Wedding At InterContinental Century City In Los Angeles, CA | Debbie & Nima
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Wedding At Intercontinental Century City

DEBBIE & NIMA

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Wedding photos at Intercontinental Century City:

It was such an honor to have Debbie and Nima book me after just a short phone call, trusting me to capture their wedding at InterContinental Century City although we’d never met in person. They were planning a large Jewish-Persian wedding celebration and I just love the opportunity to capture unique cultural wedding rituals and moments.

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A creative, off-camera flash portrait of the couple kissing on the rooftop of the InterContinental Century City in Los Angeles.

 

Getting ready photos at the InterContinental Century City:

Everything was happening at the InterContinental Century City, so my second photographer, assistant and myself headed over on the Sunday morning of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. While my second photographer was with Nima and the boys in one suite, I was with Debbie, her bridesmaids and mom as they made their final preparations.

I photographed Debbie fixing her earrings and having her dressed “fluffed” by her bridesmaids who were each wearing unique dresses, as well as capturing a special moment with her mom. We also had time for a few portraits of Debbie looking absolutely radiant and showing off the elegant cut on the back of her wedding dress, before heading downstairs for her first look with Nima.

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Debbie securing her earrings as she prepared for her multicultural wedding at the InterContinental Century City in Los Angeles.

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Debbie’s bridesmaids “fluff” her gorgeous bridal gown in a suite at the InterContinental Century City.

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Capturing a special moment between Debbie and her mom in the lead up to her InterContinental Century City wedding.

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Debbie’s bridesmaids, moms and flower girl gather around in a suite at the InterContinental Century City.

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A portrait of Debbie looking absolutely stunning with her flower bouquet at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie shows off the glamorous back of her wedding dress in an elegant suite at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie’s bridesmaids and mom share in a toast as they prepared for her Los Angeles Persian-Jewish wedding.

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A portrait of Debbie in a hallway at the InterContinental Century City as she headed downstairs for her first look session.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at the InterContinental Century City:

We staged the first look in a quiet garden courtyard of the InterContinental Century City, with Debbie walking towards her husband-to-be. I captured the moment as he turned around to see his bride for the first time on their wedding day, as well as a tender kiss on the hand (as he wasn’t allowed to kiss her just yet!).

We used the time available for some couple portraits in this leafy setting, followed by a few more indoors at the InterContinental Century City’s lobby lounge. I also grabbed some family formals and bridal party portraits at this time, including a cute one of all the bridesmaids looking down at Debbie’s adorable flower girl.

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Debbie walks towards Nima during their first look session in a courtyard at the InterContinental Century City.

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Nima turns around to be embraced by Debbie during their first look in a courtyard at the InterContinental Century City.

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Nima kisses Debbie’s hand tenderly during their wedding portrait session at the InterContinental Century City.

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Capturing the joyous reactions of Debbie and Nima during their first look at the InterContinental Century City.

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An intimate embrace between the soon-to-be-married couple in the elegant lobby of the InterContinental Century City.

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Nima kisses Debbie’s hand in front of the bar lounge at the InterContinental Century City in Los Angeles.

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Debbie and her bridesmaids look down towards her gorgeous flower girl in a courtyard garden at the InterContinental Century City.

 

Ceremony photos at the InterContinental Century City:

The official proceedings then got underway, with the couple signing their Jewish Ketubah marriage license surrounded by their parents and members of their immediate families. After becoming officially wed, Nima was then allowed to kiss his bride, accompanied by much applause from those around him!

The ceremony itself was being held in the InterContinental Century City’s courtyard, with Nima being escorted down the aisle by his parents, followed by Debbie and hers. Debbie’s father stopped midway to remove his daughter’s veil and kiss her on the cheek, before placing the veil back over her face and giving her away to Nima.

There were lots of traditional Jewish rituals to capture during this ceremony, beginning with Debbie circling Nima, before he did it in return. After they exchanged vows and rings, Debbie’s father then read the blessings and the newly married couple were enveloped in a cloth of love and support by their family and friends. Nima then performed the “breaking of the glass” and they made their recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife”.

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Capturing the couple’s reactions during the Ketubah signing at their Persian-Jewish wedding in Los Angeles.

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Debbie and Nima kiss after becoming officially married during their Jewish wedding in Los Angeles.

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The newly married couple take a closer look at their ketubah marriage license after becoming officially wed in Los Angeles.

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A black and white candid shot capturing an emotional moment between Debbie and her parents.

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Debbie and Nima, surrounded by members of their immediate family, during the Jewish Ketubah signing in Los Angeles.

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Nima kisses his mom after being escorted down the aisle by his parents at the start of the InterContinental Century City wedding ceremony.

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Nima and his father embrace at the start of his Jewish-Persian wedding at the InterContinental Century City in Los Angeles.

