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Brazilian Room Wedding in Tilden Park, Berkeley

Nathan + Sephideh

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History has always fascinated me. By far, one of the best parts of my job is the culture I learn from photographing weddings. Over the years I have shot Hawaiian, Vietnamese and many Chinese Ceremonies. The traditions of each respective cultural may be foreign, most are often spoken in a different language, but the messages speak universally. This was my first Persian Wedding to photograph at the Brazilian Room in Berkeley, California.

First things first with this day. Sepideh and Nathan opted for a western ceremony beforehand at the courthouse and this day was more of a reception and celebration. We met in the afternoon at Coit Tower for some portraits before heading across the bridge back to Berkeley.

The Sofreh Aghd or table of Wedding in Persian culture has been practiced for thousands of years. The table is adorned by gifts celebrating the couple’s new life together. Many traditional things were included in their table including a mirror bringing light and brightness into their future, eggs representing fertility, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts representing fertility and abundance, rose water to perfume the air and an assortment of herbs to guard against the evil eye. The ceremony is finished by the couple eating honey off of each other’s pinky finger to symbolize the sweetness of their married life ahead.

I’ll bet you didn’t expect a history lesson in reading this 🙂

Here are some of my favorite snaps from Nathan and Sepideh’s day.

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