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Sarah and Ali, Married! | Persian American Wedding at Boston Marriott Long Wharf

I’m so psyched to kick off the busy wedding season with this jaw-dropping affair with two of the sweetest people I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Sarah and Ali wed Memorial Day weekend at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel in a sumptuous wedding that melded American and Persian traditions. This is a giant blog post, so read on!

When I entered, the first thing I noticed were Sarah’s Jimmy Choo shoes and ruffled Paloma Blanca dress. The light in the room was delicious and highlighted their beauty

Sarah was just glowing. GLOWING! Seriously, these images are nearly straight out of the camera

I usually don’t show any photos that reveal people’s last names on my blog. Just wanted to note that Sarah’s dress hung on a personalized hanger customized on etsy by LynnClaire, it was one of the first wedding purchases she’d made!

Did I mention how much I love veils? So soft, romantic, and truly bridal

All the flower work today is thanks to a Shang Chen Photography favorite, Orchids ‘n Blooms. I also had the great pleasure of having photojournalistic genius Johnny Arguedas as my second shooter. He got the top photo of the bridesmaid bouquets

Johnny also went over to the groom’s side to get groom photos

So many great moments in this wedding, starting with this one

First Look. Johnny’s view:

My view:

With one of the largest wedding parties in my 2012 wedding roster, Sarah and Ali’s bunch drew quite the crowd as we worked it at Christopher Columbus Park!

It was hot, hot, hot that day. Thank you Sarah and Ali for pushing it to get these beautiful portraits!

(btw, Sarah’s manicure is amazing)

Sarah and Ali’s wedding ceremony was a traditional Persian wedding ceremony. What that means is that there is a Sofreh Aghd, aka the wedding spread. Most notable is the large mirror (ayne-ye bakht), which brings light and brightness into the future. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve played on that theme throughout some of the detail photos by adding mirrors and reflections as well

All this work is done by the amazing Ghazal Sofreh Aghd

And yes, I do family formals! Thanks to the staff at Marriott, we cleared out this second floor lounge for its beautiful light

Throughout the Persian wedding ceremony, two bridesmaids hold a cloth over Sarah and Ali while the mothers rub sugar cones (kalleh ghand) on the top. This showering of sugar symbolizes sweetness and happiness

Ali’s father conducted the ceremony

I love wedding ceremonies that have a meaningful gifting gesture. Here, Ali’s sister and mother give Sarah a necklace, while Ali’s father fastens a gold chain on his wrist. This was a gold chain given by Ali’s mother to his father on their wedding day

Sarah and Ali gave me a bit more time during cocktail hour for a second round of photos. I highly recommend that most couples reserve 45 minutes for wedding party photos and one full hour for bride & groom photos. I do like capturing a couple more bride&groom photos after the ceremony especially when the light is amazing

And… BAM! I literally had this photo in mind for months. So happy we got it

The round motif made its way to the escort cards. The moss kissing balls came from etsy seller teresab123

Blue uplights helped accent the beautiful centerpieces with floating orchids and candles. The navy and blue cake came from Konditor Meister

Beautiful angle of the first dance by Johnny

A tender moment during the maids of honor speech

Even before dinner began, we all got some dancing in to Persian music

Sarah’s grandmother could not attend the wedding, but viewed via iPad. I love how technology can bridge and connect people for important occasions

Every parent dance moment was so meaningful

DJ Dariush kept the guests dancing into the night. To give a little context, the top left photo was when “Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO was playing and the lyric was “Ah… I work out” =) I think it’s one of the best moments on the dance floor!!

Everybody dance! (photo by Johnny)

Thank you so much Sarah and Ali for a beautiful love story that, at least with me, was 18 months in making! May your love continue to be sweeter than all the sugar and pastries present combined. Good luck with your new lives in Texas!

I have more photos! Family and guests, check out additional coverage on my Facebook album and be sure to like my page!


Photography by Shang Chen Photography, second shooter Johnny Arguedas
Venue and catering: Boston Marriot Long Wharf Hotel, Boston, MA
Bride’s dress: Paloma Blanca, purchased at La Reine, Waltham, MA
Bridemaid dresses: Madeleine’s Daughter, Portsmouth, NH
Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Florist: Orchids ‘n Blooms (Shang Chen Photography preferred vendor), Boston, MA
Hair: Wedding Tresses, serving Boston and Rhode Island
DJ: DJ Dariush
Invitations / paper: Vistaprint
Wedding cake: Konditor Meister, Boston, MA
Sofreh Aghd design: Ghazal Sofreh Aghd, New York, NY
Etsy shops: teresab123 for moss kissing balls, RomancingJuliet for birdcage card holder, rosebudlips for garter, and LynnClaire for personalized wedding dresshanger

…and if you’ve made it this far, some behind the scenes

Heeerrreee’s Johnny

I love fluffing dresses


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Shang Chen Photography has rebranded to Saavedra Photography
she takes photographs of celebrations of love and life
Based in NYC | Open for select photography commissions on Sundays only

May 31, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Emily Such a beautiful wedding! So amazing!!

May 31, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Mikhail Glabets terrific work shang! Very lovely!

May 31, 2012 - 11:41 pm

Dan Therrien Shang Chen, Thank you for all of the beautiful pictures you took at Sarah and Ali’s wedding. You are amazing! It was such a pleasure to meet you. It was a beautiful day. It was so nice that you could be there to capture the precious moments that day and share them on your wonderful web site. God bless you!

Sarah’s Dad

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