Wedding At Hotel Irvine

Oct 10, 2017

SUGANDHA & FARZAN

Locations:

  • Getting ready location: Hotel Irvine in Irvine, CA (bride and groom)
  • Ceremony and reception location: Hotel Irvine in Irvine, CA (bride and groom)

 

Introduction:

Sugandha and Farzan first contacted me just over a year ago about photographing their e-session in Laguna Beach. They both live out in Arizona but were planning a wedding in Southern California, although at that time they still hadn’t made any final decisions about a photographer. So I was really honored that following the e-session they decided to book me to capture this multicultural wedding at Hotel Irvine.

Sugandha is of Indian ancestry and Farzan is Persian, so they were planning on incorporating a few elements of each into what would be a predominantly Persian/western celebration. Everything was going to be happening in the one place at Hotel Irvine, which meant there was a really nice flow to the day and we didn’t have to spend time driving from one location to the next.

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A portrait of the newly married couple on their wedding day at Hotel Irvine in Southern California.

 

Getting ready photos at Hotel Irvine:

We kicked things off around noon, with my second photographer capturing Farzan and the boys as they made their final preparations while I was with Sugandha and her bridesmaids. I captured a silhouette shot as the bride had the final touches done to her makeup and admired her gorgeous gown in the suite window, as well as some candid photos as she shared in this special moment with her bridesmaids, mom and sister.

I photographed as the girls helped the bride into her dress and a black and white as her sister and mom secured her jewelry, then captured a few shots as she read a note card from her groom-to-be. It was then time for the first look with her dad, who was undeniably proud at seeing his daughter looking so radiant. I grabbed some candids as Sugandha’s mom and sister watched on, then a family portrait of them all together during this special moment.

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A silhouette shot of Sugandha having the final touches done to her makeup in a suite at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha’s mom and sister watch on as the bride has the final touches done to her makeup in a suite at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha admires her gorgeous wedding gown with her mom and sister in a suite at Hotel Irvine.

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Capturing a special moment between the bride, her mom and sister in a suite at Hotel Irvine.

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A playful shot of Sugandha and her bridesmaids in their dressing gowns in a suite at Hotel Irvine.

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Capturing a tender moment between Sugandha and her mom as they prepared for the wedding at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha’s bridesmaids help to secure her bridal gown as they were getting ready at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha’s mom secures a gorgeous bracelet around her daughter’s wrist as they prepared for the Hotel Irvine wedding.

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A beautiful black and white candid shot of Sugandha’s mom and sister fixing her earrings in a suite at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha’s mom and sister assist her into her wedding shoes as they were getting ready at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha’s mom and sister “fluff” her wedding dress as they prepared for the Hotel Irvine wedding.

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Sugandha reads a note card from her groom in a beautifully lit suite at Hotel Irvine in Southern California.

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Sugandha wipes away tears as she reads a card from Farzan, with her mom and bridesmaids watching on.

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Capturing the first look between Sugandha and her dad in a suite at Hotel Irvine in Southern California.

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Sugandha’s mom and sister watch on during the first look with her dad in a suite at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha embraces her dad during their first look at Hotel Irvine in Southern California.

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A portrait of Sugandha with her sister and parents as they prepared for the Hotel Irvine wedding.

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A portrait of Sugandha in her stunning wedding dress within one of the beautifully lit suites at Hotel Irvine.

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A portrait of Sugandha looking out her suite window as she prepared for the Hotel Irvine wedding.

 

Pre-ceremony portraits at Hotel Irvine:

With a little bit of time before her first look with Farzan, I grabbed some portraits of Sugandha in the beautifully-lit suite window in her stunning dress. Then we headed downstairs to a quiet area at the back of Hotel Irvine where she was going to see her groom.

I photographed Sugandha walking towards Farzan, then the reactions of both of them as they turned to see one another. We used the time available for some couple portraits in front of the green hedge, as well as across the street at a modern architectural building. I grabbed shots of them embracing on a tree-lined walkway and Farzan kissing his bride’s hand affectionately, as well as a few portraits of Sugandha with her bridesmaids in their bright pink and purple dresses.

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Sugandha walks towards Farzan during their first look session outside Hotel Irvine in Southern California.

