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We have finally posted our wedding photos!

Sorry for the long delay in getting this all together, but as you can imagine we had only just returned from our honeymoon when we found ourselves in the middle of Christmas.

Thanks to everyone for your good vibes and generosity during our special day on November 11th. We had an amazing time. It was truly a wonderful evening that we will always remember. Please click on this picture to see all the photos. enjoy!

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carribean view

I’ve posted 4 galleries containing our honeymoon pictures, which you can access directly by clicking on the photo thumbnail at right. We took about 575 photos, so it took a little while to edit them.

For those of you anxious to see wedding pictures, Sanaz and I just received them from the photographer on Monday. Once we’ve gone through them together we’ll post some of the digital pics online and maybe scan a few of the prints too, probably the weekend.

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Costa Rica redefines the adage of man versus nature. The elements seem to greatly favour the triumph of vegetation, and human intervention must be undertaken with much resolve and dedication. Fenceposts, for example, are staked as segmented tree trunks, but quickly turn back into trees.The roads here are the most… textured I have witnessed to date. They appear as though assaulted by an ongoing series of highly localized meteor showers. Some roads are defined more by the absence of vegetation than the presence of asphalt. Curving and winding through this highly mountenous region at inclines impractical (and illegal) in snowy countries, two lanes often merge into one, making passing vehicles a challenge, as if the roads weren´t challenging enough on their own.The edges of most roads, when paved, resemble a pie crust. There is no curb or sidewalk, and people walk and bike on the road as well, vehicles swerving politely around them. A common cycling style involves placing one hand on the handlebars, while the other holds up an umbrella. The effect of water on the roads is visible. In effect, they are quickly eroaded.

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sunrise in Curú

Today was our most eventful day to date. We awoke at five thirty a.m. in the Refugio Nacional Silvestre Curú, in our own private cabina overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya. Curú is a wildlife preserve in the Southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, itself located in the nothwest part of Coasta Rica.

After a brief survey of the beach, we sat to watch the sunrise. The vista was dotted with small islands and our beach curved outwards to form uniquely shaped peninsulas on either side. At a distance, we could observe the hazy mountenous ridges of the coast from which we came. We had arrived the day before via Paquera, via Jaco, which we left by bus to Puntaneras to take a ferry across the gulf. In Paquera, we me Luís Scutt, of Curú travel – a small service he runs out of his livingroom/office/porch. Luís organizes day trips to the Park followed by snorkeling at Isla Tortuga (Turtle Island) — all for $25/person + $5 for the snorkeling gear.

We opted to stay overnight inside the park (an even more affordable option) and set out in the morning for Tortuga, as sunset was only two hours away by 3:30pm. Instead of paying a taxi driver, we paid Luís to chauffeur us, since we were cutting into his profits by not taking the full package. We crossed the bridge from Luís’ his porch, over the small bog which fed the fruit-bearing Carambola (aka starfruit) tree at the side of the house, to his new white European-made compact pick-up.

Thirty minutes later, we passed throught the gate of the refuge. The 4×4 was soon flanked by lethargic cattle of the bony, humpbacked, off-white variety. Moments later, we’d sight teeny tiny deer grazing in the meadows created by passed deforestation, as well as our first white-nosed coatis. The coati, a member of the raccoon family, have an upturned snout which they use to forrage the forrest floor, short, yet agile legs and an extemely long, faintly ringed tail which sticks straight up in the air when it is looking for food. Equally agile on the ground as in the trees, the coati has adapted marvelously.

After a few minutes, the transport stopped completely, and Luís directed us to look by the side of the road, which was garrissoned by small orange and blue crabs which were quick to dart back into their sand burrows at the slightest gesture on our part.

The park administration belied its name, consisting of a collection of farm equipment at all stages of thier lifecycle, and a group of shacks: some on stilts, some on concrete slab, one on the dirt directly, and all wood-pannelled. Luís bid us farewell and we were shown to our cabina, which is where our story began, but much would happen still before we would sleep in it. Continue reading ‘the Refugio Nacional Silvestre Curú’

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a view from the plane

We’ve landed in Costa Rica. It is really beautiful here. The clouds form almost at ground level. It is the tail end of the rain season. Everything is in bloom. The bananas and plantain are not ripe, but oranges, papayas and coconuts abound.

Although the country is small, the roads wind and go up and down, so time between cities is a little longer than anticipated. We got a cab from the airport to the gringo town of Jaco, which was a two hour drive at a reasonable price. The driver was very nice. We stopped at a bridge to peer over its side and see corocodiles lying in the river bed, while water buffalo grazed nearby (if I were a water buffalo, I would’ve kept a greater distance, but these buffalo looked good at their jobs).

I’m totally shocked to see what we might consider houseplants growing in the street. bushes consist of exotic wildflowers and ferns. Where, along our streets, there would be trees, here there are cactii. I imagine it makes it more difficult to lock your bicycle.

Our hotel is on the beach, which is too dark to see right now. I’am real excited. about tomorrow.

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Husband & Wife



Thank you so much to everyone that made it out to our marriage celebration. We are off tomorrow morning for Costa Rica and will have photos to share with you of our wedding and honeymoon then.

Much love,

Sanaz & Andrew

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For those of you coming in a day early or staying a day later, I would recommend, if you are even one tenth as passionate about art as I am, that you check out the TIAF this weekend.

