Salamander Resort Wedding | Lorin Marie Photography

When you meet them, you just know - having Hooman and Priscilla in your life is like the best kind of hug. Open, inviting, friendly and ever familiar they certainly are on their own, and when they're in the same room, their friendliness, kindness and warmth is infectious.

To say we were blessed to photograph these two's wedding is not even close to describing it.

With Hurricane Joaquin threatening to rain on their love all weekend, neither Hooman or Priscilla was the least bit bothered by it. Tons of family and friends prayed for the torrential downpours to hold off, and the couple continued with wedding preparation as planned.

Sunday was one for the books. God answered those prayers and the Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA, provided a gorgeous setting for the bridal preparation.

White garter | Lorin Marie Photography
Blush wedding shoes | Lorin Marie Photography
Demitrios wedding gown | #DemitriosBride | Lorin Marie Photography

When Priscilla slipped into her Demetrios dress, she effortlessly floated around adding finishing touches in those beautiful layers and layers of white.

Bride getting ready | Lorin Marie Photography
Bridal details | Lorin Marie Photography
White and silver wedding invitation | Lorin Marie Photography

A classic, elegant yet understated white and silver invitation suite for their black-tie affair.

Bride getting ready | Lorin Marie Photography
Wedding day perfume | Lorin Marie Photography
Groom in a tux | Lorin Marie Photography
Groom getting ready photo | Lorin Marie Photography
Black wedding tux | Lorin Marie Photography

While back in Fairfax, Hooman and his brother/best man, ushers and good buds made brunch, toasted with bloody Marys and dressed in their tuxes. Before we moved to South Carolina, Hooman and Dean were in Small Group together, meeting, sharing life and praying together for about 2 years. And I was fortunate enough to have Priscilla in my Small Group!

When he and Priscilla got engaged, Hooman graciously asked if we would rather shoot their wedding or enjoy it as guests. The answer is that we enjoy shooting our friends' weddings! It is so wonderful to be with them, capturing their special moments for our dear friends.

Halo engagement ring | Lorin Marie Photography
Bridal portrait | Lorin Marie Photography
Bridal portrait | Lorin Marie Photography
Beautiful wedding ring | Lorin Marie Photography
Wedding day photo | Lorin Marie Photography
First look with dad | Lorin Marie Photography
First look with father | Lorin Marie Photography

After putting on her veil, Priscilla met her father in front of the resort for a father-daugther first look. Be still my heart- what a precious moment that was to see! The Father of the Bride getting to see his little girl, all grown up and ready to marry her husband.

White rose bouquetFirst look with dad | Lorin Marie Photography
Father-daughter first look | Lorin Marie Photography
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Mother of the bride and sister of the bride | Lorin Marie Photography

Aren't the Pinckney women (now one Gharai!) just stunning? Truly a picture of grace, beauty and elegance.

Wedding ceremony programs | Lorin Marie Photography
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Wedding guests trickled into Middleburg United Methodist Church, filling the traditional wooden pews while reuniting with loved ones and meeting new friends.

Groom watching bride | Lorin Marie Photography

At 2:10 pm the processional began. After the adorable ring bearers and flower girls, all part of a family that both Priscilla and her sister/Maid of Honor Amanda babysat over the years, made their way down the aisle, the heavy church doors were closed. They reopened as the bride and her father began making their way down the aisle. All guests rose to their feet and Hooman caught his first look over his bride as she made her way toward him.

Father of the bride | Lorin Marie Photography
Bride looking at groom | Lorin Marie Photography
Methodist church wedding | Lorin Marie Photography
First kiss | Lorin Marie Photography

Pastor Nate led the couple through their vows and shared a few of the reasons Hooman and Priscilla said they loved each other. What a beautiful moment for both the bride and the groom to hear what they most appreciated, adored most about the other. Cue the waterworks and grab the tissues.

Church wedding exit | Lorin Marie Photography
Cute flower girls | Lorin Marie Photography

This has to be the most adorable bridal party ever! Thompsons, y'all are looking good!

