Melissa & Amir’s Wedding

Estate Yountville Wedding Nightingale Photography

Melissa and Amir were married on June 24th with a ceremony and reception at the Estate Yountville.

We staged a first look at the opulent and luxurious Estate Yountville. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley wine country, the Estate Yountville is one of those wedding venues that simply blows you away as soon as you set foot in it. We were thrilled that Melissa and Amir chose this as their backdrop!

Melissa and Amir’s Gorgeous Persian Wedding at the Estate Yountville

In addition to a stunning choice in venue, Melissa and Amir poured an incredible amount of thought into all of the little details. They wanted to reflect Amir’s Persian heritage, so they incorporated several symbolic items as well as a few traditions.

The table at the ceremony where the couple sat is called sofreh aghd, a traditional wedding ceremony spread where legal marriage and ceremonial traditions are exchanged. In Iran, where there are plenty of diverse religious backgrounds, the sofreh aghd is often practiced regardless of faith—and has been part of Persian weddings for thousands of years.

The many symbolic items that make up the sofreh aghd (which literally translates to “spread ceremony”) all represent elements of the couple’s new life together. For example, the women in the bridal party and the mothers rub pillars of sugar above their heads to sprinkle them with sugar to symbolize a “sweet life” together. Each sofreh is unique and has its own elements to reflect the style of the bride and groom in addition to the bride and groom’s personal style. Some designs are more elaborate and intricate, while others are simple and understated.

A Wine Country Wedding Reception

The reception, which was held on the property and in the barrel room, featured both Persian music and Western music. We thought it was the perfect way to honor the blended cultures of their marriage. Amir and Melissa also shared a first dance that was stunningly choreographed—Amir even picked her up in the air at the end of the dance!

Amir & Melissa, thank you for asking us to be part of your wedding dayand to provide your wedding photography. We loved seeing the blending of cultures that the two of you celebrated! Thanks also to the amazing work of the vendors at this wedding. Sasha Souza Events put together quite an amazing wedding, and AVL Entertainment kept us all having fun at the reception!

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Napa Valley Wedding Vendors:

Coordinator: Sasha Souza Events 

Florals: Erin Rochelle DeYoung for Sasha Souza Events 

Catering: The Estate Yountville 

Cake: Sweetie Pies 

Entertainment: AVL Entertainment 

Sofreh Aghd Design: Fancy Little Details

Rentals: Bright Event Rentals 

Additional Rentals: One True Love 

Linens: LaTavola Linen 

Event Documentation: Nightingale Photography 

Film: One Production Haus 

Personal Services: Wedding Ceremonies by Azin 

Hair & Makeup: Jessie Hoang

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