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Modern Chaldean Wedding | Amelia & Alvin

By, March 02, 2016

Amelia and Alvin were married at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, a luxurious Mediterranean-style estate located just north of San Diego. They are both of Chaldean heritage, and wanted their wedding to be a celebration of their shared cultural traditions. When we arrived to photograph Amelia, and saw her sporting this stunning lace-satin dress, we knew we had to find an equally stunning backdrop to show it off.

Couple kiss by fountain at Fairmont Grand Del Mar

By using creative shoot-through techniques and arches, we used our environment to create frames around this amazing bride. This highlighted Amelia’s dress in the image compositions, while drawing focus to her.

Beautiful bride stands in doorway at home as she prepares for wedding ceremonyBride holds up personalized hanger for wedding dress

As is customary, the bride and groom began the day in separate locations, and waited until the ceremony to see each other.

Bride has help from bridesmaid as she prepares for wedding ceremonyBride's bouquet photographed on books

Once she was ready to show off her final look, guests gathered at Amelia’s home for a special Chaldean ceremony. Amelia was escorted out, and was greeted with music and cheers.

Guests celebrate Bride getting married with music and singing before she joins Groom

Meanwhile, our groom Alvin was getting ready at a location nearby with his groomsmen.

Modern Groom sits by Pool

With pocket aces hidden up his sleeve, our groom took home the gold. We love adding playful ideas like this fun set up shot of Alvin beating his buddies. Adding a bit of humor throughout the day helps to keep things light-hearted, and adds laughter to the wedding gallery.

Groomsmen pose for fun photo playing poker before ceremony

Amelia and Alvin chose to exchange vows at their local church, St. Peter Chaldean Church in El Cajon.

Couple stand at altar of Chaldean church after bride walks down aisleEmotional moments during couple's ceremony captured in black and white.Guests cheers and congratulate couple as they walk down aisle after first kiss

Following the ceremony, Amelia and Alvin invited guests to the alluring Fairmont Grand Del Mar for a ballroom reception. Just before the couple’s grand entrance, we walked the property together, and made good use of the diverse backdrops all around. The venue’s grand staircases and Mediterranean-inspired archways beautifully complimented the pair’s modern glamor.

Elegant wedding couple take romantic photos before their reception at Grand Del MarIntimate, black-and-white photo of bride and groom kissing on balcony at Grand Del MarModern, classy couple at Grand Del Mar pose for photosCouple share kiss at Grand Del Mar with Bridal Party celebrating

We loved using Amelia’s long veil in a variety of fun ways (extending it out, shooting through it) to add a whimsical sense of awe and drama.

Intimate photos of classy, modern couple at Grand Del Mar

At the reception, Amelia and Alvin joined friends and family for a festive zeffa dance, which is a Chaldean wedding tradition. The zeffa dance invites everyone onto the dance floor, and encourages all to congratulate and dance with the bride and groom.

Couple walk into reception for Grand Entrance at Grand Del MarGuests celebrate with Couple during their Chaldean first dance

The room was full of energy and love for the newly married couple, making for an unforgettable evening!

Groomsmen lift groom off ground during reception at Grand Del Mar

For more amazing moments from Amelia and Alvin’s modern wedding, please click here.

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