Category: Event Photography

The #SayreIdo Nuptials: A Sand Plum Event Center Wedding, Guthrie, OK {Oklahoma Wedding Photographer}

I have been so busy with work that I haven’t had a chance to update my blog with this gorgeous winter wedding… #SayreIdo.  Don’t you just love their hashtag!?!  Created by using the groom’s last name, it couldn’t be more perfect to share their special day on social media!  I’ve known the bride’s family for nearly 15 years.  Cami was about the same age as my daughter is now when we met.   So needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled when they asked me to document their special day!   Here’s just a “few” of my favorites from the day’s events.

Cami and Garrett – It was truly an honor to document this day for you!  I pray that you’ll cherish these memories for years to come!  Many blessings to you both!  xoxo :)

Gorgeous bride…

a few quick bridal portraits… Cami, you look STUNNING!

and the handsome brother of the bride!

Love this sweet moment between these two…

Sherri, my second shooter grabbed these of me haha!  Photographer, corsage pinner, gown fixer, jack of all trades! :)

So sweet…

Love these two wonderful ladies!

Father’s first look…

Oh dear, I’m tearing up just looking at these next few…

This elegant venue is amazing!

I love the way she looks at him.

What a FUN group!

Amazing ballroom!

I hope you are always smiling at each other this way!

So precious, this flower girl!!

These bring me to tears… love this family!

Let the party begin…

LOVE is a very splendid thing!

Floral | Christi Gulley Custom Floral Designs

 Venue | Sand Plum Event Center

Bridal Gown | Beloved Bridal 

Bridal party hair & makeup | Benika Islam

Music | Ernie Tullis

Special thanks to my assistant for this wedding, Sherri Smith of CreativeSight Photography :)  Couldn’t have done it without ya!

Until next time!

Be a Blessing,

Missy :)

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Azin + Greg | Persian Wedding Celebration {Oklahoma Lifestyle Photographer}

When my long time friend and former co-worker contacted me about photographing his sister’s Persian wedding, I was thrilled at the opportunity to document their ceremony.  Never having photographed this type of wedding before, I knew I had better do some research to make sure I didn’t miss one single important detail.   I love learning about how cultures different from mine celebrate their special occasions! Let me show you some of my favorites from the formals we did at Gaillardia before I get started with the ceremony…

Now on to the ceremony!  Azin and Greg were married in a traditional Persian ceremony at her parents beautiful home in Oklahoma City.  They live in California so meeting with them before the actual wedding was impossible.  But luckily I received many details before hand so I came prepared!   When I met them, I just knew it was going to be a great day!  They are both so lovely and such a sweet couple.  I truly enjoyed working with them and meeting all of their family.  I was so impressed by the love and joy shared in this tradition.  Here are a few shots of Azin getting ready.

During the ceremony formally called “Aghd”, an elaborate spread, called a Sofreh, is set on the floor in front of the couple and is adorned with lavish sweets and ornaments, each symbolizing a different meaning and blessing for the couple.

Here is a short explanation of some of the symbolism surrounding the Sofreh.

  • The Koran symbolizes God’s blessing for the couple
  • One large mirror – light and brightness for the future
  • Two candelabras – the sun’s fire and energy
  • Spice tray – to guard against the evil eye
  • Flatbread – prosperity for the feasts and couple’s life
  • Decorated eggs, almonds, and hazelnuts – fertility
  • Apples and  pomegranates – love and health
  • Crystallized sugar – to sweeten life for the newly-weds
  • Gold coins – wealth and prosperity
  • Termeh –traditional Persian cloth that symbolizes family and tradition
  • Wild Rue – keeps the evil eye away and brings health
  • Ghand cloth – a shawl that is held over the bride and groom by happily married female relatives
  • Two large sugar cones – ground together above the bride and groom over the shawl above their heads to shower them with sweetness
  • Honey – immediately after being married, the bride and groom will dip their pinkies into the honey and feed it to each symbolizing sweetness in their new life together

At this point, the bride and groom are seated facing the mirror. The officiant arrives and reads the vows and a few lines about the institution of marriage.  After a few blessings, the bride is asked first, in Persian tradition, if she accepts the grooms hand in marriage.  The bride traditionally plays coy and makes her groom wait before she answers right away.  Then she says yes on the third try,  and the groom is asked if he will say yes to the question.  They are announced husband and wife.  Honey is presented to them and they dip their fingers to ensure a sweet and happy life together.

