Redwoods Wedding from Jorge Roberto Ramirez Photography

A walk through the deep Redwoods of Santa Cruz, California sets the perfect scene for an outdoor wedding.  A bride who grew up surrounded by forest mountains, and her groom who enjoys morning surfs, fall in love and celebrate their wedding surrounded by nature.  A ceremony under the trees, Persian food and desserts, Hawaiian music, and a gorgeous venue, create a beautiful wedding full of love and laughter.  Jorge Roberto Ramirez Photography captures all the beauty of this nature loving wedding.

What our bride told us…

Kiro and I had a “bi-cultural budget” wedding. We were both college students. Kiro grew up in Hawaii and I am Iranian, so we wanted to blend our cultures in our wedding. We did that in a few great ways. All the men wore Hawaiian leis during the ceremony, which looked so beautiful. We had  bags of macadamia nuts for guests. We had a few of my young relatives learn a Hawaiian dance and perform it during the reception. I think this was a huge hit. We played a lot of Hawaiian/reggae music throughout the night. The cake had a Hawaiian influence with orchids and bamboo design. We also had a cardboard cutout of a guy surfing and holding a brunette. Guests had a lot of fun taking pictures with the cutout.For the Iranian influence, we had Persian food and most of the desserts were Persian. There were Persian readings during the ceremony.  My grandfather, who was executed in Iran for being a Baha’i, was included in the ceremony by playing a recording of him chanting.  Also, lots of Persian music throughout the night.We got married at Bosch Baha’i School, which was actually where we first met 5 years earlier. The venue had a special significance to our relationship. It was an outdoor venue, so after the ceremony, Kiro picked me up and carried me down the dirt path. It was a fun way to go down the aisle as a married couple.
We made a fun CD for the guests of our favorite songs as a couple, which were also featured throughout the wedding (e.g. during the ceremony, first dance, bouquet toss, etc..)

We really had a lot of help from friends and family to pull off the wedding for 180 guests under $6,000. My aunt and a friend’s mom did the flowers. My friend took pictures. My mom cooked all the food. My family made deserts. My friend got me a great deal on a DJ.

My favorite part of the night had to be the slide show my cousin created, which told our story through pictures, songs, and funny moments.

Overall, our wedding was a memorable night, and we wouldn’t have been able to pull it off without all the love and support of our friends and family.

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