Hailey & Pouria

September 3, 2017 | Bar Harbor Club

Hailey and Pouria met in ninth grade biology class and started dating in 2008 as sophomores in high school in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. As their relationship grew, their parents also became close friends. “The bond
our families have formed is truly what has guided our love,” says Hailey. When Pouria proposed on a weekend getaway 
to the Biltmore in Asheville, North Carolina, he secretly arranged for the couple’s families to be there to celebrate with them. For their wedding weekend, 250 guests traveled from across the country and around the world to Bar Harbor, where Hailey’s family has a home. The festivities included 
a cruise along the coastline, a welcome bar crawl, a hike up Gorham Mountain in Acadia, and a lobster bake rehearsal dinner at the Asticou Inn. “We put a lot of thought into how we could create a whole weekend experience for our guests in the hope that by the time the wedding night rolled around, everyone would become good friends,” says Hailey.

The wedding ceremony and reception incorporated traditions from Pouria’s Persian heritage, including a dance where flower petals and fake money are thrown at the bride and groom. Rain meant the ceremony had to be under a tent on the patio of the Bar Harbor Club instead of on the lawn, but the couple liked the way the subtle sounds of raindrops made the ceremony feel more intimate, and at the reception, “it kept everyone on the dance floor all night, which is exactly what we wanted,” says Pouria.


LOCATION: Hailey’s family’s long connection to Maine includes childhood summers at Wohelo and Timanous camps
 on Sebago Lake and, more recently, visits to their home in Bar Harbor. Pouria’s first trip to Maine was for Christmas in 2008, when Hailey thought the two feet of snow might scare him away, “but he fell in love with it too,” she says. “We both immediately knew this was where we wanted to get married.”

ACCESSORIES: The earrings Hailey wore belonged to Pouria’s late maternal grandmother, who Hailey never had the chance to meet. Continuing the Maine theme, Pouria ordered sterling silver lobster cufflinks for him and his groomsmen to wear.

MUSIC: The couple originally planned to have a live band for the reception, but since they wanted to include Persian music— “which is impossible not to dance to,” says Pouria—they decided on a Persian DJ. DJ Taba, who travels worldwide for shows with the internet radio station Radio Javan, had everyone on their feet.

Lottie-Da Designs


Bridesmaids’ Dresses:

Celebration Cakes by Janice Strout

Catering & Venue:
Bar Harbor Club

Centerpieces & Flowers:
Seasons Downeast Designs

Groom’s attire:
J. Crew

Groomsmens’ attire:
The Black Tux

Day-of Coordinators:
Brigid Amendo, Landfall Designs

Emily Margiotti, Bar Harbor Club

Tiffany & Co.

Brooks Brothers


Rubin Brothers Diamonds

Bridals by Lori

Hair & Makeup:
Amy’s Salon & Spa

Joya beauty

DJ Taba

Emilie, Inc.

Brigid Amendo, Landfall Designs

Wallace Events

Royal Design of Buckhead

Foglio Press