17Feb

Charmingly Rustic Wedding | Quail Haven Farm

By, February 17, 2015

Have you ever walked into a wedding and instantly felt like it reflected the couple, and completely captured their dynamic together? Let us tell you – this wedding is so Stan & Ziba. It’s the perfect blend of the Americana boy marrying the Persian beaut!

The event was held at Quail Haven Farm, and the venue’s rustic charm was personalized with touches from both of their heritages. As well, the couple added a touch of vintage wedding elegance. Check out this special day, and how well it suited the happy couple :)

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The Ceremony

Quail Haven’s English garden lawn area is naturally tranquil and secluded, making it a very intimate ceremony location. For a touch of delicate beauty, Ziba and Stan added a few floral accents to this outdoor oasis. Instant paradise :)

The Persian-American ceremony kicked off with a Sofre-Aghd, or wedding spread, which is customary in Persian marriage. The elaborate set up included several foods and decorations, each representing an element of life together as newlyweds.  During the ceremony, two sugar cones were softly ground together over the heads of the couple, signifying a “shower of sweetness.”  The couple then participated in American traditions, such as the exchanging of vows and rings.

Our favorite moment was capturing the raw emotion that Stan expressed as he caught his first look of Ziba walking down the aisle. The big kiss at the end of ceremony was certainly magical too!

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The Reception

As sparkling twinkle lights illuminated the covered outdoor patio, the daytime ceremony transitioned to a lively nighttime reception. Guests found their seats at tables festooned with wild garden arrangements, and were tempted by the nearby dessert table display.  At the cue of the music, Ziba and Stan made their grand entrance, and went right into their first dance as husband and wife.

The evening that followed was filled with great food, lively music and intervals of wedding traditions. There was even an appearance by a Persian belly dancer, who taught a few moves to the upbeat and joyous crowd! Congrats again to Ziba & Stan! :)

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See more of Ziba & Stan’s Wedding!

04Apr

Golf Course Weddings | The Right Approach

By, April 04, 2014

Whether you are an avid golfer, or you don’t know the difference between a fairway and a freeway, golf courses have a lot to offer when it comes to weddings. Many golf courses also double as wedding venues, with options for romantic outdoor ceremonies and grand receptions. The vibrant colors, dramatic landscapes, and playful scenarios make excellent photography backdrops too! We have “retrieved” some of our favorite photos from recent golf course weddings to share with you.

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Want to see more? Check out more images from recent Golf Course Weddings!

23Oct

Desert Rose Inspiration Board

By, October 23, 2013

Although the desert may be a non-traditional location for a wedding, it actually works very well. Because it is such a blank canvas, the desert landscape enables you to pursue your own vision, and create a completely unique outdoor wedding venue. A desert background also looks amazing in photographs!

This week’s “desert rose” inspiration board is for the edgy and artistic bride that is full of spice, not sugar. So long to pink, frills and pearls – this bride is motivated by textures, patterns, asymmetry, and elements found in nature. We envision this bride in a sleek, fitted gown that stands out against the golden sand. She is wearing unique copper-and-gold jewelry, which is adorned with semi-precious stones and iridescent opals. For a touch of glam, and to offset her fierce look, she’s rocking metallic snakeskin-print shoes!

Our desert bride’s bouquet consists of assorted flowers with spiky textures, as well as succulents, and a few roses in a coral tone. Because succulents can withstand the heat and last the entire event, they’ll also be used heavily in centerpieces and decor. We envision guests dining on grilled steak and vegetables, fresh fruit, and signature prickly pear margaritas in an open outdoor setting. And after the desert sun has set, and our bride and groom begin their life together, they will have timeless images that tell the story of the day.

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