White bridal bouquet | Lorin Marie Photography
Virginia wedding photographer | Lorin Marie Photography
Classic black tie wedding | | Lorin Marie Photography
Classic church wedding | Lorin Marie Photography

Hooman and Priscilla's love for each other just oozes out in the way their eyes meet, they touch and speak to each other.

Black tie wedding | Lorin Marie Photography
Classy bride and groom | Lorin Marie Photography
Virginia black tie wedding | Lorin Marie Photography
Wedding day sky | Lorin Marie Photography
Bridal portrait | Lorin Marie Photography
Chess board kiss | Middleburg wedding | Salamander Resort and Spa | Lorin Marie Photography
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Middleburg Virginia wedding | Lorin Marie Photography
Classy black tie affair | Lorin Marie Photography

With the Virginia countryside behind them, the Salamander Resort was a perfect green and yellow backdrop for fall wedding photos.

Elegant Virginia wedding | Lorin Marie Photography
Black tie wedding | Lorin Marie Photography
Chess board wedding photo | Salamander Resort wedding | Lorin Marie Photography
Elegant wedding | | Lorin Marie Photography
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Guests enjoyed a beautiful cocktail hour inside the resort, clinking wine glasses and tasting passed delicacies, as well as mingling out on the patio as the night progressed.

Elegant cocktail hour | Lorin Marie Photography
Wedding guest display cards | Lorin Marie Photography
Elegant white centerpieces | Lorin Marie Photography
Cocktail hour decor | Lorin Marie Photography
Persian wedding | Lorin Marie Photography

Both the bride and the groom's have such a joyful, spirited demeanor - the cocktail hour was like a happy family reunion, full of laughter, sharing old stories and catching up.

Classy cocktail hour | Lorin Marie Photography
Outdoor cocktail hour | Lorin Marie Photography
Fun wedding socks | Lorin Marie Photography
Persian sweetheart wedding table | Lorin Marie Photography

The couple made special attention to highlight both the Pinckneys, with their Italian heritage, and the Gharais, with their Persian heritage. The beautiful, ornately beaded cloth gracing the sweetheart table above was a gift from Hooman's mother and is a nod to traditional Persian wedding decor.

Elegant quilted wedding cake | Lorin Marie Photography
First dance | Lorin Marie Photography

Hooman twirled his bride around the dance floor to Louis Armstrong's rendition of "La Vie en Rose" for their first dance.

Bride and groom toast | Lorin Marie Photography
Mother son dance | Lorin Marie Photography
Persian wedding dancing | Lorin Marie Photography

After the formal dances, the reception quickly became an open dance party. Everyone was celebrating with the newlyweds!

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Wedding reception dancing | Lorin Marie Photography
Wedding reception dance | Lorin Marie Photography
Family dancing at wedding reception | Lorin Marie Photography
Wedding cake cutting | Lorin Marie Photography
Cake cutting | Lorin Marie Photography
Kid breakdancing | Lorin Marie Photography
Wedding reception | Lorin Marie Photography

I spot a past LMP bride! Sabrina, who had a gorgeous vintage DC wedding, is also in Small Group with Priscilla. SO great to see her and hubby David!

Reception dancing | Lorin Marie Photography
Bride and groom dancing | Lorin Marie Photography
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Another past LMP couple, Charlie and Laura, were not only guests but Laura was a fantastic wedding planner and coordinator for the day's events!

Wedding sparkler exit | Lorin Marie Photography

And with two rows of sparklers overhead, the happy couple exited their wedding just as they entered it - with warmth, graciousness and love.

Wedding sparkler exit | Lorin Marie Photography

Vendors:

Venue: Salamander Resort and Spa
Wedding dress:
Demetrios
Florist: Ultimate Floral Designs
Wedding planner: Laura Thomas
Hair & Makeup: Visage Salon
DJ: DJ Tamer Yehia
Cake: Salamander Resort and Spa
Catering:
Salamander Resort and Spa
Invitations:
Kimberly’s