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Zahra and Ryan’s stylish wedding took place at the Ralston Hall Mansion in Belmont. This classically beautiful venue was an amazing setting for a Persian wedding as it had the extravagance of a mansion but with the coziness of someone’s warm house. It was also hard to believe that there were deer just grazing on the lawn in the front – surreal! We had a blast photographing Zahra and Ryan’s portraits inside and outside of the mansion. It was awesome just to see them let go and become the perfect models in front of our cameras.

Persian Bride getting ready wedding photo at the Ralston Mansion in Belmont

Bride posing next to a mirror during a Persian Wedding

Bride and Groom photo in the Ralston Hall at Notre Dame de Namur University Mansion

Veil flying high for Zahra and Ryan's Wedding Photos

Groom posing by the mirror photo

Persian Bride and Groom wedding picture with deer

Bride and Groom photo on the campus of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont

Elegant and vintage wedding style

Bride posing outside of the Ralston Hall

Bride with a long veil

It was also great to witness and take photos of their Persian wedding ceremony. The Sofreh Aghd is the name of the centerpiece used during the ceremony and it was beautifully decorated with symbolic items such as a mirror, bread, coins, walnuts, honey, and crystallized sugar. The bride and groom were seated on a bench in front of the Sofreh while relatives held a cloth above the couple’s head and were grinding two cones of sugar to shower the couple’s life with sweetness.

Persian wedding details on the Sofreh including honey, bread, and crystallized sugars

Persian wedding ceremony photo

Ralston Hall Wedding Photo

Bride at Ralston Hall in Belmont

The Persian wedding ceremony photos were followed by a lavish cocktail hour and reception:

Persian wedding first dance at the Ralston Hall

Guests dancing in Persian wedding reception photos

Catering for this wedding was provided by Chris and the talented team at Culinary Excellence. They did an amazing job with the dinner as well as the cake and mouthwatering desert bar.

Drinks and appetizers catering at a Persian reception at Ralston Hall

Cake and desert buffet photo at a wedding reception

Dancing at a weding reception

Guests dancing at a Persian wedding

Toasts at a reception in Belmont

Candid moment of laughter at a wedding

Ralston Hall in Belmont

We were thrilled to shoot the wedding photos for this awesome celebration! Congratulations to Zahra and Ryan on this wonderful day :)

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Mike and Nat are a husband and wife photography team based in San Francisco Bay Area. Their relaxed style allows them to capture authentic moments while creating a stress-free experience. Choco Studio photographs weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Napa, Sonoma, Carmel, and Monterey.