Sara and Shoghi get married in Guildford

Registry Office wedding followed by celebrations at The Seasons Cafe


I really enjoy my job as a wedding photographer, not least because I get to be a part of wonderful celebrations of two people in love and the joining of two families, but also because I get to meet so many interesting people and learn a little about different cultures and traditions.  I was excited to shoot Sara and Shoghi’s wedding after hearing about their plans and their mix of modern and more traditional persian elements.  It’s still not a common thing to do here today but Sara and Shoghi got ready together at home and arrived at Guildford Registry office. Both felt that this made their day more special and relaxing for them and they could support each other on the run up to the ceremony.  Then, following on from that ceremony, we could not wait to see what Owen Lavin of Little Lillies their florist had in store for them at their reception venue as he worked on an installation there!  So please feast your eyes on just a few of the photos from their day. I’m so pleased that everything came together for them.  The bouquets made entirely out of succulents went so beautifully with the rich dark green skirts of the bridesmaid dresses, and that moss wall installation behind the sweetheart table was just amazing.  Also very pleased that their maserati was ready in time for the wedding as I also got a surprise treat and had a ride in it with them! Thank you for the lift Sara and Shoghi – what a treat!

Dyptich of bride portrait under a willow tree
portrait of groom smiling in blue suit and sunglasses under a willow tree
bride and groom portrait on a bridge at the University of Surrey campus Guildford
bride and groom on a bridge at the University of Surrey campus Guildford by Jenny Owens Photography
The tipsy pigs camerbar outside Guildford Cathedral
View of the Seasons Cafe, Guildford Cathedral during wedding celebrations taken by Jenny Owens Photography
The seasons cafe set up for Sara and Shoghi's wedding

The traditional elements were with the persian ceremony part of their day which I had not experienced before. It did not disappoint: after feasting on delicious food and cocktails (provided by the Tipsy Pigs), some impromptu dancing by family, the day moved on to incorporate a sofreh aghd, a ceremonial tradition infront of a “spread” with each element within it holding a special meaning for the happy couple’s new life together.

Dyptich of sweetheart table with moss backdrop and a persian wedding spread on silver
dusky pink roses on moss centerpiece by owen Lavin taken by Jenny Owens Photography
elements from the sofreh aghd portion of Guidlford wedding couple
cacti and succulent wedding bouquets on wooden table at The Seasons cafe Guildford
persian wedding ceremony dyptich
photo of Sara and Shoghi's traditional persian ceremony at Guildford
View of blue maserati infront of Guildford Cathedral with wedding guests
Dyptich of wedding guests outside Guildford Cathedral and the bride and bridesmaids on the other
succulent bouquets by Owen Lavin held away from brdie in ivory and Bridesmaids in dark green skirts
wedding party casually posed along pillars at Guildford Cathedral by Jenny Owens Photography

What a wedding and what a day. Hope the rest of the evening went well and have a fab time on your honeymoon!

Sara and Shoghi’s wedding suppliers:

Tipsy Pigs: caterer running Seasons at Guildford Cathedral and VW camperbar
Little Lillies: florist, Owen Lavin
Fusion Sound and Light: dry hire of speakers and lights, Tom Rose
Heaters Bakery: Doughnuts

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