One evening rain was forecast throughout the day, the next day rain was said to hold off until night time. Truth is, we had no idea what we may be in for on Sarah and Aria’s wedding day this past Saturday but we lucked out! A beautiful sunset cast a glow over the bride and groom, guests and officiants as their vows were exchanged.
Coming from two different religions, Sarah and Aria had a split ceremony with the first half of their ceremony dedicated to Aria’s Zoroastrianism and the second half dedicated to Sarah’s Christianity. Those of you who do not know me well won’t know that I am a theology and cultural nerd. One of my favorite things to do is research and learn all about religions and cultures. Having not been made aware of Zoroastrianism before, I decided it was time for a bit of fun learning! Aria was incredibly helpful and told me about the pieces on the Zoroastrian table and their special meanings. Scroll down to their ceremony portion for more on that!
The Inn at Vint Hill greets guests with a beautiful brick manor tucked away off of Vint Hill where Warrenton and Bristow meet. The entire wedding day was held at my favorite venue (yes, this is basically my favorite venue!)
Sarah and her ladies (and bridesman Reggie!) got ready in the gorgeous Bride’s room, while Aria and the groomsmen were ushered to the billiard room.
Maintaining tradition, Sarah and Aria opted for my favorite thing ever… a blind First Look. As a traditionalist myself, I love it when couples keep their first look for the actual moment the bride walks down the aisle. I knoooooow, that’s not modern, it’s not popular, it’s not easy on timelines, but I don’t capture weddings just to make my work stand out. I capture weddings because I really am head over heels in love with a couple who is genuinely in love… and I love to tell that story.
Sarah and Aria are incredibly thoughtful and kind people. It was no surprise that their gifts to one another were as thoughtful and genuine.
We were closing in on Walk Down the Aisle time, so Sarah took a moment with her mom, grandmother and bridesmaids (and brideman) as I headed out to prepare for the ceremony and meet with my friend and second photographer, Matt.
Zoroastrianism sees fire is a central symbol of their faith; a symbol representing God’s light and wisdom, and that the elements are pure.
The tension, the nerves, the moment. As family and friends sat and watched Aria walk up to the site of the altar and greet each of his groomsmen with a shake and a hug, the moment had come for Sarah to greet Aria down the aisle. Wrapped around her father’s left arm, Sarah walked down the aisle with the biggest, happiest smile I have seen. It was not a ceremony of nerves and anxiousness. It became a celebration! Smiles and laughter throughout their ceremony, officiated by both a Zoroastrian priest and a Christian minister (Sarah’s uncle!), brought both sides together in beautiful unity.
This wedding day had a tight timeline. And I mean TIGHT. We were racing against the sun, which kept dipping behind the clouds. After the ceremony it was a quick, chaotic but fun heap of family formals held on the front lawn of the Inn, with encouragement to let Sarah and Aria get on with their portraits because, as much as I do my best… I cannot tell the sun to stop setting.
Sarah and Aria and their families knocked the formals out of the park! In no time at all we caught the remaining bits of sunset, locked in some gorgeous blue hour photos (this is my new favorite time!) and sent them off to their massive celebration behind the Inn at the tent. While Sarah and Aria enjoyed some private portrait time, their family and friends took a chance to reunite at cocktail hour.
Aria warned me that the Persian’s loved to dance. I had no idea how much, and I had soooo much fun capturing all the happy family and friends dancing at the reception!
Their first dance as husband and wife only kicked off an amazing reception. Laughter, smiles and fun never left that dance floor. The cutting of their beautiful cake took place in the sea of celebrants, only to get Sarah and Aria back on the dance floor, leading the way for a night to remember.
Sarah and Aria, your day was amazing. From beginning to end. It was a remarkable and authentic representation of your happily ever after. Thank you for letting me capture this day!
Primary Photograper: Brittany Renee Photography
Second Photographer: Matt Ha
Venue & Catering: Inn at Vint Hill
Florist: Creations in Bloom
Bridal Gown: Ellis Bridals of London
Veil: Family heirloom
Boutique: White Swan Bridal
Men’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Shoes: Michael Kors
DJ: Adam Carluccio