Delumpa Photography | San Francisco Bay Area Wedding | Olga & Arash

San Francisco Bay Area Wedding | Olga & Arash

February 19, 2016

A wedding is a union between two people and a celebration of not only what brought them together, but also the acceptance of their uniqueness.  Olga & Arash wanted to celebrate both sides of their respective cultures with a Catholic ceremony at St. Elizabeth Seton in Pleasanton and a Persian ceremony at the Doubletree Newark.  Both ceremonies, each with their own unique symbolic gestures and rituals, celebrated Olga & Arash's love beautifully.

Whether it's the endearing looks that Olga gives Arash, or their unbridled passion for each other regardless of who's watching, these two are very, very much in love. 

- J & M



{Olga & Arash's Vendor Team}

Catholic Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth Seton, Pleasanton | Persian Ceremony & Reception Venue: Doubletree Newark | Photographer: Delumpa Photography (Marianne, Jeff, & Jaymee) | Florist: Yoli's Flowers | Cake: The Olde Towne Danville Bakery | Make-up Artist: Sonia Hui | Spanish Guitarist: David Correa | DJ: Aim2Pleez











































































































The "Sofreh-ye Aghd" is the beautiful and elaborate spread on the floor of the Persian ceremony.  The "Aayeneh-ye Bakht" (Mirror of Fate and Candelabras), symbols of light and fire, represent Olga & Arash and the brightness in their future.   Tradition has it that when Olga sits down next to Arash and removes her veil, her reflection in the mirror is the first thing that Arash sees.  All the different herbs and spices all symbolize various things to guard the couple from evil spirits and intentions.  






Sitting under the canopy symbolizes that Olga & Arash are now together under the same roof.  The bridesmaids then proceed to take turns rubbing sugar cones above the canopy, to "shower" the couple in sweetness.




The honey exchange - the part where Arash dips his finger into a bowl of honey and feeds it to Olga and she does same for him, symbolizes that they will feed each other sweetness and sustenance throughout their lives.




































































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