Here is a link to their website:

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Andrew's ring

We went to take a look at our rings on Monday. Caspian Jewelery, part of the Yonge & Steeles Iranian Network is designing producing rings to our specifications. I’ve gone with a simple, yet unique 6mm wide band made of solid platinum. The side edge is thick and square to its flat, top surface, sand blasted to a matte surface, and the interior is polished and curves to meet the side.

Andrew's ring - 3/4 viewI must admit that when I tried it on I was taken aback by the sheer weight of this foreign object on my hand. I was sure that the simplicity of my design and the demonstrated craftsmanship would guarantee me a ring I would be happy with, and I wasn’t disappointed.
On the other hand (no pun intended), Sanaz’s jewelery did not turn out exactly as expected. Although a beautiful ring in its own right, it wasn’t right for her and not well paired with her engagement ring. Fortunately, the jeweler, being of amicable disposition, agreed to redo the ring.
We also decided at the shop to have our wedding date inscribed on the inside of the rings, and they should both be ready by the end of next week.

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Toronto Hotels


We’ve had quite a few inquiries from individuals looking for a place to stay in Toronto. In an effort to make it as easy as possible for you to come and visit us, we’re posting some information here.

I’d like to first recommend this portal as a pretty good resource for hotel listings. The link provided will get you to a page searching Toronto for the night of Nov 11, 1 room for two adults, in Canadian Currency.

the Clarion Hotel, at $80-85/night, $13/day parking, seems like a good option. It is located at Sherbourne and Bloor, easily accessible from the Don Valley Parkway. Here is a link to a map that shows the location in relation to the Vaughn Estate. We know that some people have already chosen the Clarion, so you won’t be alone there.

The Grand Hotel and Suites at $169
and the
Crown Plaza Don Valley at aprox $195
1250 Eglinton Ave. East Toronto, ON M3C 1J3
Phone: (416) 449-4111 Fax:(416) 449-5898
have also been recommended.

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General update


A lot is going on and if I took the time to formulate an individual blog post for each topic, the wedding itself would be in jeopary. So here is a brief account of our happy time preparing for the arrival all our family and friends, or at least those able to attend the reception.

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The Persian Aghd, which is the legal ceremony of the Iranian wedding, is a beautiful and joyful event celebrated with lots of music, laughter, food and love. For Moslem weddings, the Aghd is a legal contract between the man and the woman and extends many rights to the woman that are not common in other legal marriage contracts. Because of the diverse background of the people of Iran, not all Persian weddings are Moslem, and therefore depend on the chosen faith of the couple. Regardless of the faith, the Sofreh Aghd is usually present during a Persian wedding ceremony. These days, with lots of bicultural weddings, this cultural ritual is a beautiful and elegant way to celebrate a union.

During this ceremony, a spread or sofreh is prepared for the bride and groom. Like other ancient Persian traditions such as the Haft Sin sofreh during Noruz, this event has roots in the pagan Zoroastrian faith and does not relate to the Moslem religion. The Zoroastrian faith is based on the four elements of nature: earth, fire, water, and wind, and still has a strong influence on Persian celebrations.

the wedding spread
Continue reading ‘Sofreh Aghd – The Wedding Spread’

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Andrew and I met in art school seven years ago when a mutual friend introduced us. Although we did not have many classes together, we still found a lot of time to hang out. The first event we organized together was a student demonstration called “Access 2000.” We mobilized over half the student population in a staged walkout and march towards Queen’s Park, all the while trumpeting and dancing.

Joint projects have always brought us closer together and this latest event is no different.

Andrew is an artist-designer who has been fascinated with fractals and data visualization. He has made numerous paintings and photographs in addition to his exceptional life drawings.

I have been working on photographic projects that varry from the highly abstract to pure documentary. Most currently I have been consumed with putting together an ongoing series that depicts contemporary life in Iran. To see my artworks, you can visit (Andrew designed the site!).

Sanaz and Andrew in Toronto

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Just a quick note to mention that, although the return card only mentions options for fish and chicken, there is a vegetarian option also available. At the time of printing we were not sure if we were going to be able to facilitate this option or not, as we hadn’t met with the caterers yet.

If you are interested in a vegetarian meal, please indicate so on the card or send us an email.

A more detailed description of the evening’s menu will soon follow.

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suitfittingatspiros006-thum.jpgI am relieved, after much duress, to have finally found a tailor that is suitable. I guess that makes me suit-able.

I’ve always had difficulty buying formal wear. Long arms and a thin neck have made shirts a tough find.

My search began at Harry Rosen, conveniently located next to my gym at Bay & Bloor. There was nothing on the floor in my colour of choice, but, looking at fabric samples, a suave 3-button Armani suit could be ordered for about $2500 in a very nice, very dark brown. Taking into consideration the brand premium and lack of a third piece in the suit equation, the search went on.

Continue reading ‘The great brown suit adventure’

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the invitations, the press, the ink
I went to Imaging Excellence, our printer of repute last night to approve the invitations. It’s a good thing I did, as it seemed someone had not mixed the ink properly! The brown was not a true Pantone 1545U, it was a whole two shades lighter than it should have been. We remixed the ink and all is now good. Looking at the invites now, and Sanaz having expressed some concern, the green seems pehaps too lime. Maybe I should have chosen a different shade. It doesn’t make a huge difference on the invites themselves, but the Thank You card, which was printed now, in advance, is mostly green and perhaps more strikingly so than anticipated.

Maybe we’ll send a pair of sunglasses in advance of the cards to shield your eyes.

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This is the blog of Andrew Mallis, a Toronto-born, San Francisco-based polymedia artist. I work in new(er) media with code, photography and electronics, and in traditional media by writing, drawing & painting.