April 24, 2020
One of my favorite reasons I love living in the desert is because we can still have beautiful outdoor weddings, even in the middle of January! And this was certainly the case for Farnaz and Brian’s Saguaro Buttes wedding venue in Tucson, AZ. Farnaz and Brian fused multiple cultures together for their wedding celebration. The wedding began with a Persian ceremony, taking place behind an elaborate spread decorated with many symbolic items all representing an element of marriage for the couple’s new life together. Afterward, they stepped forward for a traditional American ceremony. The cocktail hour paid homage to his Hispanic roots with a Mariachi band and the reception was a little mix of everything. I learned about a Persian wedding custom, known as the cake knife dance, that begins the cake cutting ceremony. When the bride and groom are ready to cut the cake, they have to earn the knife. It starts out with one of their bridesmaids dancing with the knife. The couple then offers money to them in exchange for the knife, when they pretend to take the money, only to give the knife to another bridesmaid to continue the knife dance. This continues until the last bridesmaid decides they have been won over by the given money and will give the bride and groom their cake knife in exchange. And how gorgeous is that fondant ruffle wedding cake with ombré florals by Ambrosia Cakes!?
They hosted a simple and elegant affair that fulfilled her dream for a white floral wedding with pops of burgundy and navy. Farnaz and her incredible florist, Colleen with Atelier de La Fleur florals, wanted her ceremony to be adorned and beautifully fragrant with flowers when she walked down the aisle. Additionally, the translation of tuberose in Persian is Maryam, the bride’s mom’s name, so it was very important to her to have them in every arrangement. The bridal gown was a simple silk ivory ball gown with a sparkly illusion back enclosed with lace detail. The bridesmaids wore long, burgundy dresses, with each one choosing a style that complemented her features. She also had four honorary bridesmaids to help with the Persian ceremony, who wore sparkly dresses in light metallic colors, to enhance the design of the ceremony spread.
Brian and Farnaz love with their whole hearts and it was evident in how they interacted with each other and everyone around them. Tears and laughter permeated the day and it was an honor to be the one to capture every single one of these precious moments. It was a joy-filled celebration with family, tradition, and being with one another as the focus. Thank you both for choosing me to take these photos that will become a legacy for future generations. Congrats again!
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Pure in Art Photography is a Wedding Photographer, Engagement Photographer, Boudoir Photographer, Portrait Photographer, and Destination Wedding Photographer based in Tucson, Arizona. Serving Arizona, including Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Vail, Green Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Flagstaff, Sedona. Available for destination travels worldwide. Featured on The Knot, Wedding Wire, Best Tucson Weddings, and Tucson Bride & Groom. Graduate from The International Academy of Wedding Photographers.