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Boston brought them together, but a rosy wedding and reception at Hotel Crescent Court sealed the deal for James Rothermel and his bride, Nilou Touba.  

Nilou stunned in a strapless Ines Di Santo gown, while Jimmy looked dapper in a tuxedo from Stanley Korshak.

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Nilou Touba added a touch of sparkle to her bridal look with silver Jimmy Choo heels.

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The bride and groom combined Persian and American traditions to represent their heritages and create a wedding that was uniquely their own.

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Hotel Crescent Court was transformed with shades of ladylike blush, accents of gold and centerpieces from Bella Flora of Dallas.

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A simple four-tier white cake from the pastry chef at Hotel Crescent Court with cascading florals that mimicked the reception’s centerpieces.

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A chance meeting at a marketing conference in Atlanta brought Houston-based Nilou Touba and James “Jimmy” Rothermel of Boston together. Jimmy was a speaker at the event, relating his experience on a trip to Brazil to observe the inspirational service of Operation Smile, which provides life-changing surgeries to children with facial deformities. Nilou was quite taken with Jimmy’s heart-warming talk and mentioned it to her boss, who insisted on introducing them. The matchmaking was successful, and both eventually relocated to Dallas. Jimmy proposed to Nilou on a weekend trip to Miami, with a photographer standing by to capture the moment and her parents there to celebrate with them.

As her family is from Iran, Nilou envisioned a wedding that would incorporate both Persian and traditional American customs. She tapped wedding planner Kristin Mullen to coordinate the details. “She was wonderful,” said Nilou. “I don’t know what we would have done without her.”

September 26, 2015, in the Hotel Crescent Court courtyard under an arch of exquisite white flowers and a crystal chandelier, Nilou and Jimmy exchanged vows, after which they were seated before their guests for a Persian ceremony, produced by Sofreh Aghd Yas 0 Termeh. A lace veil was held over them by Nilou’s mother, aunt and a dear woman friend, who took turns grinding a bit of sugar cane onto the fabric, signifying their good wishes. On the table were elements representing marital blessings: a mirror for brightness; candelabras for energy; an egg, almonds and hazelnuts for fertility; pomegranates, herbs and spices; coins; and more, each with special meaning. Near the end of readings by the officiant, the couple fed each other honey, symbolic of a life of sweetness together. Even the bride’s beloved Yorkie was included in the service, carried down the aisle by the bride’s mother.

A buffet followed in the hotel ballroom along with a band that kept the dance floor packed, with contemporary tunes and the extra touch of some traditional
Persian music.

The couple traveled to a private resort in Fiji for their honeymoon.

Ceremony & Reception Hotel Crescent Court
Wedding Planner Events by Kristin
Bridal Gown Ines Di Santo, Bridal Salon at Bergdorf Goodman
Bride’s Shoes Jimmy Choo 
Bride’s Hair & Makeup Beauty & The Blush Artistry 
Engagement Ring Diamond Treasures 
Bridal Jewelry Bracelet: Eiseman Jewels; earrings: Diamond Treasures 
Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bill Levkoff, LuLu’s Bridal 
Suits Stanley Korshak 
Florals Bella Flora of Dallas
Lighting Absolute Lighting 
Videographer Splendor Films