jenny Lee. The shoes: Martinez Valero. The hair and makeup: Flawless Faces. The bridesmaids’ dresses: Jenny Yoo. The groom’s suit: Hugo Boss. The coordinator: Fleur de Lis Events. The cake: The Confectionist. The DJ: DJ Tempoe, Ryan Girgis. The photographer: Vis Photography. The videographer: White Rose Productions. Photography provided by: Vis Photography.

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Designer Showcase Sweet stations, whether candy buffets, dessert tables or a combination of both, are growing in popularity. They are the perfect complement to every social gathering. Savvy couples are shifting away from weddings being about themselves, to weddings being all about creating a memorable experience for their guests. Sweet stations are not only a fun socializing spot at your wedding and add to the overall decor, but when done right, they can be as much of a statement piece as any other aspect of the reception, even the wedding cake. Candee by Sandee’s signature sweet stations are designed with many factors in mind, such as the couple’s personalities, unique style, wedding color scheme, event décor, taste and budget. Guests are always appreciative of a tasty favor they pick themselves. The inspiration to this sweet station was described by the bride, Cat, as “Modern Vintage Glam Fiesta”. With a color scheme of hot pink and orange, the table was designed to be situated beneath a beautiful, modern chandelier in the couple’s private estate. Dessert choices included tasty bites with a “fiesta flare”, such as mini churros, Mexican hot chocolate brownie bites with Ancho chile frosting, as well as strawberry-jalapeno cotton candy balls. Special touches included mini doughnuts “con leche” and the groom, Kurtis’ favorite carrot cake pops, which the couple fed to each other in lieu of a traditional wedding cake. Sweet station styling, décor, floral: Sandee Creager, Candee by Sandee Dessert & Candy: Just A Bite Cake Pops, Itty Bitty Sweets, Tasty Clouds Cotton Candy Company, Dough A Deer and Candee by Sandee. Linens: Fusion Linens

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Wedding Report Anahita & Farshid Nikbakht August 26, 2012 Terranea Resort, Palos Verdes

The florals: White organic florals by Shirvan Design. The gown: Winnie Couture, Beverly Hills. The shoes: Jimmy Choo. The makeup: Pauline Calanoc. The hair: Hugh Ragan. The suit: Dolce & Gabbana, Saks Fifth Ave. The coordinator: Events by Shideh. The invitations: Invitation by Ferial. The lighting: Sky Light. The catering: Terranea. The cake: Cake Diva. The entertainment: DJ Taraneh. The honeymoon: St. Lucia. The photography and videography: Navid Studio. The rings: Tiffany & Co. The favors: Wine stoppers. The officiant: Shahrzad Ardalan. The sofreh designer: Zahra Maleki.

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Designer Showcase Sabrina Cadini of La Dolce Idea Weddings and Soirees created this delectable Roaring Twenties dessert table, “The Sweeteasy,” based on the speakeasies of the day. “A vintage style and a palette with gold, black and white were accented with details that were typical of that era: feathers and pearls. The focal point was a five-tier square cake decorated with gold fans and a feather at the top. Around the cake, irresistible sweets were symmetrical displayed: French macarons with gold leaf, cake pops dressed with organza and pearls, meringues, and chocolate-dipped madeleines. Candy varieties included anise gummi bears, rock candy, pearlized Jordan almonds, violet mints, caramel taffy, malt chocolate balls, and jelly Champagne bubbles. For stationery, La Dolce Idea designed the tags and the poster board with the sleek, clean lines and geometric shapes that were typical of that period. The names of all sweets were inspired by famous people of the decade (Brooks Almonds, Chaplin Rock Candy, Chanel Cake Pops, etc.).A black satin linen featuring an opulent rose pattern texture and a tall ivory centerpiece completed the look.” Dessert Table styling (Vessels & Stands; Décor elements; Descriptive tags; Candy): Sabrina Cadini, La Dolce Idea Weddings and Soirees, LaDolceIdea.us Flowers/Linens: Laura Paglia, Sweet Ribbon Events, SweetRibbonEvents.com Bakery: Bernadette and Eric Goldstein, Bouchée, BoucheeGourmet.com

