Wedding At Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa

Sep 20, 2017

ALMA & TRAVIS

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Introduction:

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.

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The newly married couple kiss behind the Sofreh table during their Persian wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

 

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.

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A close-up shot of Alma having the final touches applied to her makeup as she was getting ready at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma adds a few final words to her vows as she sits beside her gorgeous bridal gown in a villa at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing a special moment between Alma, her mom and mother-in-law in a private villa at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma takes a moment to admire her stunning wedding dress in a naturally-lit window at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma’s bridesmaids help her step into her wedding dress as they were getting ready at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing Alma’s emotional mother-in-law at seeing her daughter looking so radiant on her wedding day.

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Alma’s bridesmaids help to secure her wedding dress as they prepared in a private villa at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma’s mother-in-law helps secure her necklace as they prepared for her Persian wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing a tender moment between Alma and her mom in their private villa at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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lma’s bridesmaids help to “fluff” her wedding dress as they were getting ready in one of the elegant villas at Arden Hills.

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A portrait of Alma looking absolutely stunning as he looked out her villa window at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma opens a gift from her groom on the morning of her Persian wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma’s maid-of-honor helps to secure her veil as they were getting ready in a private villa at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing a special moment between Alma, her mom and mother-in-law on the morning of her Persian wedding in Sacramento.

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Alma, her bridesmaids and flower girl looking radiant in one of the elegant villas at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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A shot capturing the back of Alma’s stunning wedding dress in a naturally-lit window of her Arden Hills villa.

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Alma’s step-dad arrives for their first look in her private villa at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing a special moment between Alma and her step-dad during their first look at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma with her mom and step-dad on the morning of her Persian wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

 

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.

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Travis checks his watch on arrival at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa for his first look session.

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Alma prepares to walk downstairs to her waiting groom during their first look at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma walks down a set of stairs at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa during her first look session with Travis.

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Capturing the reactions of the bride and groom’s parents during the first look session at Arden Hills.

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Alma and Travis capture their first glimpse of one another on their wedding day at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis look lovingly into one another’s eyes during their first look at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis kiss on a staircase at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa during their Persian wedding celebrations.

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Travis kisses Alma’s hand affectionately during their romantic wedding portrait session at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom, framed by an elegant staircase at Arden Hills.

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An intimate moment between Alma and Travis during their loved-up wedding portrait session at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

 

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.

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A kiss between the bride and groom as they traveled in a party bus over to the California State Capitol.

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Travis pops a bottle of champagne as the bridal party rode a party to the California State Capitol.

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Alma and her bridesmaids make a champagne toast in a luxury bus as they headed to her Sacramento portrait session.

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Capturing a kiss between the bride and groom in their luxury party bus in Sacramento.

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Alma and her adorable flower girl walk across the black and white tiles of the California State Capitol.

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Alma surrounded by her beautiful bridesmaids in musk pink dresses during their California State Capitol portrait session.

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A portrait of Alma in front of a grand entrance at the California State Capitol during her Sacramento wedding photo session.

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Alma and Travis kiss, surrounded by their bridesmaids, groomsmen and flower girl at the California State Capitol.

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A wide angle portrait of Alma and Travis in front of the elegant California State Capitol in Sacramento.

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Alma and Travis stand hand-in-hand in one of the elegant colonnades of the California State Capitol.

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A romantic portrait of Alma and Travis leaning up against a pillar during their California State Capitol wedding photo session.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the couple as they embraced at the California State Capitol.

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Alma and Travis embrace beneath the sprawling trees of the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

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A playful portrait of Alma embracing Travis during their garden photo session at the California State Capitol.

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An intimate portrait of the bride and groom embracing, backed by the lush greenery of the California State Capitol.

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A sophisticated portrait of Alma and Travis leaning up against a column during their California State Capitol wedding photo session.

 

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.

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Capturing a special moment between Travis and his parents at the start of his Persian wedding ceremony at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Travis was all smiles as he watched his bride walk down the aisle during their courtyard ceremony at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma’s brothers escort her down the aisle of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa during her courtyard ceremony.

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A black and white candid shot of Alma’s brother lifting her veil during the Persian wedding ceremony.

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Travis embraces Alma’s brother as he gives her away during the Persian courtyard wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing a sweet exchange between Alma and Travis at the start of their Persian wedding ceremony.

