Happy Wedding Wednesday!
Today's gorgeous wedding is a perfect blend of modern glamour, timeless tradition & San Francisco. It just doesn't get any more fabulous! IQphoto Studio shows us the beauty:
Anahita & Mehndi got married on September 1, 2012 in San Francisco. Their elaborate wedding was a modern love affair laced with classic traditions. In a nod to their Persian heritage & its customs, the luxurious wedding had two distinct stages.
The "Aghed" is the first stage & it's the actual legal process of getting married. This small, intimate ceremony was held at historic San Francisco City Hall. The Bride & Groom said "I Do!" & took sweet portraits with the breathtaking architecture serving as a stunning backdrop.
The second stage of marriage consists of a religious ceremony including the "Sofreh Aghd." In a beautifully decorated room at the Fairmont San Francisco, the "Sofreh Aghd", an elaborately decorated spread on the floor, was set-up for the Bride & Groom. Every item has a special meaning, such as eggs symbolize fertility, gold symbolizes prosperity & mirrors & candelabras symbolize light & fire. The Bride & Groom sat by the "Sofreh Aghd" while female relatives held a delicate fabric over their heads during the traditional marriage rituals & customs.
The lavish feast, good music & fun dancing followed in the dazzling Gold Room, featuring crystal chandeliers, ornate bas reliefs & French Provincial details. Along with their 250 guests, the Bride & Groom celebrated their new marriage with plenty of food, drink, laughter & dancing. What a romantic, radiant wedding!
Nobody says it better than the Bride: "Wedding day was magical. When I heard people say their wedding day is the best day of their lives, I used to wonder why! Now I can tell it was definitely one of the best days of my life because I had so many people who love me and I love them join our celebration."
(Disclaimer: I did a bit of research to properly explain the Persian marriage rituals & customs. If I have made any mistakes, I sincerely apologize. Thank you!)
My Favorite Moment: I love the Bride & Groom wandering the streets of San Francisco & capturing their love.
My Favorite Detail: The "Sofreh Aghd" is beyond amazing. The more I look at it, the more I notice! So lovely, so meaningful.
Congratulations, Anahita & Mehndi!
Photography: IQphoto Studio / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Fairmont San Francisco / Videographer: IQphoto Studio / Floral Designer: Flower Affairs / Officiant: Wedding Vows by Nilou / DJ: Dr. T. / Make-up Artist: Asal Make-up Artist