From the groom: It’s late 2011 and everything in my life is about to change. I drove cross-country to make a new life in California, starting a new job a few days after arriving. That’s where I met her. It took quite a while for me to muster the courage, but eventually I asked Kimia if she would like to have dinner at a Burmese restaurant I found. She is an amazing artist, that’s what drew me to her, so we sat there and discussed art and life for a little, then went our separate ways. One day, she asked if I wanted to go with her to drop off some paintings north of San Francisco. This became a routine of ours, each trip more enjoyable and exciting than the last. We became closer and closer over the course of several months, eventually realizing we had become inseparable. It’s hard for me to remember life before her, it’s also hard to believe how wonderful everything has worked out. In 2015 I asked Kimia to marry me.When it came to choosing where to get married, we decided to have an intimate ceremony in the beautiful San Francisco City Hall. She found a gorgeous dress with personality at a vintage shop in Los Gatos, and I found the (very) particular grey suit I was envisioning at a tailor in San Francisco called Indochino. The ribbon is my grandmothers’ ribbon which all the girls and daughter in laws in the family have had around their bouquets.With family members at our side, and our fantastic photographer capturing the moment, we started the rest of our lives together in that special place. We recently purchased our first home after a long search. As we were exploring the neighborhood, we realized it’s just a few blocks from the restaurant we had our first dinner.