Sunday, July 4, 2010

Real Wedding Day Inspiration - Shira and Jacob

Happy Monday, dear readers! I hope you had a wonderful July 4th holiday filled with family, friends, BBQs and fireworks. One of the many reasons I love weddings is the opportunity to be surrounded by love. Whether that love is expressed husband to wife, father to son, mother to daughter or the village of extended family and friends all coming together to support the bride and groom, love is the central focus of a wedding and it is something to behold. When I first saw the traditional Jewish wedding of Shira and Jacob, I felt the love surrounding these two. It's almost palpable. The photographer, Cliff Mautner, did an amazing job of capturing the emotion of this wedding. Usually, I try to edit a wedding down to 15 images or less but I couldn't bring myself to not include every detail. Mark Kingsdorf did an amazing job creating a beautiful celebratory environment in the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.
Jacob getting ready before the ceremony with a helping hand from his father
Shira admiring her lovely gown

A very proud father
Shira looks amazing in this shot.

This is my favorite image from Shira and Jacob's ceremony. The couple is wrapped in a traditional Jewish prayer cloth, a tallit.
The couple spending a few quiet moments together as husband and wife.
The gorgeous Crystal Tea Room designed by Mark Kingsdorf. Love the lighting design.

I loved how Shira's veil perfectly complimented her dress.

Thanks again to Cliff Mautner for sharing such an emotive wedding.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Real Wedding Day Inspiration - Kat and Brandon

Dear readers, I have such a treat for you today! This week's Real Wedding Day Inspiration is the gorgeous Persian fusion wedding of Kat and Brandon at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. The talented photography team, Lin and Jirsa really captured the culture and tradition of a Persian wedding. The Sofreh Aghd designed by Taraneh Ajdar of Elegant Sofreh Design is absolutely breath taking! The elaborate design has strong meaning in the persian culture and symbolizes everything the wedding couple needs begin their new lives together.
The Huntington Beach Hyatt's pool
The happy couple Kat and Brandon

She makes a lovely bride

The couple getting a little playful, love that!
The intricate detailing of Kat's gown is beautiful. I wonder how many hours it took to complete?

Now that's what I call glamour
The opulently designed Sofreh. To learn about its cultural significance, read here.
The jeweled eggs represent fertility.
The mirror and candlelabras symbolize light and brightness in the couple's future.

The contrast of the dynamic red curtains and the blue tabletop linens is gorgeous. Don't be afraid to use bold, vibrant color in your reception.
I love the custom cake toppers, too cute.
Kat's father looks so proud, beautiful father-daughter dance.

Hopefully Kat's sister isn't telling any secrets in her toast;-)
Romantic shot at the end of the night.

About the fabulous photography team of Lin and Jirsa:
Lin and Jirsa Photography is an Orange County, CA based wedding photography studio specializing in creative lighting, photojournalism, and unique post production. The team consists of 3 brothers (two Lins and a Jirsa), who have combined their backgrounds in photography and graphic design with their passion for documenting love stories to create a unique product and service. In addition to shooting, the team provides insights, tutorials, and tips on their photography education site SLR Lounge.

Wedding Planners: Lorrie and Ketmanee of OC Party Places
This elegant Sofreh was designed by Taraneh Ajdar
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