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Hyatt Regency Irvine

The Hyatt Regency Irvine held a special luncheon for the area’s top wedding coordinators to highlight what’s new and exciting at their property. Caroline Bosak, the hotel’s Catering Manager, shared the details with Aroos. The property has a new Executive Chef, Richard Slusarz, as well as a brand new wedding menu, which requires all weddings to utilize a wedding coordinator. As part of their new “Food Thoughtfully Sourced, Carefully Served” philosophy, all Hyatt properties around the world are leading the industry by focusing on sourcing sustainable and responsible food and beverage, including in their restaurants, in-room dining, banquet services and associate dining options. The philosophy is grounded in three pillars: healthy people, a healthy planet and healthy communities. “We are embarking on the journey to become the first global hospitality company to make a commitment of this magnitude, as this philosophy will guide Hyatt’s food and beverage planning from the operational level to the guest experience. With this long-term strategy, we will work to anticipate and satisfy the evolving preferences of our guests, ensuring that travelers have more options to fit their lifestyles while staying in Hyatt hotels around the world, as well as ensuring our associates’ health and wellness is always top of mind.” In addition, those who hold their wedding or commitment ceremony at Hyatt will earn free honeymoon nights at any Hyatt property worldwide, from resort properties to those in city centers in 45 countries. Those who book and hold their event at a participating Hyatt hotel by Dec. 31, 2014 will earn Hyatt Gold PassportTM bonus points redeemable for free nights with no blackout dates at Hyatt hotels or resorts worldwide. Information: (949) 225-6641 or irvine.hyatt.com Fall 2012 •

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A Sweet Surprise

Legendary bridal designer, Melissa Sweet is unveiling her Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal Collection this month exclusively in David’s Bridal stores nationwide, in Canada and online. The inaugural collection of Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal is comprised of seven poetic gowns that combine a softly modern aesthetic with classic dressmaking details. The collection – which showcases Melissa Sweet’s coveted ethereal, romantic and vintage design style – is now available at an attainable price point with gowns between $950 and $1,400. The collection is inspired by a bride who is romantic in spirit and has a keen appreciation of heirloom accents that are delivered with an updated fashion sensibility. The bride has a passion for vintage pieces and wears them in an incredibly stylish and modern way. The collection will be available in sizes 0-14 in select stores and online. Additionally, sizes 16-26 will be available for special order in stores. More information can be found at www.davidsbridal.com.

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A Wine Country Interlude The historic White House Inn & Spa is newly reopened, delighting Napa vacationers with the ultimate in personal service among chic and luxurious surroundings. The White House Inn & Spa is located within walking distance of Napa’s Main Street, although guests may not want to leave the premises with its lush gardens, jetted spa tubs, sparkling pool and spa, and on-site spa treatments. The White House Inn & Spa, 60 i

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located at 443 Brown Street in Napa, Calif., is not your grandmother’s B&B. The historic Victorian mansion, built in 1886, features 17 luxurious guest rooms and suites that have been updated with modern furnishings, in-room fireplaces, private baths, spa tubs, complimentary WiFi, fine linens, plush robes, flat-screen TVs, and iPod docks. Guests can enjoy the pool and spa or enjoy a glass of wine on the deck, and the private,

landscaped grounds. Fresh cuisine delights guests at the Inn in the morning with a complimentary hot breakfast, and in the evening with a wine and cheese social. The staff at the Inn is happy to host guests ranging from travelers seeking a singlenight Napa getaway to couples planning an intimate wedding, honeymoon or anniversary. For inquiries, guests can call 707-254-9301 or visit www. whitehouseinnnapa.com.


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Fifty Shades of Fun Photography provided by di Potter.

