Ali and Shannon’s Lansdowne Resort wedding was a celebration of love, joy and family. We were so honored to be invited to be their wedding photographers and capture all of the moments, both big and small, that happened throughout the day.
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The day started in Shannon’s bridal suite at the Lansdowne Resort. From her room you had a beautiful view of the resort and the hills of Leesburg, Virginia. Inside the suite she and her bridesmaids were busy with hair, makeup and lots of singing and laughing. Surrounded by her sisters, mother, close friends and three absolutely adorable flower girls, Shannon was excitedly preparing to see her soon-to-be husband. One of our favorite moments from the morning was when we walked in on Shannon’s flower girls helping her write her love note to Ali. The look of adoration coming from the girls was absolutely precious!
Ali anxiously awaited his bride inside the Lansdowne Resort Pavilion. The building was surrounded by beautiful French doors which filled the venue with natural light and made Shannon and Ali glow as they stood in front of their family and friends to profess their love to each other.
Shannon and Ali’s wedding also included the Persian Sofreyeh Aghd ceremony. If you have had the opportunity to take part in this count yourself lucky. It is filled with tradition and symbolism that reflects the hopes and desires for the couple’s future together and it is absolutely joyous and beautiful.
The rain held out long enough for us to take advantage of Lansdowne’s beautiful golf course for bridal party portraits.
After portraits Shannon and Ali joined their family and friends at the reception and spent the rest of the night celebrating! A highlight of the evening was the traditional Raghse Chaghoo, or Persian knife dance. During this Ali tried to get the knife from the dancers and after giving them money was finally successful in getting the knife to cut the cake. The night ended with a sparkler send off as the newly weds bid their family and friends good night and headed off as husband and wife.
CEREMONY & RECEPTION Lansdowne Resort