Young Iranians are disrupting the matchmaking equation.
They want to marry somebody they love, but they also want to obey their parents and the rules of Islam.
Mohammad Kamand is preparing a young man for marriage at Tebyan, a government-approved website where arranged unions are strongly favoured over love matches. Profile pictures are forbidden and parents must accompany would-be couples on their first dates.
It’s online dating as you’ve never seen it before – no profile photos, matches are chosen for you, and parents must also go on the first date, but is Iran’s government-controlled dating service fighting a losing battle against Western desires?
A psychologist delivers a stern warning about the dangers of Western romantic habits: “In emotional or romantic relationships in the US, 93 per cent ultimately lead to divorce.” “Loving at first look or sight is, I emphasise, very dangerous,” he tells me.
The number of births per woman of child-bearing age has fallen from 7 in 1980 to 1.8 in 2014 - below Britain's fertility rate, for example, of 1.9.
Anything that brings young adults together in a controlled way, in line with Islamic principles, is welcome, especially as the regime has an official target to double Iran’s population to 150 million by 2050.
Sex outside wedlock is illegal in Iran, but many young people are shunning the idea of getting married.
As a result, the regime is worried about a steady fall in Iran’s fertility rate, which has now settled at Western levels.
Ali Nazari and Zohre Sadat are a conservative and religious couple who are deeply in love.
They met four months ago and are desperate to get married. Their families must debate the level of the brideprice – or Mehrieh - before Zohre’s parents will give their final blessing.
There Ali Sabor, a professor of Islamic teaching, tells students: “Sexual desire must be controlled.