It’s not very often we see so much happen in a single wedding. My friend, Pittsburgh wedding photographer Joe Appel, asked me to second shoot for him at Yegi and Reza’s beautiful Oheka Castle wedding in July. And I’m truly happy with the wonderful collection of Oheka Castle wedding pictures I made for both him and the couple that day, because we were up against a lot!
When Joe and I arrived, Yegi was in a bit of a panic. As it turns out, her makeup artist thought Yegi and Reza’s wedding was the following week and ended up being hours late to the wedding. As a result, Yegi was walking around the castle with little to do and the thought of being photographed wasn’t stellar. Joe and I photographed some of the wedding day details during that time period instead, and then I went to hang out with Reza while Joe helped Yegi.
Reza’s suite had the most interesting mix of people and things. Champagne and tea always go together, right? Man after my own heart right there. I mostly hung out with him and his family watching
soccer football until Reza was ready to dress, then wait for Yegi to dress as well.
After their first look, we started to wander outside only to see a rainstorm was just moving into the area. It was about this time when I started thinking, man they just can’t catch a break!
They made the tough decision to keep the ceremony outdoors, Yegi’s dream. We all checked radar. We hoped for the best. In the meantime, Joe and I made some portraits for them in the library at Oheka Castle. Here, Yegi is leaning out to check how badly it was raining.
Most of the other women were still getting their makeup applied upstairs during this whole time, so we made the most of the quiet moments in the library.
Yegi’s magnificent Vera Wang wedding gown kept pulling my interest. It filtered light in such a lovely way.
Just as the venue staff was still insisting on moving the wedding ceremony indoors, the clouds broke and the afternoon turned into a promise of something better – something fitting for their wedding. Their families eagerly helped dry all the chairs and ready the ceremony area.
Oheka Castle Wedding Ceremony
Yegi and Reza walked down the aisle together into their Persian wedding ceremony at Oheka Castle. I love when couples come in together. It’s just a beautiful statement about marriage.
Persian wedding ceremonies have some of the best traditions. The sugar cones, the feeding honey, all in front of such a gorgeous spread.
Due to both of the early afternoon’s complicating factors, their ceremony was quite late and ending just as the sun set. We hurried to make the most of the last few minutes of glow to make some memorable wedding portraits for Reza and Yegi.
The landscape around Oheka is very pretty, but nothing compared to the backdrop of the building itself at sunset. With the gardens still damp from the afternoon rain, we chose to keep to the back of the castle and catch the last of golden hour.
During cocktail hour we caught our first breather for the day and also created some of the decor photos below. The flowers in citrus colors were my favorites I’ve seen at Oheka. They’re a good balance for the grand ballroom without causing visual distractions.
Towards the end of the hour, Yegi let us know she wanted a surprised photographed. She’d prepared a private piano recital for her husband and wanted a few memories of the moments.
Oheka Castle Wedding Reception
Receptions with Oheka Castle wedding pictures always look best with lighting! I’m not sure who they hired to light the ballroom, but it looked great!
It was so fun photographing with my friend Joe. He was a great partner at the wedding and not only fun to hang out with all day, but an inspiration in stressful moments. Here’s hoping for another wedding at Oheka just as lovely as this one!