Our Real Life Bride: Gabriella Nourafchan

Our Real Life Bride: Gabriella Nourafchan

Our DH Bride, Gabriella Nourafchan, got married this past September wearing our Jessa gown. Gabriella looked stunning while she married her husband, Alex Ismaj, at Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, CA. 

Gabriella and Alex met at a fundraiser in Los Angeles four years ago. Alex’s first cousin, Josh, introduced the two and they immediately hit it off. The couple “dated for a few months but the timing wasn’t right” and then “ reconnected last summer and have been together ever since!”. Alex is from San Diego, California, and is Mexican-Jewish and Gabriella was raised in a Persian- Jewish household. 

When choosing a wedding location, Gabriella knew she wanted the wedding to be entirely outdoors. Hotel Bel Air was a perfect setting for the rustic and elegant vibe that Gabriella had always dreamt of. The ceremony was held at Swan Lake which is a beautiful lake located on Hotel Bel Air’s property. The reception was held on the front lawn and was constructed using a mix of twinkle and globe lights. The chuppah consisted of a mixture of pastel-colored field flowers which made the wedding feel truly magical. 

Gabriella purchased her Jessa gown at LOHO Bride in Los Angeles. When starting her wedding dress search, Gabriella knew she wanted to wear an aline gown. Many of the dresses she tried on did not fit exactly how she had hoped, but when Gabriella tried on Jessa, it was game over. Gabriella specifically loved the Jessa gown because of the  “interplay of the leather flowers with the lace and tulle.” She states that she “had never seen anything like it! I loved how unique and different it was, and yet also traditional and bridal. It was the perfect mix of funky and classic. The dress was also so comfortable.” Dana also worked with Gabriella to create the custom veil of Gabriella’s dreams. 

Congratulations to Gabriella and Alex! Discover Gabriella’s wedding photos below: 


Bride and Groom: Gabriella Nourafchan (Instagram: @gubrella) and Alex Ismaj (Instagram: @alex.ismaj)

Make Up: Thierry Pourtoy (Instagram: @thierrypourtoy)

Hair: Laurent Saint-Cricq (Instagram: @laurentsaintcricq)

Venue: Hotel Bel Air (Instagram: @hotelbelair)

Planner: Becker and the Co. (Instagram: @beckerandtheco)

Florals: The Empty Vase (Instagram: @theemptyvase)

Photographer: Amy and Stuart (Instagram: @amyandstuart)

Video: Vidicam Productions (Instagram: @vidicamproductions)

Rentals: Palace Party Rentals (Instagram: @palacepartyrental)