When you play for the NFL, you can pretty much have any kind of wedding you like. Which is exactly what Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden and his long-time girlfriend, Sarah Mahmoodshahi, got when they married at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach this summer. We asked the resort’s wedding planners for some inside info on the over-the-top details.
Stationery: The invitations were printed on mirrors, embellished with satin ribbons and rhinestones. Guests received replicas of Joe’s player’s card, which not only guided them to their assigned tables at the reception, but were also used as identification (no gate crashers at this shindig).
Ceremony: The couple had two ceremonies—one Christian, one Persian (Sarah’s family comes from Iran). Golden gates with their monogram were flanked by rose-colored pillars, and a 12-piece orchestra provided the music.
Food and drink: Cocktail tables were decorated with feather boas, martinis came in a cotton-candy flavor, and the traditional Persian Sofreh Aghg, or wedding spread, received an extreme makeover. Three different menus were created, and for the dessert display, gold cabinets with mirrored insets were lavished with pastries and candy. The cake—12-feet high—was covered with over 5,000 roses.
Decor: A 19,000-square foot white carpet covered the reception floor, white and blush flowers with gold accents filled the vases, towering candelabrum topped the tables, hand-sewn pillows bore rhinestone words in Farsi and English, and a Chanel-inspired wall panel backdropped the band.
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