13May

I’d Go Anywhere With You | Hilton Bayfront Wedding

By, May 13, 2015

Some say that traveling with your partner is a true test of love. If that’s the case, this couple aced the test!

After just one year of dating, Lauren and Stephen embarked on a 7-country, 16-city backpacking trip all over Europe. Because they were so travel-compatible, they continued their excursions together. Over the years, they made the trek to to Asia, and eventually to Canada, where Stephen popped the big question.

The couple’s beautiful wedding was held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in downtown San Diego. Throughout the event, Lauren and Stephen incorporated touches of their travels and journeys together. Now that they’ve tied the knot, one of their greatest and best adventures is about to begin :) Here are a few favorite moments we captured from their joyous day!

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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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22Nov

Strike a Pose | Rustic Leo Carillo Ranch Bridal Party Photo with Attitude

By, November 22, 2013

You and your bridal party are dressed to the nines for your wedding day, so of course a mini modeling session is in order for all!

For this Photo of the Week, we bring to you something slightly editorial, and very fun. Heather and Josh tied the knot on Leo Carrillo Ranch‘s beautifully weathered property and their dapper ensembles and elegant satin dresses created the perfect contrast.  In fact, we love the juxtaposition of rustic and glamorous elements. When done the right way, it can look very high-fashion, so we had them all pose with angles and attitude for a touch of drama.

Hasta la vista to boring bridal party photos! These stunners belong in Vogue! ;)

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