Wedding At Pasadena University Club In Pasadena, CA | Mahsa & Nathanael

Wedding At Pasadena University Club

MAHSA & NATHANAEL

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Wedding photos at Pasadena University Club:

I first heard from Mahsa and Nathanael last spring when they inquired about me capturing their wedding at Pasadena University Club. It’s a bit of a hidden gem and tucked away just a couple of blocks from Pasadena City Hall where I’ve shot numerous times. We got to meet up in person at their wedding venue about a month ago, giving us the opportunity to get to know one another better and for me to learn about their story.

This really sweet couple met online in Oakland and became engaged after Nathanael popped the question during a surprise birthday outing for Mahsa in Huntington Beach. They love to travel and go skydiving together, with both having a bit of an adventurous streak! They were planning a Persian wedding to honor Mahsa’s heritage, with around 100 of their closest family and friends attending. It was a day filled with so much love and emotions that was a pleasure to be a part of.

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Capturing a tender moment between Mahsa and Nathanael during their wedding portrait session at Pasadena City Hall.

 

Getting ready photos at Pasadena University Club:

Everything was taking place at Pasadena University Club, so my assistant and I met up there in the early afternoon to capture all the getting ready action. We began in Mahsa’s upstairs bridal suite where she was preparing with her mom, sister and best friend, although there wasn’t any official bridal party.

I captured photos of her having the final touches applied to her makeup and admiring her gorgeous dress while it was hanging in front of a shuttered window, as well as a special moment as she was embraced by her mom and sister. As she slipped into her dress, we then headed downstairs to where Nathanael was getting ready.

I grabbed a candid shot as he opened a box of cufflinks gifted from his bride, then photographed Mahsa’s dad helping to secure them. We then captured a few shots of the groom fixing his tie in the mirror and another as his dad straightened it before he opened another gift (this time socks) from his bride as the ring bearer watched on.

We then returned to Mahsa’s suite where she was dressed in her gorgeous gown and grabbed a photo as her mom helped to fluff her train and another as her sister secured her wedding shoes. After a few portraits of the bride looking radiant beside the shuttered windows, I captured a photo as her best friend helped to fix her necklace in place.

It was then time for the first look with her dad who was overjoyed at seeing his daughter looking so incredible on her wedding day. I captured some candid photos as they embraced and kissed one another on the cheek, then grabbed a portrait of the bride with both her mom and dad in the Pasadena University Club suite.

After a few final portraits of the bride with her bouquet, we walked downstairs to the gardens outside Pasadena University Club where the couple’s first look was to take place. I photographed Mahsa walking up behind her groom, then captured their reactions as they looked lovingly at one another and checked each other out.

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Mahsa having the final touches applied to her makeup while getting ready for her wedding at Pasadena University Club.

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The bride admires her gorgeous gown hanging in front of shuttered windows at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa having blush applied while standing beside the shuttered windows of her suite at Pasadena University Club.

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Capturing a special moment between Mahsa, her mom and sister while getting ready at Pasadena University Club.

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Nathanael opens a gift box containing cuff links from his bride while getting ready at Pasadena University Club.

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Nathanael opens a gift box containing cuff links from his bride while getting ready at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of Nathanael getting ready in his basement room at Pasadena University Club.

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A reflective photo of Nathanael getting ready for his wedding in a mirror at Pasadena University Club.

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Nathanael’s dad helps to straighten his tie while getting ready for the wedding at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of Nathanael doing up his suit jacket while preparing for his Pasadena University Club wedding.

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Nathanael opens a gift of socks from his bride, delivered by one of the cute ring bearers.

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Nathanael toasting with his friends as they prepared for his intimate Persian wedding at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa looking radiant in her gorgeous wedding dress as her mom and sister help to straighten it.

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Capturing a special moment between Mahsa and her mom as she steps into her wedding shoes at Pasadena University Club.

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A portrait of Mahsa securing one of her earrings beside a shuttered window at Pasadena University Club.