During the service, female members of the bride’s family hold over the couple’s head a white silky Ghand cloth. Two pieces of crystallized sugar called Kalleh Ghand shaped like cones are rubbed together, showering the couple with white powder. This symbolic act is meant to sweeten the couple’s life.  After this, the couple is literally showered with gifts from each member of the family, usually in the form of jewely and money.  Azin and Greg are very blessed!

Friends and family flew in from California, and from around the world, to celebrate with this beautiful couple.  The reception, held at Gaillardia Country Club, is called Jashn-e Aroosi, and is a celebration of feasting, music, and a lot of dancing.  And when I say a lot, I do mean a LOT of dancing!  Persians take the saying “dance till dawn” seriously! :)

The floral arrangements, provided by Howard Brothers Florist, were absolutely outstanding. 

Beautiful cake by La Baguette Bistro

Had to include a shot of me and my friend Ashkan, the bride’s brother!

One of my favorite parts of the night was the knife dance, traditionally called the Raghseh Chagoo.  This is where the groom has to convince a member of the bride’s family to give him the knife to cut the cake.  Set to music, this playful dance was between Azin’s sister-in-law, mother and even her young cousin took part!  They steal the cake cutting knife and the couple tries to retrieve it.   Greg tried to use money but that didn’t seem to work! :)   Eventually the knife was returned and the cake was served, and the dancing resumed!  It was very entertaining.

Now… remember that dancing I told you about… :)

Congratulations to you both, Azin and Greg!   Thanks for letting me be a part of your special day!

CEREMONY: private residence in OKC

RECEPTION: Gaillardia Country Club

BRIDAL GOWN: Maggie Sottero Mia, San Francisco, CA

HAIR/MAKE-UP: Maryam Rezaie

BRIDE CAKE/GROOM CAKE: LaBaguette Bistro

MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Pejman Rasekh

FLORAL: Howard Brothers Florist - Gaillardia; Negar Karimi – home

VIDEOGRAPHY: Randy Poff of Digital Video Productions

Very special thanks to my friend Sherri of Creative Sight Photography for assisting me with this wedding! You ROCK girl! :)

Until next time!

Be a Blessing,

Missy
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Crabtown Reception {Okahoma Wedding Photographer}

Well I had a minor health set back this month, but thankfully I’m back in the saddle, feeling rested and ready to go!   (Quick thanks to everyone for your prayers, support and patience!)  It’s about time I shared these.  :)   In June, I posted this wedding featuring bright summer colors and a beautiful couple at their lakehouse near Lake Texoma… now it’s time to share the reception held a month later back in Oklahoma City.  It was just as lovely (and downright FUN!)  Take a look…

This awesome cake was made by my friend Andrea, from Uniquely Yours Custom Cakes by Andrea.  (She does all kinds of cakes… check her out, she does a FABulous job!)

 I had so much fun planning and celebrating with my sweet friend and her new hubby!  You guys are awesome and I love you both dearly! :)   Many blessings to you!!

VENUE: Pearl’s Crabtown in Bricktown, OKC

FLORAL/DECOR: provided by bride and Yours Truly

ENTERTAINMENT: D.J. the DJ :)

CAKE: Uniquely Yours Custom Cakes by Andrea

Until next time,

Be a Blessing,

Missy

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Giron Wedding – The Palace Event Center Yukon, OK {Oklahoma Wedding Photographer}

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of assisting at this beautiful wedding with my friend, Sherri Smith of Creative Sight Photography.   This was my first time to shoot at this venue, The Palace Event Center, and I LOVED it!   Hope I have the opportunity to shoot here again soon!  Here’s some favorites I grabbed from the evening.

LOVED her flowers!

Getting ready to see her groom… such a sweet moment!

Such a beautiful bride!

Fun bride and groom!  They weren’t afraid to get down and shake their groove thang!  LOVE it!

Woohooo… MARRIED!

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Until next time!

Be a blessing,

Missy