Ida & Mark

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“Newport was a no-brainer. It’s where we met, fell in love and choose to raise our family.”

Ida Zohrabian & Mark Aramli on July 10, 2016

Originally published in the July 2017 issue of Newport Life Magazine.

It sounds like a Hallmark movie, serendipitous, sappy and every girl’s dream romantic encounter. Add a dramatic reality TV twist and you have the love story of Mr. and Mrs. Aramli. It was Memorial Day 2013 when the Manhasset, New York native Ida and her law school friends were vacationing in Newport. They decided to head to @ The Deck for dinner and music overlooking Newport Harbor when suddenly a group of men walked by. Mark immediately walked over and asked for her name. Within a year they were engaged. Mark, a University of Connecticut grad, entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” celebrity, had his first engineering role at United Technologies building space suits for NASA. He applied his knowledge of climactic comfort to everyday living and invented the BedJet. Although the investor “sharks” didn’t buy in, Mark scored big with Mattress Firm and with Ida too. He engineered a surprise engagement using the Fourth of July and his birthday weekend as the perfect cover, inviting their friends and family to a small party at @ The Deck. He hired a photographer, arranged his proposal song with the DJ and ordered champagne for everyone to toast. – LC

Dramatic Twist

“The weather was not ideal that morning, a bride’s worst nightmare. We had planned the most dreamy ceremony and the rain was about to ruin it. But Mark tracked the storms with radar every 15 minutes.” Thirty minutes before the outdoor ceremony, “Mark demanded the chairs be moved on to the lawn” and he was right. It didn’t rain until the photographs were complete and then it poured!

Decadent Design

Opulence was in every detail from Ida’s captivating Oscar de la Renta gown to the couple’s Christian Louboutin shoes; hers, crystal embellished “Follies Strass” pumps, his, less embellished loafers but red bottomed none-the-less. The design palate was composed of white, ivory and blush, complementary to the aesthetic integrity of their venue. The florals followed suit, featuring an array of hydrangea, roses, orchids and peonies.

Scrumptious Details

Cigars and ice luge bars with effervescent flutes of prosecco and martinis accompanied the lavish menu featuring oysters on the half, lobster rangoons, mini lamb chops, a Tuscan table with an assortment of gourmet pastas, land & sea entree selections, wedding cake, all topped off with flambe doughnut holes.

Where are they now?

After honeymooning in California, Hong Kong and Thailand, the newlyweds returned to their residence in Newport, which is also the BedJet corporate headquarters where they work together.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Rosecliff

Caterer and Cake: Russell Morin Catering and Events

Bridal Gown and Flower Girl Dresses: Wedding Salon of Manhasset, NY

Bride’s Shoes: Barneys / Christian Louboutin

Groom’s Tuxedo: Calvin Klein

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Flowers: The Secret Garden

Ceremony Music: The Woodvale String Quartet

Photographer: Sage Studios Photography

Wedding Night Stay: Hotel Viking

Cigar Bar: Boston Cigar Factory

Ice Sculptures: Art in Ice

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