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A close-up portrait of Mahsa securing one of her earrings while preparing for her wedding at Pasadena University Club.

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One of Mahsa’s friends helps to secure her stunning necklace in their getting ready suite at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of Mahsa peeking out the shuttered windows of Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa and her father go to embrace during their first look session at Pasadena University Club.

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Capturing a special moment between Mahsa and her dad during their father-daughter first look session at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa and her dad kiss one another on the cheek during their father-daughter first look in Pasadena.

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portrait of Mahsa with her mom and dad in the elegant getting ready suite of Pasadena University Club.

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A portrait of Mahsa looking stunning in her wedding dress while holding her bouquet at Pasadena University Club.

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A portrait of Mahsa looking down towards her bouquet during her wedding photo session at Pasadena University Club.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Pasadena City Hall:

We captured a few portraits of the loved-up couple at Pasadena University Club before making the short drive over to Pasadena City Hall for a more extensive wedding portrait session. Beginning with some family formals in front of the ornate fountain, I then captured some portraits of the bride and groom individually backed by the surrounding hedge.

The Pasadena City Hall offers no shortage of elegant backdrops for couple portraits, including elevated balconies, a wrought iron staircase and, of course, the fountain. We took full advantage of all of them throughout this romantic wedding portrait session, with warm embraces and plenty of loving looks between the bride and groom. After a creative, low-angle shot of the couple incorporating an interior ceiling, we stepped outside for a wide-angle portrait on the grand staircase at the entrance to Pasadena City Hall.

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Mahsa walking up behind Nathanael during their first look session outside Pasadena University Club.

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Capturing Mahsa and Nathanael’s reactions during their romantic first look session at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa smiles lovingly at Nathanael during their garden first look session at Pasadena University Club.

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Nathanael admires his beautiful bride while they hold hands in the gardens of Pasadena University Club.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom during their romantic wedding portrait session in Pasadena.

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Mahsa and Nathanael look lovingly at one another during their Pasadena University Club wedding portrait session.

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Mahsa and Nathanael walk hand-in-hand through the grounds of Pasadena University Club.

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A portrait of the bride and groom embracing on one of the garden walkways outside Pasadena University Club.

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A portrait of Mahsa, Nathanael and their immediate family members in front of the Pasadena City Hall fountain.

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A portrait of the beautiful bride holding her bouquet on a leafy pathway at Pasadena City Hall.

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A casual portrait of the groom with his hands in his pockets during the wedding photo session at Pasadena City Hall.

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Mahsa showing off her stunning train beside the ornate fountain at Pasadena City Hall.

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A portrait of Nathanael adjusting one of his cuff links in the leafy grounds of Pasadena City Hall.

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A creative shot capturing a close-up of Mahsa’s beautiful bouquet during the Pasadena City Hall wedding portrait session.

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Mahsa and Nathanael look lovingly into one another’s eyes in front of the ornate fountain at Pasadena City Hall.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the bride and groom on an elevated balcony at Pasadena City Hall.

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Nathanael leads Mahsa up a sweeping, wrought-iron staircase during their Pasadena City Hall wedding portrait session.

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Nathanael tenderly kisses Mahsa on the forehead in front of the Pasadena City Hall fountain.

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A creative, low-angle portrait of the bride and groom embracing beneath the gorgeous architecture of Pasadena City Hall.

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Mahsa and Nathanael relaxing on a balcony amidst the elegant architecture of Pasadena City Hall.

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The bride and groom place their faces together beneath the soaring tower of Pasadena City Hall.

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Mahsa and Nathanael embrace in front of a staircase during their elegant wedding portrait session in Pasadena.

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Nathanael tenderly kisses Mahsa’s hand on a balcony during their Pasadena City Hall wedding portrait session.

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Mahsa and Nathanael look lovingly at one another in front of the gorgeous fountain at Pasadena City Hall.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom during their Pasadena City Hall wedding portrait session.

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The couple walk hand-in-hand through the gardens of Pasadena City Hall during their wedding portrait session.

