September 6th, 2014
[ contemporary Persian DIY wedding]
Reception: Pasta Primavera Ristorante, San Ramon
Make-up and hair: Beauty by Sasha
Cake: Le Gateau Elegant, Walnut Creek
Florist: Poppie Fields Floral Design, Lafayette
Wedding Rings: The King’s Jewelers, Walnut Creek
Zara and Houman’s wedding wasn’t the usual Persian( Iranian) big wedding. From the beginning I knew it was going to be closed family event. Both of them are very calm and quiet people and you can feel it from the photos. Subconsciously, I focused on the little but important details during the wedding day - the traditions of Persian wedding, items included in the ceremony, details of bride getting ready, close ups, kids at the wedding, guests and candid personal moments. It was a low key wedding, but at the same time very elegant one, done with very good taste.
As always couple of days before the wedding day I start preparing myself - equipment ready, timeline, customs related to the event if they’re different than the American conventional wedding. This was my first Persian wedding I have ever photographed and I was very curious to learn more about their wedding traditions and scenario. One of the website I found through my internet browsing, which I think has very useful information is wwwiranchamber.com
I Persian wedding traditions the bride supposed be cover with veil before seeing her future husband.
The First Look Photos. This is the part when Houman sees Zara for the first time with her wedding dress. He was just speechless. Their cute niece ran towards him screening from excitement. Yes, this day is a full of excitements for little kids like her.
Zara and Houman waiting for the guests to arrive and the ceremony to start.
The getting ready part and the ceremony were held at the backyard of Zara’s sister. Traditional Persian wedding ceremony is held in the house of a close relative. The ceremony took place around a beautifully decorated spread on the ground called "Sofreh-ye Aghd" ( sofra). The decoration was very simple and elegant done by Zara’s sister who I can tell she has a great taste for making beautiful things. Flowers were also part of the traditional decoration. Everything you see on the photos has a special symbolical meaning to the ceremony and the marriage itself like referring to sweet life, fertility, future, health, etc.
While waiting for all the guests to arrive I had a little time to enjoy taking some candid shots of the guests. My goal as always is to capture candid moments, to show the happiness and the love in the air, the beauty and the excitement of the day and the sacred part of the event. And everything and everyone was very sweet at the wedding :) as the life of the newlyweds supposed to be sweet like honey!
After the ceremony and the formal family shots we headed to the Sugarloaf Open Space in Walnut Creek to capture the bride and groom photo session. We missed the magic hour as the sun was already behind the hills although it was around 6:30pm, but we had a beautiful soft light surrounded by very natural pastel colors that also were complementing the bride’s bouquet. We had two choice for the photo session - Walnut Creek Downtown - urban location or an open space far from the crowd. Well, we all thought that the quiet atmosphere of the beautiful Californian landscape would be the best match for their personality and style.
If we are talking about a real fun wedding party with lots of dancing you should go to a Persian wedding. For sure they do know how to celebrate such an event no matter big or small.
The best dancer of the evening. Isn't she adorable?
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