Wedding At Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel In Marina Del Rey, CA | Shama & Amir

Wedding At Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel

SHAMA & AMIR

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Wedding photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

I first met wonderful couple Shama and Amir around a year ago at my studio in Downtown Long Beach, with a late evening meeting to hear all about how they met and became engaged. They were planning a traditional Persian wedding at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel, with everything from getting ready to the reception celebrations to be held there. I really love Persian weddings and the opportunity to capture all the traditional rites and rituals, so was particularly looking forward to their special day.

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A creative portrait of Shama peeking over Amir’s shoulder as they prepared for their wedding ceremony at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

 

Getting ready photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

My wife Charlene was my second photographer for the day and we headed over to the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel in the late morning to capture the couple getting ready. Charlene was with Amir and his dad as they shared in this special moment together while I was with Shama and her bridesmaids in their suite.

I captured some creative candids as she had her makeup done and admired her beautiful wedding gown, then a few with her bridesmaids helping to “fluff” her dress.

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Shama admires her gorgeous wedding gown in a suite at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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A creative candid shot of Shama having her makeup done before her Persian wedding in Marina Del Rey.

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A black and white candid of Amir’s dad pinning his boutonniere as they were getting ready for his Persian wedding.

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Shama’s bridesmaids help to “fluff” her wedding gown as they were getting ready in a suite at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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A portrait of Shama looking stunning in her wedding dress in front of a suite window at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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Capturing a special moment between Shama and her bridesmaids as they prepared for her Persian wedding.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

Shama and Amir had opted for a first look which we staged in a courtyard of the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel. I photographed Shama as she walked towards her husband-to-be, then the warm embrace as they caught their first glimpse of each other on this special day.

I really appreciated the time that Shama and Amir had allocated for photography, allowing me to capture a range of creative portraits before the ceremony started. I photographed them relaxing together in one of the hotel’s elegant suites, as well as some shots incorporating their champagne glasses.

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Shama walks towards Amir during their first look in a courtyard at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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Shama and Amir embrace during their first look session before their wedding at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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A creative portrait of the couple behind a glass of champagne in their suite at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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Shama and Amir relaxing together before their wedding ceremony in an elegant hotel suite in Marina Del Rey.

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The couple embrace in front of a bright yellow wall at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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A sophisticated portrait of Shama and Amir before their Persian wedding ceremony in Marina Del Rey.

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A silhouette of Shama and Amir making a champagne toast in their hotel suite at the Marina Del Rey Marriott.

 

Ceremony photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

Shama and Amir walked together down the aisle at the start of their Persian wedding at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel, before being seated behind their traditional sofreh aghd table, filled with symbolic foods and flowers. Shama’s married female friends sprinkled sugar over their ghand cloth in a symbolic gesture of sweetness throughout their married life together, then the couple fed each other honey and were showered in rose petals.

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Shama and Amir walk down the aisle together at the start of their Persian wedding ceremony.

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A candid shot of Shama looking beautiful during her Persian wedding to Amir in Marina Del Rey.

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Shama’s female friends rub sugar cones over the couple’s ghand cloth in a symbolic gesture for a life filled with sweetness.

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Capturing a special exchange between Shama and Amir during their Persian wedding ceremony.

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Shama feeds Amir honey in what is a traditional Persian wedding ritual at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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A creative shot looking through candles towards Shama and Amir’s Persian wedding ceremony.

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The newly married couple are showered with rose petals at the end of their Persian wedding ceremony.

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A portrait of the newly married couple in front of their sofreh aghd table at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

After the wedding ceremony, I captured a shot of the couple seated behind their sofreh aghd table, as well as a few more photos in and around the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel. I particularly liked the close-up portrait of Shama looking so radiant and Amir relaxing with a drink as the significance of the moment soaked in.

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A portrait of the newly married couple in front of their sofreh aghd table at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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The couple embrace in a dramatically-lit room at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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A close-up portrait of the beautiful bride on her wedding day at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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Amir relaxes with a drink after his marriage to Shama at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

 

Reception photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

The Persian wedding reception then kicked into full swing with everyone hitting the dance floor. This was interspersed with speeches and toasts from the couple and those closest to them, as well as a traditional Persian knife dance. This lively party concluded with Shama and Amir being showered with flowers on the dance floor, ending what was an unforgettable day.

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The bride and groom enjoying the dance floor of their ballroom reception in Marina Del Rey.

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Shama dancing with a young wedding guest during her Persian celebrations in Marina Del Rey.

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A wedding guest letting loose on the dance floor during Shama and Amir’s Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel reception.

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Capturing all the antics on the dance floor during the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel ballroom reception.

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Shama and Amir surrounded by their friends and family on the dance floor of the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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Shama’s bridesmaids enjoying the Persian festivities at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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Capturing Shama’s reaction as Amir makes a “thank you” toast during their ballroom wedding reception.

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Wedding guests getting down on the dance floor at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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Looking down on the dance floor as the newly married couple celebrate with family and friends.

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Amir kisses Shama affectionately during their Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel wedding reception.

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Amir performs a traditional Persian knife dance during his lively wedding celebrations at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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Shama and Amir’s wedding guests form a conga line on the dance floor at the Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel.

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Shama dances with her mother-in-law during the vibrant celebrations in Marina Del Rey.

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Shama and Amir are lifted above the dance floor by their wedding guests in a traditional Persian ritual.

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The newly married couple are showered with flowers at the end of their Persian wedding reception in Marina Del Rey.

 

Wedding photos at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel:

I just loved the color and atmosphere of Shama and Amir’s Persian wedding at Marina Del Rey Marriott Hotel and can’t thank them enough for the priority they put on photography throughout the day. This allowed me to do what I really love to the full and I wish them so much joy and happiness in their married life together.

October 9, 2013

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