A selection of wedding photos at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa to capture the Persian wedding celebrations of Alma and Travis. After documenting the couple getting ready in separate suites at this luxurious Sacramento wedding venue, we captured their romantic first look followed by a portrait session at the California State Capitol. They then exchanged vows during a traditional Persian wedding ceremony in the gardens of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa before celebrating with their family and friends during an action-packed ballroom reception.
Wedding photos at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa:
I always love the opportunity to capture cultural weddings and Alma and Travis’ was no different. They were planning an action-packed Persian wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa up in Sacramento and I was honored to be a part of it all.
I first met up with them earlier this year for an e-session in and around San Francisco and was excited to make the drive up to the Bay Area to reconnect for their special day. I had a team of three working to capture all the moments, so we made the seven hour drive up from Los Angeles on the Friday, ready to shoot on the Saturday.
Getting ready photos at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa:
Alma and Travis were holding their Persian wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa, which is a luxurious venue and residential community in Sacramento. While my second photographer was with Travis and his groomsmen as they made their final preparations at a nearby Hilton hotel, my third photographer and I were with the girls in their private villa at Arden Hills.
I captured close-up shots of Alma having the final touches done to her makeup and finishing off her vows, as well as some special moments with both her mom and Travis’ mom. I photographed as her bridesmaids helped her into her gorgeous gown and secured her veil, then took some portraits of the stunning bride alone and with her beautiful bridesmaids in their musk pink dresses. Alma’s step-dad then arrived for the father-daughter first look, with plenty of emotion to document.
Pre-ceremony portraits at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa:
Meanwhile, Travis and his groomsmen made their way over to Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa ready for the first look, which we had at a grand staircase. I photographed Alma as she walked down the stairs towards her groom, then their reactions at seeing one another in this special moment, as well as those of their parents who were watching on. We had some time available for portraits of the loved-up couple as they embraced affectionately and kissed, beautifully framed by the staircase.
Pre-ceremony portraits at California State Capitol:
Alma, Travis, and the bridal party then jumped into a luxury bus to make the drive over to the California State Capitol where we were going to have another portrait session. Travis popped a bottle of champagne and the festivities really started, with everyone in high spirits.
The California State Capitol has elegant colonnades and a feature black and white tile floor, which made the perfect backdrop for sophisticated portraits of the couple and their bridal party. It was quite a hot day, but we found plenty of shaded areas to work in, capturing portraits of Alma surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids and a candid with her adorable flower girl.
The bridal party then jumped back in the bus while we continued with couple portraits, photographing Alma and Travis exploring the colonnades and gardens of the California State Capitol. I captured loving embraces and romantic portraits, with the undeniable chemistry of Alma and Travis shining through.
Ceremony photos at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa:
It was then time for the Persian ceremony to get underway, which was being held in the courtyard at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa. Alma’s two brothers escorted her down the aisle towards Travis and I captured a candid black and white as her veil was lifted by one of her brothers at the altar.
The ceremony combined Persian and western traditions, with emotional reading of the vows and ring exchanges, as well as the couple feeding one another honey and being covered with a traditional Persian cloth. There were lots of sweet exchanges between Alma and Travis throughout the ceremony to capture, as well as those of their proud parents watching on.
After being pronounced “husband and wife” and making their recessional walk down the aisle, Alma and Travis returned to where their Persian Sofreh table was to receive gifts from their parents. I photographed Alma’s mom fixing a necklace around her daughter and Travis receiving a watch, as well as grabbing a classic reflective portrait of the couple in the Sofreh mirror, which is an important element in Persian weddings.
Post-ceremony portraits at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa:
With the golden hour light absolutely magical, we headed to the entrance of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa to capture some sunset couple portraits. I photographed Alma and Travis dancing in the parking lot and some close-up kisses, as well as a whimsical shot as they embraced bathed in the rich golden light.
Reception photos at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa:
Alma and Travis then made their grand entrance into the ballroom at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa where their reception was taking place. It began with everyone on the dance floor to celebrate this new union and I tried to get in amongst the action to capture it from multiple angles. Then Alma and Travis performed their official first dance before the bride changed into a second stunning wedding dress for the rest of the evening.
Speeches and toasts from those closest to the couple followed, with Alma’s brother making fun of the groom’s ultra-shiny shoes! It was then time for the parental dances, with Travis watching on as Alma and her step-dad performed, before taking to the dance floor with his mom for what was a very emotional mother-son dance.
A Persian belly dancer then took center stage, being joined by Alma part way through. She also performed a traditional knife dance before the bridesmaids playfully bribed Travis in exchange for the cake cutting knife. The newlyweds said a few words to thank their wedding guests and fed each other cake, then everyone hit the dance floor again to party well into the night.
There were lots of playful antics to capture during this wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa, with both the bride and groom being lifted above the dance floor on chairs, as well as Travis’ dad being carried across the ballroom by his son. I grabbed an action shot of the bouquet toss and photographed Travis during his playful garter removal, before documenting the entire wedding party in a group shot.
The evening ended with a traditional Persian flower dance, with the bride and groom being showered with petals by their guests. But they also threw in a western wedding tradition with a grand sparkler exit from the ballroom of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.
Nighttime portraits at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa:
Alma and Travis had put a high priority on photography, so we made time for some romantic nighttime portraits during this celebratory evening. I captured sophisticated shots on the elegant staircase at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa, as well as a creative reflective shot in their villa mirror.
Wedding photos at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa:
It was so much fun to capture the love of Alma and Travis during this destination wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa and I can’t thank them enough for selecting Aevitas as their photography team. I wish them all the happiness in their married life as they embark on this new chapter together.