Temecula Lake Oak Meadows Wedding Photographer

Photographing friends’ weddings is especially fun for me, and Danny and Sahar’s wedding at Lake Oak Meadows in Temecula was no exception. There were so many wonderful things about the couple and the day that made this really special and memorable.

  • Danny and Sahar got married on my 5th wedding anniversary, so I was in an extra-sentimental mood and it was great to celebrate their wedding with my husband Matt there as a guest. I love that we’ll always be anniversary twins now.
  • Sahar’s brother read the very touching “Union” by Robert Fulghum during the ceremony, which was the exact same reading my brother read at our wedding. The tears were flowing a little behind my camera!
  • Sahar’s father literally wrote the book on The Persian Wedding, and I loved the way some of the traditional Persian ceremonies, like feeding each other honey and having sugar cones rubbed over the couple, were incorporated alongside modern elements. Many of the decor elements for these traditions – like the mirror, the lamp, the fabric for the sugar cones, the rug for the ceremony – were from Sahar’s parents wedding and brought over from Iran. It made those parts of the day all the more special that they had that history.
  • Sahar’s mom and aunt made her bouquet, her dad made the beautiful fruit crate centerpieces and pie stands, and several relatives helped with all the other flowers. Really beautiful DIY decor!
  • Their officiant was a friend who took advantage of California’s Deputy for a Day program to legally perform their ceremony and he did such a great job personalizing it for them.
  • Danny’s vows included a subtle reference that “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.” So awesome.
  • Sahar actually had walking pneumonia the whole week before and during the wedding! Not that you could tell from her amazing attitude and how much she glowed throughout the day, but she gets serious props for being such a trouper!
  • Danny’s nephews were probably the best reception dancers I’ve ever seen. They kept the party going all night with their breakdancing, splits, and general craziness/adorableness.
  • Instead of cutting a cake, they had a pie buffet. Yep, pie buffet!
Congratulations again, Danny and Sahar! Your wedding was beautiful and it was great sharing the day with you both!

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Special thanks to all the other vendors that helped make the day so lovely!

Venue – Lake Oak Meadows, Temecula

Caterer – A Catered Affair, Temecula

Pies – Pie ‘N Burger, Pasadena

Cinematographers – Killer Nostalgia

Sahar’s dress – Pronovias

Make Up Artist – Cecile Do

Hair – Homer, Homer Cuts

 

 

  • Lynsey T said:

    Great work! Outdoor weddings aren't always super easy to capture but you did a phenomenal job. Adore the wide ceremony shot!

  • nick said:

    holy awesome venue! great work! I love all the details and their portraits are stunners!

  • Sahar said:

    Thank you Jessica! We love the photos and had such a wonderful time working with you!!!

  • Great wedding, what a beautiful venue! Great coverage Jessica! Congrats Danny and Sahar

  • bryan said:

    love the photos of them walking/dancing. great stuff all around!

  • Great shots all the way Jessica everything comes together nicely! And beautiful location, details and styling!

  • Wow, Jessica, this bride is just beaming! What a lovely wedding and beautiful details. May I have a slice of pie?!

  • Every little detail about this wedding was breathtaking!! You did such a phenominal job capturing the little things as well as the big emotions. :D ...and...I adore her dress!!!!!

  • Danny said:

    Your detail shots are fantastic!

  • Awesome wedding. The pie buffet- wow! seriously great idea!! And, most cool to read fact no. 1 - in two weeks I'll be shooting a wedding on my 5 year anniversary, + the couple was sweet to invite my husband as a guest :)

  • Great photos! Great use of colours tones and location!

  • Erica said:

    So much happiness, you really captured the joy at this wedding and I love the portraits of the bride and groom. :)

  • Miles said:

    Beautiful wedding! Love those lights and the two little girls are so cute! :)

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