I don't even know where to start. I've been looking and looking at these photos thinking, I can't actually post THAT many, but I finally had to just give up and give in

Marcos & Kalindi's wedding in West Virginia was one of the most unusual, visually stunning events I've ever had the opportunity to photograph. Kalindi and Marcos live in Mexico, in a town/village called Oaxaca. They are very involved with the community there, but chose to get married at Kalindi's family home in the mountains of West Virginia for it's beauty and atmosphere for their union.

I can see why. The second you pull up the driveway, you know you're somewhere special. This is the theme of the home:

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There were all kinds of artifacts and things to look at and marvel at:

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The flowers for the summer wedding: sunflowers of course! And the rampant wildflowers all over the property didn't hurt either:

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Kalindi was an effervescent bride, who smiled and enjoyed every second of her day:

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And the house....let's just say it was enchanting and amazing!

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Kalindi's dad had to look his best too:

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Marcos got ready and then enjoyed some Mezcal with his friends:

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Kalindi slipped into a gorgeous lace and tulle gown:

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She could have worn anything, but this dress was really special:

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I just couldn't get enough of the colors and flowers!

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Marcos holding an intricate little ring box:

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I hardly ever post group photos, especially groomsmen, but I just love the casual feel of this:

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The ceremony location for their Persian ceremony:

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A few of their carefully chosen items, gold coins and fans to keep their guests cool:

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This is probably my favorite father/daughter walking down the aisle shot ever:

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*a sidenote--Michael Richards (Kramer on Seinfeld) was there! He's a friend of the groom. He's also a photographer and couldn't resist capturing a few moments--Michael Norwood who second shot for me on this job got quite a kick out of it! He was VERY respectful of us, and quite chatty about photography. Not your average wedding Uncle Bob!!

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Anyway, back to the regularly scheduled programming: Kalindi's dad was so sweet giving her away:

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I just LOVE Persian ceremonies. I love Persian weddings too--I actually have always wanted one, but since neither Jeff or I are Persian, I was pretty much out of luck:

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Kalindi looking at Marcos. They wrote their own vows, and one line I'll never forget is when Kalindi said, "I wish to see you with a thousand eyes...". So beautiful!

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Marcos looking at Kalindi: You could so easily feel their love through the whole ceremony:

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Just married!

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I could have chosen any one of a thousand spots on their property that all would have been perfect for portraits:

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I had to settle for a few--this one is a favorite of mine too:

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This one just has something about it I can't stop looking at:

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I wish there were places like this to have weddings here in California!

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I *heart* this shot:

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A little black and white here and there for variety can't hurt:

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A spot so magical I never wanted to leave:

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It had amazing light in every direction--how do you do that West Virginia?!

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Seriously--Kalindi belongs on the cover of a magazine. Marcos, you're not bad either ;)

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Who doesn't love an old barn?

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Time to go mingle!

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The cocktail hour was spread out through the courtyard area:

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I just wanted to hang out here--even with all these people it had a sense of peace about it:

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They had a bluegrass band called Brown Chicken Brown Cow! Michael shot this one:

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My first ever wedding hookah lounge! What a rad idea:

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There is an Iranian tradition where the couple dances with a large knife around the cake--I loved it!

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It was so fun!

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Of course there was a garter toss--and amazing lighting inside the structure they had built for the wedding in the backyard:

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The party was craaaazy! It was so much fun, not a single person sat the whole time!

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I'll be posting their Indian ceremony and fireworks show that happened the next day soon, so check back!

**major thanks to Michael Norwood and A & T of Cana VP for shooting this with me!


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