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The bride and groom capture their first glimpse of each other on their wedding day at Hotel Irvine.

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Capturing a tender moment between the bride and groom during their first look at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha and Farzan walk hand-in-hand beside a modern building during their Irvine portrait session.

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Capturing an intimate embrace between Sugandha and Farzan during their Hotel Irvine portrait session.

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Sugandha’s bridesmaids blow her kisses while holding their beautiful bouquets in the gardens of Hotel Irvine.

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A portrait of Sugandha with her beautiful bridesmaids in their pink and purple colored dresses.

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A tender moment between the bride and groom, backed by a green hedge in the gardens of Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha and Farzan embrace on a tree-lined avenue in the beautiful gardens of Hotel Irvine.

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Farzan kisses Sugandha’s hand tenderly during their wedding portrait session at Hotel Irvine.

 

Ceremony photos at Hotel Irvine:

It was then time for the wedding ceremony at Hotel Irvine to take place, which was being held in the courtyard garden. The late-afternoon light was absolutely perfect as Farzan was escorted down the aisle by his parents, then watched as his bride walked towards him.

I captured the reactions of both sets of parents during this special occasion, as well as those of the bridal party as they supported Sugandha and Farzan. The couple had decided to incorporate a few Persian elements into the wedding ceremony, with a lavishly adorned Sofreh table in front of them. I captured candid shots as the officiant sprinkled rice on them and they offered one another drinks, as well as the moment they signed the official marriage license with their parents.

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Farzan’s parents escort him down the aisle at the start of his courtyard ceremony at Hotel Irvine.

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Farzan embraces his mom at the start of his Persian wedding in the gardens of Hotel Irvine.

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Capturing Farzan’s reaction as he watches his bride walk down the aisle in the courtyard of Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha’s father escorts her down the aisle during the courtyard wedding at Hotel Irvine.

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Capturing the reaction of Sugandha’s mom and sister as the bride walked down the aisle at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha’s father embraces Farzan at the altar as he gives his daughter away during the Persian wedding ceremony.

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A wide-angle shot looking down the aisle during Sugandha and Farzan’s Persian wedding at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha says “I do” to Farzan while seated behind their Sofreh table during the Persian wedding ceremony.

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Capturing the reactions of Sugandha’s beautiful bridesmaids during the courtyard wedding at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha and Farzan exchange rings during their Persian wedding ceremony in Irvine.

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The officiant performs a Persian wedding ritual during Sugandha and Farzan’s Hotel Irvine garden ceremony.

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Sugandha and Farzan were all smiles during their beautiful courtyard wedding ceremony at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha and Farzan perform a Persian wedding ritual while seated behind their Sofreh table.

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The newly married couple are embraced by their moms during the garden wedding ceremony at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha, Farzan and their parents sign the official marriage license at the Sofreh table following their Persian wedding ceremony.

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Sugandha and Farzan make their recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife” following their Persian wedding ceremony.

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Sugandha and Farzan are congratulated by their bridal party following the Persian wedding at Hotel Irvine.

 

Post-ceremony portraits at Hotel Irvine:

After making their joyous recessional walk down the aisle as “husband and wife”, I grabbed the newly weds for a few portraits behind their Sofreh table. We also snuck into the glamorous ballroom where their reception was to take place for some romantic portraits on the beautifully-lit dance floor.

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Capturing a kiss between the newly weds behind their Sofreh table in the gardens of Hotel Irvine.

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A portrait of Sugandha and Farzan standing hand-in-hand within their glamorous ballroom at Hotel Irvine.

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Farzan dips Sugandha on the dance floor in front of their sweetheart table within the Hotel Irvine ballroom.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the newlyweds in their reception ballroom at Hotel Irvine.

 

Reception photos at Hotel Irvine:

As the cocktail hour came to an end, it was time for the party to get started, with Sugandha and Farzan performing a choreographed first dance with lifts and dips to kick things off. I grabbed some candid shots of both sets of parents as they watched on proudly, then everyone hit the dance floor to celebrate.

I tried to capture all the energy and festivities from multiple angles, with both young and old letting loose to mark this memorable occasion. There was a pause for speeches from the best man and maid-of-honor, then a “thank you” toast from the couple to their wedding guests. After the cake cutting ceremony, I managed to get everyone onto the dance floor for a group shot before the music ignited the ballroom once again.

