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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29Jan

Swanky 1920’s-Inspired Wedding at The Prado

By, January 29, 2015

The Roaring Twenties was an era bursting with Art Deco style, extravagant couture, and lush ornamentation. Rosalyn and Adam felt like these characteristics would be just perfect for their wedding – and they were so right!  Who wouldn’t want to attend a special celebration full of 1920s glitz and glamour?  To make their vision a reality, they called on the help of Francine Ribeau Events and Isari Flower Studio. Throughout the wedding, guests were transported back to this magical era, like a page out of The Great Gatsby. Check out the photos we captured below, and witness the transformation :)

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The Grand Reveal

Rosalyn and Adam chose to do their first look prior to the ceremony.  Doesn’t she look stunning with her 1920’s finger wave hairstyle and intricate, beaded gown? He thought so too! ;) We loved photographing this moment!

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The Ceremony

The young and adoring couple exchanged their vows at The Immaculata, an ornate church situated on the USD Campus.

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The Party

The reception took place at The Prado, which boasts high ceilings, ornate lighting fixtures, and a grandiose stage. As soon as guests stepped foot in the ballroom, they were greeted by the sights and sounds of the 1920’s. The chairs and chargers were ornamented with gold, as was the art-deco cake. Fresh blooms were in abundance, in classical arrangements. There was even a soundtrack to match, because Rosalyn and Adam had hired The Heroes to entertain in big-band style.

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Guests from young to old had a blast, and even jumped on stage to sing and dance the night away!

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