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A wide-angle portrait of the couple embracing on the grand staircase of Pasadena City Hall.

 

Ceremony photos at Pasadena University Club:

It was then time to return to Pasadena University Club where there were a few final preparations before the ceremony started. I photographed Mahsa and Nathanael giving presents to their flower girls and ring bearer, as well as a reflective black and white as Mahsa secured her veil.

The bride was then escorted down the aisle on the arm of her dad, with Nathanael looking on proudly as she walked towards him. The proceedings began with a short Western-style wedding ceremony officiated by the groom’s dad, with the couple exchanging incredibly sweet, personalized vows.

This was followed by a traditional Persian wedding ceremony officiated by Mahsa’s dad, with the couple seated behind a beautifully decorated Sofreh table. I captured candid photos as they were covered with a lace cloth and had a sugar cane shaken above their heads (in what is a Persian wedding tradition), as well as some special exchanges between the couple.

Mahsa and Nathanael sealed their marriage with a kiss, which was followed by the ring exchange and the couple feeding one another honey. They then made their recessional walk down the aisle to be congratulated by family and friends in the courtyard of Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa gives a present to one of her cute flower girls in the library of Pasadena University Club.

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A ring bearer tosses a football gifted to him by the bride and groom at Pasadena University Club.

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A black and white candid photo of the flower girls looking out the window at Pasadena University Club.

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Capturing a special moment between Mahsa and her friend while preparing for the Pasadena University Club wedding.

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A reflective photo of Mahsa putting on her veil in a mirror at Pasadena University Club while her sister watches.

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A reflective black and white photo of Mahsa’s friend helping to secure her veil in their getting ready suite.

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A portrait of Mahsa ready to go and reflected in her suite mirror at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa’s dad escorts her down the aisle at the start of her Persian wedding ceremony in Pasadena.

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Capturing Nathanael’s reaction as he watched Mahsa walk down the aisle at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of Mahsa embracing her dad while being given away during her Pasadena courtyard wedding.

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Nathanael’s dad wipes away tears as Mahsa walks towards him at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of Nathanael reading his personalized vows to Mahsa during their Pasadena courtyard wedding.

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Capturing Mahsa’s reaction as Nathanael read his vows during their intimate wedding ceremony at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of Mahsa reading her vows in front of the couple’s beautiful Sofreh table at Pasadena University Club.

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The bride and groom are covered by a lace cloth while a sugar cane is shaken above during their Persian wedding.

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A candid photo of Mahsa’s sister shaking the sugar cane above the couple’s head during the Persian wedding ceremony.

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Capturing a special exchange between Mahsa and Nathanael during their intimate wedding ceremony at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa and Nathanael sit behind their beautifully decorated Sofreh table in the courtyard of Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of Mahsa whispering something to Nathanael during their Persian wedding ceremony.

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Mahsa’s mom and best friend watch on during the intimate courtyard wedding ceremony at Pasadena University Club.

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A wide-angle shot of Mahsa’s dad officiating during the traditional Persian wedding ceremony at Pasadena University Club.

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A creative shot of Mahsa and Nathanael listening to the bride’s father speak during the Persian wedding ceremony.

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Mahsa and Nathanael kiss behind their Sofreh table while their wedding guests congratulate them at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa and Nathanael share a laugh after being pronounced “husband and wife” during their Pasadena University Club wedding ceremony.

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A candid photo of Mahsa placing a ring on Nathanael’s finger during their Persian wedding ceremony.

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A candid photo of Nathanael feeding Mahsa honey in what is a traditional Persian wedding ritual.

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Mahsa smiles while feeding honey to Nathanael during their Persian wedding ceremony in Pasadena.

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Mahsa and Nathanael make their recessional walk down the aisle while family and friends congratulate them.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Pasadena University Club:

The newlyweds took a few moments out to spend together, then returned to their courtyard wedding ceremony venue for a short portrait session. I captured photos of them reflected in their Sofreh mirror, with both up-close and wide-angle shots of this gorgeous scene. Towards the end of their cocktail hour, one of Mahsa’s friends sang for them and I photographed their reactions as they watched on arm-in-arm.