The night concluded with Sugandha and Farzan being showered with petals in a traditional Persian flower dance, ending what had been an incredible day.

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Sugandha and Farzan perform their first dance on the white dance floor of Hotel Irvine’s reception ballroom.

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Farzan lifts Sugandha during their choreographed first dance in the ballroom of Hotel Irvine.

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The newly married couple illuminated in shades of pink on the dance floor of Hotel Irvine’s ballroom.

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Farzan dips Sugandha while their family and friends watch on in the glamorous ballroom of Hotel Irvine.

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Capturing the reactions of Farzan’s parents during the opulent ballroom reception at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha’s parents celebrate the marriage of their daughter in the ballroom of Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha and Farzan on the dance floor, surrounded by their family and friends, at Hotel Irvine.

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A young wedding guest enjoying the festivities during Sugandha and Farzan’s reception.

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Wedding guests celebrate the union of Sugandha and Farzan in the ballroom of Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha is lifted above the dance floor on a chair during her energetic wedding reception in Irvine.

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A tiny wedding guest on the dance floor with her dad in the glamorous ballroom of Hotel Irvine.

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A creative shot capturing all the energy of the dance floor during Sugandha and Farzan’s ballroom reception.

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The newly married couple letting loose on the dance floor during their Persian-Indian wedding celebrations.

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A wedding guest pulling moves on the dance floor to celebrate Sugandha and Farzan’s marriage.

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Capturing a sweet moment between the bride and a young wedding guest during the ballroom reception.

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The MC encouraging Farzan to serenade his bride on the dance floor of Hotel Irvine’s ballroom.

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Farzan’s parents enjoying the dance floor with the newly weds and their family and friends.

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A close-up shot of Sugandha and Farzan on the dance floor during their glamorous ballroom reception.

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Farzan’s best man makes a speech for the newlyweds during the Hotel Irvine wedding reception.

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Capturing the reactions of Sugandha and Farzan while speeches and toasts were made during their ballroom reception.

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The newlyweds share a laugh during the maid-of-honor’s speech in the ballroom of Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha and Farzan make a toast to their family and friends during the ballroom reception in Irvine.

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Farzan’s parents watch on proudly during their son’s wedding reception at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha and Farzan perform their cake-cutting ceremony during the Hotel Irvine ballroom reception.

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A group shot of Sugandha and Farzan kissing, surrounded by their wedding party, in the ballroom of Hotel Irvine.

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Farzan’s best man and Sugandha’s sister enjoying the dance floor during the ballroom reception.

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An elevated shot of Sugandha letting loose on the dance floor with her family and friends at Hotel Irvine.

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Sugandha and Farzan’s dads hit the dance floor together during the multicultural wedding reception.

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Farzan enjoying the dance floor with his groomsmen during the Hotel Irvine ballroom reception.

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A wedding guest takes a selfie with the bride and groom during the Hotel Irvine celebrations.

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Wedding guests enjoying the dance floor during Sugandha and Farzan’s wedding reception at Hotel Irvine.

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Capturing an intimate moment between the bride and groom on the dance floor of Hotel Irvine’s ballroom.

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A creative view looking down on the dance floor to capture all the energy of Sugandha and Farzan’s wedding reception.

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Two female wedding guests enjoying the festivities in the glamorous ballroom of Hotel Irvine.

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Farzan letting loose on the dance floor with his groomsmen during the Hotel Irvine wedding reception.

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Sugandha and Farzan were full of joy as they celebrated their marriage with family and friends at Hotel Irvine.

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An action shot of Sugandha’s bouquet toss on the dance floor of Hotel Irvine’s ballroom.

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Sugandha and Farzan are showered with flower petals and money in what is a Persian wedding tradition.

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Petals shower Sugandha and Farzan during the traditional Persian flower dance at the end of their reception.

 

Conclusion:

I want to thank Sugandha and Farzan for selecting me to capture their incredible wedding at Hotel Irvine, which was infused with so much emotion and excitement. I wish them all the best as they embark on this new chapter together and in their professional lives in Arizona.

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