{ October 28th, 2017 }
San Francisco, CA

I was tending bar in Walnut Creek, when Zohreh and Mitch sat at the counter at the early stages of an epic-busy night.  I was telling my friend about an amazing wedding I had just shot with another company, when Zohreh and Mitch cut me off and asked me if I was a wedding videographer.

“Wedding cinematographer” I said jokingly (but also a little seriously) as I poured shots of Fireball for college kids.  
As I continued to muddle, shake, strain and clean for the rest of the night we chatted about their upcoming wedding, and their plans to have a Persian Wedding “sofreh” during the ceremony.  I had never seen or heard of a sofreh, despite growing up with multiple Iranian close friends. 

We hit it off and made plans to make a wedding film.  

One of the first things I noticed about Zohreh and Mitch, was how they constantly looked each other in the eyes and you could tell that there was a wealth of information-transfer in those looks.  

While the Bentley Reserve is a huge piece of wedding venue eye-candy, it was almost outdone by the sofreh.  This rich layout of silver, mirrors, eggs and other heavily symbolic items was like nothing I’d ever seen before.

The ceremony proceeded with Mitch and Zohreh facing the audience, as the officiant beautifully read poetry in Farsi (and kindly translated to english as well).  The Kalleh Ghand ritual was my highlight: a happily married woman rubs two sugar cones together, over the Tureh Ghand (sugar cloth) while held over the couple’s head to shower their life and marriage with sweetness.

For days after the wedding, I had about three different Lana Del Ray songs stuck in my head, as Zohreh was a huge fan and I am not ashamed to admit I am as well.

“Mitch,” said Mitch’s brother during his speech.  “Gramps would be proud of the man you’ve become.”

“And Zohreh, you’re getting a great guy.  And I can tell you he will love you and cherish you like Gramps did Granny.”

Venue: The Bentley Reserve
Photographer: Abbie Leigh