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Debbie’s father kisses her while walking her down the aisle at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie is escorted down the aisle by her parents during the courtyard wedding at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie walks around her groom in what is a traditional Jewish wedding ritual at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie and Nima turn to look at those who have come to support them on their wedding day at the InterContinental Century City.

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Capturing the reactions of Nima’s parents as he weds Debbie at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie was all smiles as she read her wedding vows to Nima during their courtyard garden ceremony.

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Debbie slides a wedding ring onto Nima’s finger during their InterContinental Century City ceremony.

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Debbie’s father reads the blessings, surrounded by family and friends, in what is a traditional Jewish wedding ritual.

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The couple are enveloped in a cloth of love and support by family and friends during their Jewish wedding in Los Angeles.

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Nima performs the traditional Jewish “breaking of the glass” ritual at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie and Nima kiss at the end of their Jewish wedding ceremony at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie and Nima make their joyous recessional walk as “husband and wife” following their InterContinental Century City wedding ceremony.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at the InterContinental Century City:

While the wedding guests headed into the reception to get settled, we went up onto the rooftop of the InterContinental Century City to capture some couple portraits, just as the sun was setting. We got creative with the use of off-camera flash, backed by the Los Angeles city skyline as it gradually illuminated for the night.

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The newly married couple kiss on the rooftop of the InterContinental Century City, backed by the Los Angeles city skyline.

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An off-camera flash portrait of Debbie and Nima kissing, backed by a towering Los Angeles skyscraper.

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A creative nighttime couple portrait of Debbie and Nima on the rooftop of the InterContinental Century City.

 

Reception photos at the InterContinental Century City:

Debbie and Nima then made their grand entrance into the reception which was held in a glamorous ballroom at the InterContinental Century City. After their first dance, everyone hit the dance floor for a night of celebration, with Nima being lifted above by his groomsmen.

I tried to capture all the energy of these festivities, interspersed with traditional rituals such as the “cutting of the bread” and the couple’s reactions during speeches and toasts. After the parental dances, Debbie and Nima were lifted above the dance floor in the Jewish Horah chair dance, followed by the cake cutting ceremony and bouquet toss.

As is the tradition in Persian weddings, the night ended with the flower dance, with Debbie and Nima being showered in flower petals by their wedding guests.

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Debbie and Nima make their grand entrance into the reception at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie and Nima perform their first dance during the InterContinental Century City wedding reception.

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Debbie dances with her father during the Jewish-Persian wedding reception at the InterContinental Century City.

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Nima is lifted into the air by his groomsmen during the lively festivities at his Jewish-Persian wedding reception.

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A young and old wedding guest enjoying the festivities of Debbie and Nima’s multicultural reception.

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Debbie’s mom and grandma enjoying the dance floor during the InterContinental Century City reception.

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Debbie and Nima let loose on the dance floor during their Jewish-Persian wedding reception.

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The couple’s fathers and grandfather perform a traditional Jewish “cutting of the bread” at the InterContinental Century City.

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Debbie’s parents make a toast during the Jewish-Persian wedding reception at the InterContinental Century City.

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Capturing the couple’s reactions as speeches and toasts are made at their InterContinental Century City wedding reception.

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A black and white candid shot of Nima’s father making a speech during the InterContinental Century City reception.

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Debbie and Nima were all smiles as speeches were made during their multicultural wedding reception.

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Debbie embraces her maid-of-honor after a speech at the InterContinental Century City in Los Angeles.

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Debbie and her dad perform the father-daughter dance at the InterContinental Century City in Los Angeles.

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Capturing a special moment during Nima’s mother-son dance at the InterContinental Century City.

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Capturing all the action as a young wedding guest lets loose on the dance floor at the InterContinental Century City.

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Nima and Debbie kiss during the traditional Horah chair dance at their Jewish wedding reception.

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Nima watches on as his bride dances with his father during the multicultural wedding reception.

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The groomsmen letting loose on the dance floor of the InterContinental Century City in Los Angeles.

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Capturing a special moment between Debbie and her young flower girl on the dance floor.

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Debbie smears frosting on Nima’s face during their cake cutting ceremony at the InterContinental Century City.

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An action shot of Debbie’s bouquet toss to a group of expectant single women at the InterContinental Century City.

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The newly married couple are showered in flower petals during the traditional Persian flower dance.

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Debbie and Nima’s wedding guests playfully point towards them as the couple kisses on the dance floor.

 

Wedding photos at Intercontinental Century City:

I really can’t thank Debbie and Nima enough for trusting in Aevitas to capture this wedding at the InterContinental Century City and for welcoming us so warmly. I love that they wore their emotions on their sleeves throughout the day and wish them all the happiness in their married life together.

May 31, 2017

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