Azy and Tommy | Intimate Wedding with Persian Touches | Cucina Toscana Reception

I've known Azy for 6 years or so. She is a special person, who is full of life and attracts people to her. I met Tommy the day of their wedding . I can tell, he's pretty great, too. And...their dog, Maggie? What a cutie.

From Azy's short and chic Calvin Klein dress to the bluebird skies and blossoming trees, and sparkling reception at Cucina Toscana (yum), their day was just perfect.

The wedding ceremony was an intimate affair at Tommy's parents' gorgeous contemporary home in the Avenues area of Salt Lake City. Azy is originally from Iran, so the couple incorporated some Persian wedding traditions into their ceremony. As a wedding photographer, it's always a treat to experience and learn about wedding traditions from around the world.

A lovely cocktail hour of mingling and champagne, commenced after the ceremony. I will admit, I had a little bit of a shoe and glass "problem" that day. Everyone wore great shoes, which I couldn't stop photographing. You can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. The light filtering through glasses was so beautiful to me, I couldn't stop taking pictures of those either.

The party was moved to Cucina Toscana, one of Salt Lake City's most delicious restaurants, for an elegant dinner. The ambiance was perfect--natural light from the old windows mingled with candle light. White table cloths, china and silver, place cards done in hand-calligraphy, and parrot tulips graced the tables.

Azy and Tommy, I'm so happy for you. You look beautiful together and I can see how happy you make each other. I look forward to hanging out with you more, and seeing what the future holds for you!

Getting-ready...

Tommy's mom, channeling Audrey Hepburn...

Tommy and Azy chose to do a First Look so they could do their portraits before the ceremony and be free to enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests. In the First Look, a couple sees each other before the ceremony, but it's still a special surprise. I feel that it allows you to really enjoy your ceremony more, since the initial nerves are out of the way.

I couldn't have asked for a better location for portraits...

I think Tommy may love Maggie, the dog, almost as much as he loves Azy!

Azy's cocktail wedding dress was so chic and stylish...

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The traditional Persian wedding spread, the Sofreh Aghd. The mirror on the mantel serves "to bring light & brightness into the future".  The pomegranates are "for a joyous future, the fruits of heaven". The flat bread reads, "Congratulations".

The couple's closest friends and family attended the ceremony and reception...

Tears...

...and laughter made for an emotional ceremony

Honey to ensure sweetness in life...

A beautiful moment between Azy and her father, and congratulatory hugs from her mom...

The customized M & Ms sported Maggie's (the dog) cute face...

I've been shot! Har, har, har...

Everyone who attended the ceremony...

The rainy weather broke for this beautiful wedding day, and trees donned their first blossoms...

Reception time at Cucina Toscana...

Dreamy...

I loved the calligraphy on the place cards--hand done...