Their story…Arash and Dana have her uncle, Don Ruzicka, to thank for playing matchmaker and setting them up on a blind date that would lead to love-at-first-sight. Arash is CEO of Amini’s Home, Rugs & Game Room in Chesterfield, so Don, who works at Amini’s in Tulsa suggested Arash phone his St. Louis niece. “It’s funny how they say ‘you’ll know when you know,’” Arash says. “But that’s exactly what happened. She’s beautiful inside and out—she loves family, and especially children. She puts a smile on my face every day.”

    In July 2009, they traveled together to Napa Valley, and with a private tasting arranged at Tamber Bey Winery, his plan was to propose afterward in the winery’s private gardens. Instead, Dana wanted to visit the owner’s champion Arabian stallions, so Arash had to improvise. He invited her to sit on a wooden swing that overlooked the Napa River. “Then he got down on one knee and gave me the most beautiful ring,” Dana remembers. “It was so romantic.”

    The couple married at the exclusive L’Auberge Del Mar resort, north of San Diego, and with more than 100 guests, “it was truly a happy day,” Arash recalls. “My bride was even more beautiful than I could have imagined, and the love and spirit of friendship felt so amazing.”   

    The newlyweds honeymooned in Europe, with stops in London, Paris, Nice, Barcelona and Madrid. Skiing in the French Alps was among the bride’s favorite experiences there, while the groom especially enjoyed Arsenal and Barcelona home soccer matches.