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Payvand and Jeremy were married on April 25th at the Hilton in Chandler.  They had a traditional Persian Ceremony and it was simply breathtaking!!!  We absolutely adore photographing cultural ceremonies!  It is a wonderful way to learn about and experience the customs and traditions of other cultures throughout the world.

 

The sofreh table is the most ornate component in the persian wedding and this one was made by Payvand's mother, who did a beautiful job.  Some components of the sofreh table include the Mirror (of fate) "Aayeneh-ye Bakht" and two Candelabras (representing the bride and groom and brightness in their future) placed on either side of the mirror.  The mirror and candelabras are symbolic of light and fire, two very important elements in the Zoroastrian culture.  When the bride enters the room her veil is covering her face and when she sits down and the veil is removed the first thing the groom should see in the mirror is the reflection of his bride-to-be.  The sofreh is also decorated with a multitude of grains, nuts and spices each with it's own symbolic meaning.

 

Other notable components of the ceremony include a shawl of fine fabric held over the couple's heads by happily married female relatives and two sugar cones "Kalleh Ghand" made out of hardened sugar which are grinded together over the bride and groom's head (over the shawl held above their heads) throughout the ceremony to shower them in sugar, symbolizing sweetness and happiness.  A cup of honey to sweeten life is set on the sofreh and immediately after the couple is married they each dip a pinky finger in the honey and feed it to one another.

 

Payvand and Jeremy, let us start by saying you make an absolutely stunning couple.  It was truly our pleasure to not only be your wedding photographers but to take part in such a magnificent event.  Thank you for the opportunity!!  Hope you enjoy the photos ... there are sooo many more where these came from :-)!!!

 

Payvand's dress was Exquisite!!

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These two totally look like they belong on the pages of a fashion magazine!!!
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The sofreh table.
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I love, love, love this image!!!  Look at the womens' expressions in the mirror ... they speaks volumes!
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Payvand's sister grinding the sugar cones over the couple's heads. 
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Terry and Glenn were married at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale on April 19th under very sunny - and rather warm - skies.  They had a Jewish ceremony at sunset with their daughters, Jamie (Terry's daughter) and Lyndsey (Glenn's daughter), at their sides and it was absolutely beautiful!  Their Huppah was gorgeous as was their Ketubah (wedding contract.)  Their Rabbi requested that we not take photographs during the ceremony but we were able to capture some lovely images at the beginning and end, including the breaking of the wedding glass.

 

The details of this wedding were spectacular including a seperate wedding cake at each table.  They opted for the hotel to provide custom lighting for the reception and chose the colors to match that of sunset.

 

Terry and Glenn, we enjoyed working with you both so much!!  Thank you for choosing us as your wedding photographers and we hope you enjoy the sneak peak :-)!!

 

 

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I love this shot :-)!
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This shot was requested by Terry's daughter, Jamie ... it is soooo sweet!
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Terry and Glenn provided a poncho and a pair of sunglasses for each of their guests (meaning the wedding would happen rain or shine.)  We took a group photo with everyone wearing them, but I particularly liked the candids we got in between.
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Glenn's daughter, Lyndsey and her fiance.
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Terry's daughter, Jamie and her boyfriend.
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I love the details and the reception lighting!
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The individual table cakes were beautiful!!
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Terry Barber:

These are absolutely beautiful. Tina and Kevin, I cannot thank you enough for what you have produced here. What an amazing talent and eye you have for "the shot". Thank you for this preview of our special day pictures!

(05.07.09 @ 01:32 AM)
Megan:

Congrats Aunt Terry. What a beautiful ceremony. Hope all is well. You looked gorgeous!

(05.07.09 @ 03:03 AM)
Michael Chansley:

Wow! They must really like cake :) I would have a hard time choosing between them!

(05.07.09 @ 08:07 AM)

Ginny and Buddy got married on April 18th under beautiful blue skies at the Pioneer Living History Museum in North Phoenix.  This was the coolest wedding - modern chic meets wild west ... how fun!!!