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A reflective portrait of Mahsa and Nathanael in the mirror of their Sofreh table at Pasadena University Club.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the bride and groom while seated behind their Sofreh table.

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A reflective portrait of the bride and groom looking lovingly at one another during their Persian wedding photo session.

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Mahsa and Nathanael embrace during their wedding portrait session at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of one of Mahsa’s friends singing a song during the cocktail hour at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of Mahsa and Nathanael watching on while a friend sings at their cocktail hour.

 

Reception photos at Pasadena University Club:

Mahsa and Nathanael kicked off their wedding reception proceedings with a choreographed first dance before everyone was invited up to get the party started. Dinner was then served, accompanied by speeches from the couple’s siblings and friends, as well as a few words from Mahsa’s dad as the bride and groom listened in from their sweetheart table.

After the father-daughter dance, everyone again hit the dance floor, with young and old celebrating in style. At one point, the bride was showered with dollar bills in another Persian wedding tradition and her cute flower girl quickly picked them all up!

Mahsa and Nathanael both tried their best to playfully put frosting on one another’s faces during their cake-cutting ceremony, then made a thank you toast to their guests. The party kicked on until midnight, ending with Nathanael dipping and kissing his bride in the center of the dance floor.

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Mahsa and Nathanael perform a choreographed first dance during their Pasadena University Club reception.

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An action shot of Mahsa and Nathanael’s first dance during the reception at Pasadena University Club.

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Nathanael dips Mahsa at the end of their first dance in the reception venue of Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of the bride and groom enjoying the dance floor with their family and friends at Pasadena University Club.

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One of the cute flower girls dancing with her mom during the Pasadena University Club reception.

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Mahsa and Nathanael letting loose on the dance floor with their wedding guests at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of Nathanael’s parents enjoying the dance floor at Pasadena University Club.

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An elevated view of Mahsa and Nathanael having fun on the dance floor during their Pasadena wedding reception.

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Mahsa’s brother makes a reception speech while the couple listen in from their flower-adorned sweetheart table.

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Nathanael tenderly kisses Mahsa’s hand while seated at their Pasadena University Club sweetheart table.

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A candid photo of Mahsa’s sister making a reception speech at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa’s father makes a speech during the private club wedding reception at Pasadena University Club.

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Capturing Mahsa and Nathanael’s reactions at their sweetheart table during speeches and toasts.

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Mahsa and her dad perform their father-daughter dance during the Pasadena University Club reception.

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A candid photo of two cute flower girls dancing with their mom at Pasadena University Club.

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A candid photo of wedding guests dancing beside the bar at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa enjoying the dance floor with her brothers during the lively wedding reception at Pasadena University Club.

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One of Mahsa’s brothers dancing with his partner during the Pasadena University Club wedding reception.

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A candid photo of Mahsa dancing with her mom as dollar bills are showered over her in what is a Persian wedding tradition.

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A cute flower girl with handful of dollar bills she picked up off the dance floor at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa tries to put frosting on Nathanael’s face during their cake-cutting ceremony at Pasadena University Club.

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Mahsa and Nathanael make a champagne toast to thank their wedding guests at Pasadena University Club.

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A fun photo of a wedding guest letting loose on the dance floor at Pasadena University Club.

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Capturing a special moment between Mahsa and her mom on the dance floor at Pasadena University Club.

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A young flower girl having fun with a wedding guest on the dance floor at Pasadena University Club.

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Nathanael dips and kisses Mahsa on the dance floor during their Pasadena University Club wedding reception.

 

Wedding photos at Pasadena University Club:

Mahsa and Nathanael’s wedding at Pasadena University Club was such an action-packed day, filled with wonderful moments that I was honored to be a part of. I wish them all the happiness in their married life together and I hope this sneak peek helps them to relive their special day.

June 29, 2019

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