We met our freshman year in high school after Hailey got seated next to me because she was talking too much in biology class. We had a lot of mutual friends, and started hanging out more and more and began dating sophomore year. I came to Maine with Hailey’s family for the first time during Christmas in 2008! Since then, I’ve been coming every year! We went to rival colleges in Georgia (I went to Georgia Tech and Hailey went to UGA) but we made it a priority to see each other as much as possible. After college, I accepted a job in Houston and we were long distance for over a year. I then decided I wanted to move back home to Atlanta where Hailey was working at the time. Three months later (in August 2016), we bought our first home together in our favorite neighborhood of Atlanta and then got engaged at The Biltmore in Asheville, NC. Even after 9 years together it was a complete surprise to Hailey. Especially, when both of our families secretly showed up to celebrate on what she thought was going to be a quiet weekend getaway. 🙂

We’ve been together for almost 10 years now, and we knew Bar Harbor was the place to get married. Hailey has a love for Maine (and dachshunds) that cannot be described. The nice part about starting to date so young is that our parents have become such great friends (we weren’t old enough to drive when we started dating). My parents were introduced to Maine and fell in love with it too. Now our parents will plan trips to Maine without us! Hailey and her family have also embraced my family’s Persian culture so amazingly and we are excited to incorporate some Persian elements to our wedding. We are so grateful that our two families have become so close!

photography: Emilie and Lindsay, emilie inc. photography | venue, caterer: Bar Harbor Club, Bar Harbor, Maine | planner: Brigid Amendo, Landfall Designs | flowers: Season’s Downeast | ceremony musicians: Encore! | dj: DJ Taba | cake: Celebration Cakes | videography: Josh Swan, Media Northeast | make-up: Joya Beauty | hair: Amy’s Salon and Spa | tent: Wallace Events | lighting: The Event Light Pros | groom: J Crew | guys: TheBlackTux | maids: BHLDN | invitations: Foglio Press, Atlanta

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