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Alma’s mom and step-day watch on during the courtyard ceremony at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma kisses Travis’ hand affectionately following their ring exchange in the Arden Hills courtyard.

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Travis reciprocates by kissing Alma’s hand tenderly during their Persian wedding ceremony.

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Travis’ groomsmen stand at his side as he marries Alma at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Travis holds the microphone for Alma as she reads her vows during the Arden Hills wedding ceremony.

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Alma wipes away tears as Travis reads his vows during their Persian wedding ceremony at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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A cloth is held above the heads of the bride and groom in what is a Persian wedding tradition.

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Alma’s eight bridesmaids looking gorgeous in their musk pink dresses during the Arden Hills wedding ceremony.

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Alma and Travis feed each other honey in what is a Persian wedding tradition at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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A candid shot of Alma and Travis both beaming during their courtyard wedding ceremony at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis kiss after being officially wed at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa in Sacramento.

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Travis’ parents celebrate as their son marries Alma in the courtyard of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis make their recessional walk as “husband and wife” in the courtyard of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma’s mother offers a necklace as a gift following the Persian wedding ceremony at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma’s step-dad offers a watch to Travis as a wedding gift at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis receive gifts from the groom’s parents during their Persian wedding celebrations at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

 

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.

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A reflective portrait of the bride and groom in a mirror on their Sofreh table during the Persian wedding celebrations.

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Capturing a loving exchange between the newlyweds during their portrait session at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis dance in the golden hour sunlight during their Arden Hills wedding portrait session.

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A close-up portrait of Alma and Travis kissing during their sunset portrait session at Arden Hills in Sacramento.

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Alma and Travis kiss next to the Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa fountain following their Persian wedding ceremony.

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A whimsical portrait of Alma and Travis embracing during their sunset wedding photo session at Arden Hills.

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Alma and Travis look lovingly into each other’s eyes during their sunset portrait session at Arden Hills.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the bride and groom during the sunset golden hour.

 

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.

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Alma and Travis make their grand entrance into the ballroom reception at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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The newly married couple were all smiles as they were welcomed into their ballroom reception at Arden Hills.

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Alma dances with her mom and mother-in-law during the ballroom reception at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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A creative shot of the dance floor energy during Alma and Travis’ Arden Hills ballroom reception.

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Alma dancing with her father-in-law during the reception festivities at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Family and friends enjoying the dance floor during Alma and Travis’ ballroom reception.

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Alma letting loose on the dance floor to celebrate her Persian wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Travis enjoying his ballroom reception at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa in Sacramento.

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Capturing Alma’s expression as she celebrated her marriage to Travis with family and friends at Arden Hills.

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Alma’s brother downs a bottle of champagne during their festivities at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis perform their first dance on the stunning dance floor of the Arden Hills ballroom.

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The newly married couple kiss at the end of their first dance during the ballroom reception at Arden Hills.

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Alma and Travis embrace tenderly in front of their Sofreh table at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Travis letting loose on the dance floor with one of Alma’s brothers in the ballroom at Arden Hills.

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Alma celebrates with family and friends during her ballroom reception at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Travis’ brother and wife enjoying the dance floor at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma’s friends balloon her gorgeous wedding dress on the dance floor of the Arden Hills ballroom.

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A wedding guest getting down on the dance floor during Alma and Travis’ ballroom reception in Sacramento.

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Alma’s brother embraces her warmly during the Persian wedding celebrations at Arden Hills.

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Alma makes a grand entrance in her second bridal gown during the Arden Hills ballroom reception.

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Alma and Travis kiss in front of their “LOVE” sign in the ballroom of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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A portrait of Alma and Travis standing atop their monogram ballroom floor at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing the reactions of Alma and Travis as speeches and toasts are made during their ballroom reception.

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Alma’s step-dad and step-brother watch on during the speeches and toasts at Arden Hills.

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Travis’ mom makes a speech during the Persian ballroom reception at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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A candid black and white shot of Travis’ father listening in as speeches and toasts were made.

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Travis embraces his mom after her emotional speech during the Arden Hills ballroom wedding reception.

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Capturing the bride and groom’s reactions as speeches and toasts were made during their ballroom reception.

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Alma and Travis share a laugh during her brother’s speech at the Arden Hills wedding reception.

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The newly married couple react to speeches and toasts at their sweetheart table in the Arden Hills ballroom.

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Alma playfully displays Travis’ heavily shined shoes during their ballroom reception at Arden Hills.

