A few years after meeting in passing—which 32-year-old Jasmin Dao doesn’t remember!—Rod
Mortazavi finally asked his future wife out when the med school students were on the same rotation at a hospital in Long Beach. The couple then moved to San Francisco. One of their first Bay Area dates, Sausalito’s Point Bonita lighthouse, later served as the site of their proposal. Ocean lover Rod and modern design fan Jasmin settled on San Diego’s Scripps Seaside Forum in La Jolla for their 175-guest wedding, since it perfectly suited both of their sensibilities.
“Even though we wanted a neutral palette, we included pops of plum, burgundy, and purple flowers to give a more wintery feel,” says Jasmin.
The couple held a Vietnamese tea ceremony the day before and their wedding included a traditional aofreyeh aghd—a Persian spread with herbs, spices, rose water, a mirror, and two candelabras, each with special meaning.
“We picked our venue because we felt it represented our styles: Rod, an ocean lover with a relaxed nature, and me, someone who loves modern design and clean lines,” Jasmin says. “I also wanted a wedding near the ocean, but not actually on the beach.”
Their Talented Team:
Coordination, Day Of: Diana, At Your Side Planning
Photography: Chaz Cruz
Ceremony and Reception: Scripps Seaside Forum
Florals: Diana, Whimsey Florals
Catering: Giuseppe’s Restaurants & Fine Catering
Musician : Bruce Battleson, Battleson Entertainment
Cake: Sugar and Scribe
Hair and Makeup: Blush and Adore
Rentals: Platinum Rentals
Officiant: Kia Mortazavi, family