For a fun new personalized decor option (and favor or placecard idea), look no further than these adorable wine and champagne glass shades. For a unique way to illuminate your wedding or special event, look no further than the fun and festive range of di Potter paper table products. We’re especially excited about the Event Table, di Potter’s latest collection of customizable wine and champagne shades, which offers an unexpected touch of personalization at a bargain price. Simply select a design and, if desired, add a custom detail like a monogram or 64 i

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even your event meal’s menu. Each kit will arrive with six easy-to-assemble translucent shades; after they’re put together, they simply slip on top of a standard wine or champagne glass (available for a song at stores like IKEA). Then add in a battery-operated tea light “candle,” which has no flame, and the shades will glow from within. The champagne and wine shades are a perfect favor option, or consider them for

“placecards” or table numbers. Matching chargers and candle bands from di Potter also are available, to make the look even more pulled together. The company was founded by Diahann Potter, a world traveler and interior decorator who launched it in 2009 and began selling shades in 2011. All di Potter products are made in the United States of America. For information, vsiit dipotter.com.


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Wedding Report Nazgol Zandipour & Kaveh Azartash August 24, 2012 Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa

The color scheme: White and peach. The florals: Design by Panteha. The gown: Pronovias from The White Dress, Corona del Mar. The shoes: Enzo Angiolini, Nordstrom. The makeup and hair: Homa, Shadow Hair Salon. The suit: Hugo Boss, Saks Fifth Ave. The coordinator: Khatereh Horr, Balboa Bay Events. The invitations: Designed by the bride. The lighting and rentals: Persiano. The catering: Mr. Rahbar. The cake: Queen’s Bakery. The entertainment: DJ Mohsen, 90210 Entertainment. The honeymoon: Puerto Vallerta in November and Europe next summer. The photography and videography: Navid Studio. The rings: Michael Alan Jewelers. The favors: Designed and made by the bride. The sofreh: By Mahi.

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Law and Religion: Why The Two Sometimes Can’t Get Along By Aroos guest columnist and attorney Christopher K. Jafari However, the prosecuting attorney There’s an abundance of reasons local Texas family violence shelter and argued that the raid was to uncover why so many of us are proud to live stated that her 50 year old husband evidence of a crime, not to malign a in the United States. Just one of them was abusing and raping her at a pomay be the First Amendment right of lygamist religious sect compound in religion. Texas. “Freedom of Religion”. According to the law books, the defining line between religion and law Such a right is enjoyed by millions of is just as Thomas Jefferson defines citizens in the United States who come it- they should not interfere with one from various religious backgrounds. another. Looking back at our American history books, we can thank U.S. President Thomas Jefferson for his belief in “building a wall of separation between church and state”, or in other wordsgovernment and religion should not interfere with each other’s affairs. However, history tends to repeat itself in an ongoing mess of controversial events where religion and law cross each other’s paths.

Moments later, law enforcement officials stormed into the compound The recent police raid on a sect com- where 416 children, many of which pound in the state of Texas has stirred were girls, were placed under state quite a bit of commotion between law custody for suspicion of being physiofficials and defenders of religious cally and sexually abused. freedom. Lawyers for the polygamist sect argued that their clients had the right to For those of you who may not have their faith and privacy, backing their read or heard about the news, a young 16 year old girl made a phone call to a argument with the United States constitution of freedom of religion. 74 i

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Meaning, any religious practice is OK, as long as it’s not a criminal act such as physical or sexual abuse. With this in mind, the reason for the raid on the sect compound is justified. However, what’s rather interesting is that the 16 year old girl who sparked the reason for the raid has so far not been identified. Such a notion may make one wonder, is the sect hiding something from the law enforcement officials? Or could a hypothesis arise in that the law enforcement officials fabricated a sort of false excuse to initiate the raid? Whatever may be the case, this event is just another clear example of why sometimes the law and religion can’t get along.


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