 

This was seriously a fun wedding and quite inspirational from a photographer's perspective.  Visually it was eye candy ... rustic, old buildings, historic little church (which by the way, we have always looked at from the I-17 and thought how cool it would be to photograph), horse-drawn carriage, dusty stampede from a mock round-up, stunning vintage style wedding dress, Stetson hat, and shoes, shoes, shoes from the super-chic to electric blue glitter to cowboy (or in this case, girl) boots ... man this was a fun wedding!!!

 

A few highlights - Buddy was so sweet when he shed tears over the first sight of his bride; Ginny's dad bought a really cool pair of shoes to match her really cool pair of shoes; Ginny's cousin, Lisa, is a chef and made the cake herself - AMAZING; this wedding marked the retirement of the carriage driver and his horse, Zeus, was set to retire along with him after one more gig.

 

Ginny and Buddy, thank you soooo much for having us as your wedding photographers and for trusting us to make some very fun images!!  We truly enjoyed your wedding and getting to know you both ... best wishes in life, you are an amazing couple :-)!

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Ginny LOVES shoes and I love this choice for her wedding ... SO COOL!!!
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Please don't kill me over the spanx picture ... it is just so darn funny :-).
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Love the "Old West" feel :-).
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Yes, this photo was really taken at the venue ...
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This is the sweetest photo ever.
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Check out the shoes Ginny's dad wore in honor of his daughter's wedding day!!
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Freakin hilarious!!!  Ginny's dad was soooo funny!!!
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This is a fun shot unique to the couple.  We are starting to do this more and more with our clients that are interested - just bring fun props and it only takes a few frames.
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I adore these two images of Ginny ... she looks AMAZING - and so do her shoes :-)!
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Michael Chansley:

What a cool wedding! Great location and details.

(05.04.09 @ 01:40 AM)

Well, I am finally home from my visit to the East Coast, but only temporarily ... we leave again tomorrow for another week in sunny Florida for another destination wedding!  I actually made the trek back to Arizona to photograph Stephanie and David's wedding this past Saturday.

 

The ceremony was held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix and the reception was held at the Tempe Mission Palms.  This was a first for me.  It was the first one-hundred percent photojournalistic wedding I have ever covered ... that's right, not one posed photo in the bunch.  The couple was very clear on this point.  They simply wanted their wonderful day captured as it unfolded with no interference!  And by the way, the "napkin hats" everyone is wearing during the reception ... there is definitely a story and a reason behind it all, though it was not necessarily planned :-).

 

Stephanie and David were wonderful to work with and it was a pleasure serving as their wedding photographer.  Thank you both so much and I hope you enjoy Savannah (one of my favorite Southern destinations!)

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Lisa:

Wow, some amazing captured shots. Love it Tina!

(03.31.09 @ 01:03 PM)
This posting is a little long in coming.  I went out of town right after this wedding and have been gone ever since - more postings to come on that.

Erin and Erich got married at the end of February in Phoenix and we are so glad to have been chosen as their wedding photographers.  Their ceremony was held at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center at ASU.  I loved the architecture of the church.  The reception was held at one of our favorite venues - the Desert Botanical Gardens.  This place is so beautiful at any time but it is exceptionally lovely right now.  They are featuring a spectacular display that covers the entire gardens called, Chihuly: The Nature of Glass.  The Glass Sculptures that adorn the gardens are nothing short of inspirational - plus they made for wonderful photographic backdrops :-).

Erin and Erich, you looked AMAZING and the wedding was wonderful ... love the pink and green umbrellas you supplied to your guests by the way - what fun props :-).  We have really enjoyed working with you both and hope you enjoy the sneak peak!

Side note:  We had one of our digital cameras converted over to infrared ... we have always loved the unique look of infrared ... and got to use it for the first time at this wedding.  We LOVED it!!  You can recognize the unique look of infrared by the white foliage and black skies.  We can either shoot these photos in color or black & white.  Also, a special thank you to Joyce for assisting at this wedding - as usual she did a fantastic job!!
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Joyce:

Love the way your shots came out! L-O-V-E the infared!

Congrats Erin and Erich! It was fun working with you two!

(03.17.09 @ 02:27 AM)
Josefin:

It´s such a cool place. Thank you for posting some saguaros...;) The infrared among barrel cactuses is my favourite though. Looking up air fares right now...

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