One of the greatest things about living in San Francisco is diversity. There are tons of opportunities to witness and photograph multi-culture weddings. Persian weddings rituals are symbolic and unique in many ways. Thanks to Nazanin and Mehrdad the lovely couple for hiring us to photograph their wedding in the charming Mountain Winery in Saratoga.
A funny thing happened shortly after I arrived the wedding. I greeted the groom in the room while he was in casual attire, then walked out toward the ceremony site to take shots of the ritual objects. Then there he was all dressed up in wedding suit waving and smiling at me! Good thing I was warned ahead of time that the groom has an identical twin.
Persian weddings involve many symbolic objects: Mirror (of fate) "Aayeneh-ye Bakht" and two Candelabras (representing the bride and groom and brightness in their future); Poppy Seeds “Khash-Khaash” is used to break spells and witchcraft; Salt “Namak” to blind the evil eye; a basket of decorated eggs and a basket of decorated almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts in the shell to symbolize fertility; a cup of honey to sweeten life, and so on.
The Mountain Winery was completely renovated for concerts since I last photographed there. I almost couldn't recognize it at first and had to search around for a good background for portraits. It was good to be back again and to witness the special Persian ceremony rituals.