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Alma kisses her brother on the cheek following his reception speech at Arden Hills in Sacramento.

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One of Alma’s brothers makes a speech and toast to the newly married couple during their Sacramento reception.

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Capturing a sweet exchange between the newly married couple at their sweetheart table.

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Alma’s brother makes a speech during the Persian wedding celebrations at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing the reactions of Alma and Travis as speeches and toasts were made during their Arden Hills reception.

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Alma and her step-dad perform the father-daughter dance during her Persian wedding reception.

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Travis watches on as Alma and her step-dad perform their father-daughter dance in the ballroom of Arden Hills.

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Travis’ mom wipes away his tears during their emotional mother-son dance at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma wipes away tears as she watched Travis dance with his mom, accompanied by family and friends.

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An emotional moment during the mother-son dance at Travis’ Arden Hills wedding reception.

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A traditional Persian dancer performs during Alma and Travis’ Arden Hills ballroom reception.

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Alma watches on during the traditional Persian dance performance of her Arden Hills reception.

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Alma joins in during the traditional Persian dance performance in the ballroom of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and a traditional Persian dancer perform in the ballroom of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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A traditional Persian knife dance is performed during Alma and Travis’ Arden Hills reception.

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A wedding guest “making it rain” during the traditional Persian knife dance at Arden Hills in Sacramento.

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Capturing a tender moment between Alma and Travis during their Persian wedding celebrations.

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One of Alma’s bridesmaids playfully bribes Travis in exchange for the cake cutting knife.

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Travis offers one of the bridesmaids money in exchange for a knife during the Persian wedding reception.

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Money is exchanged for the cake cutting knife in what is a playful Persian wedding tradition.

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Alma and Travis say a few words to their wedding guests during the ballroom reception at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis perform their cake cutting ceremony during the Arden Hills ballroom reception.

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The newly married couple feed one another cake during their Arden Hills ballroom wedding reception.

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Alma and Travis make a champagne toast during their cake cutting ceremony at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing a special moment between Alma and her parents-in-law during the reception festivities at Arden Hills.

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Travis carries his dad across the dance floor during the lively reception at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Wedding guests enjoying the reception celebrations during Alma and Travis’ Persian wedding.

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Travis is lifted into the air above the dance floor during the lively reception party at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Wedding guests pose on the dance floor during Alma and Travis’ Arden Hills ballroom reception.

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Travis’ male friends and family lift him onto their shoulders during the Persian wedding reception at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Travis’ mom takes a selfie with her friends during the Arden Hills ballroom wedding reception.

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Travis is lifted above the dance floor on a chair during the Persian wedding reception at Arden Hills.

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Capturing Alma’s reaction as she is lifted above the dance floor on a chair during her Arden Hills ballroom reception.

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An action shot of Travis dipping Alma on the dance floor during their fun-filled reception at Arden Hills.

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Alma enjoy the dance floor, surrounded by her family and friends, in the ballroom of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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The best man is carried across the dance floor by Travis and one of his groomsmen during the Arden Hills reception.

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Travis kisses Alma’s hand affectionately on the ballroom dance floor of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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An action shot capturing Alma’s bouquet toss during the ballroom reception at Arden Hills in Sacramento.

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Travis gets playful during the garter removal at his Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa ballroom reception.

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A playful shot of Travis searching for Alma’s garter during their Arden Hills wedding reception.

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An action shot of Travis tossing the garter on the ballroom dance floor of Arden Hills.

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Travis lifts his friend into the air and across the Arden Hills dance floor after catching Alma’s garter.

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A group shot of Alma and Travis’ wedding party in the glamorous ballroom of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis are showered with flower petals by their family and friends at the end of their Persian wedding reception.

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The newly married couple kiss as they are showered with petals on the ballroom dance floor of Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Alma and Travis make their grand sparkler exit from the ballroom at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Travis lifts Alma into the air and kisses her during their grand sparkler exit at 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.

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A sophisticated nighttime portrait of Alma and Travis at the top of a staircase at Arden Hills.

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Capturing an intimate kiss between the newly married couple during their nighttime portrait session at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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A creative reflective portrait of Alma and Travis in their private villa at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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A black and white portrait of the newly married couple at the base of a sweeping staircase at Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between Alma and Travis during their Arden Hills nighttime portrait session.

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A wide-angle off-camera flash portrait of Alma and Travis outside Arden Hills Resort Club And Spa.

 

Conclusion:

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.

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