{Glamorous San Francisco Wedding} Anahita & Mehndi

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


  1. Congratulations to the new couple! Love the photos, my favorite has to be the one of the couple dancing!

  2. What gorgeous settings! I love her dress!

  3. Gorgeous Gorgeous! :) The dress and settings are just beautiful.
    xoxo Aimee

  4. wow her dress, her hair everything is amazing!! what a beautiful beautiful wedding

  5. The location for this wedding was absolutely breathtaking! Her dress was truly exquisite. GORGEOUS wedding :D

  6. wow her dress, her hair everything is amazing!! what a beautiful beautiful wedding.
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  7. W O W – how incredibly beautiful! SF City Hall will always have a very special place in my heart, and I love when couples marry there–especially in such an intimate way!

  8. Wow what beautiful photos. Did you shoot this? LOVE the dress! Oh la la!

    Ali of

    Dressing Ken

  9. you clearly know how to impress me


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