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Noura + Koosha | San Francisco, CA

From our very first meeting on Skype with Noura and Koosha, we knew we were going to love them. The love they have for one another radiated through our computer screens: a kiss on the forehead from Koosha, a gentle tap on the cheek from Noura, and big, big smiles from both of them. They are our type of people: touchy and affectionate, just like us! By the time we met them and their families, we felt as though we had known them for a very long time.

We arrived as Koosha was preparing to retreat to his room, and we immediately knew we were in for a day filled with emotion. The same gestures and sweetness that we had witnessed while video chatting was ever present from start to finish, between the two of them and their families. Even Noura’s father, while no longer with us, made his presence known when the rainy clouds parted, a rainbow appeared, and the sun came out. And all this came just in time for Noura and Koosha’s first look on the pier, which, as Noura told us later, was her favorite part of the day.

This same energy carried through to the ceremony which, despite being in Farsi, brought tears to my eyes. Noura’s mother’s chanting was so beautiful, it literally gave me goosebumps and had the entire room in tears. And of course, as with all Persian weddings, a lively dance party was the icing on the cake to this wonderful day (check out our Facebook page for a shot of my weak attempt at Persian dancing…)!

Noura and Koosha, we know that we have made two lifelong friends in you. We cannot thank you and your families enough for making us a part of your lives. You are two incredibly beautiful people, inside and out, and we feel privileged to have been the ones to capture your wedding day.

 

The Vendors:
Venue: The Pavillion by the Bay, Treasure Island
Planning & Catering: Wine Valley Catering
Make-up Artist: Maria Chang
Flowers: Not Just Flowers
Cake: The Cakemaker
DJ: DJ Ramin
Dress: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Groom: Gucci
Suit: Giorgio Armani

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  1. Naomi Chokr

    Wow!!!! The images took my breath away!!!!!!! Persian weddings are so filled with emotions and you captured it perfectly.

  2. Steve Gerrard

    Errr… Wow! Amazing images as always but this one is certainly one of my faves yet.

  3. Ryan Jones

    Killer set, guys. You got some sweet moments in there.

  4. Emelie

    Great work! the color is so full of life.

  5. Manel Tamayo

    Wedding after wedding, your work is simply perfect. Superb Persian Wedding !!!!!!!! Hugs from Barcelona, Davina and Daniel!

  6. Manel Tamayo

    Ups, sorry! I love the Golden Gate pic from the window!

  7. Manel

    I love the Golden Gate pic from the window!

  8. Jesse

    Nice work guys, so many great moments caught and beautiful images/composition.

  9. lida

    Dear Davina and Daniel ,What tong can express your perfect job? you catch all amazing and memorable moment of that night plus all those beautiful views like flying Bird, Rain bow, bridg blue ocean,rain,clouds,lights, flowers and a lot more I have to say thanks to you bouth to put a eternity stamp on my kids wedding. Thanks again.

  10. neda farabi

    I knew that you are professional photographers but I didn’t know that you are professional writers too !
    best wishes from the bottom of my heart

  11. Manish

    Amazing images! Love the ‘first look’ pictures of the bride!

  12. Noura Amjadi

    We love you guys so much! THANK YOU for capturing the best day of our life so perfectly … you are THE best and your sensational photos are remarkable! You guys gave us a priceless reminder of our wedding day that we will treasure forever. I love the fact that by looking at photos I feel all the emotions that I felt that day all over again.

    Davina, what you wrote here touched my heart. I read it and the tears started running down my cheeks. From the first day that we met you guys over Skpye we felt a deep connection with you and we are so honored that you guys traveled to be there for us and document our big day so beautifully. Love you guys and hope to see you soon 🙂

  13. Julian Moniz

    That San Francisco Peer Picture…FRICKEN Ridiculous!!!

  14. Koosha

    Thank you guys for the great pictures + memories. Love them all.

  15. Andreas

    This is great. you guys rock

  16. Will

    every photo…. perfect

  17. Lindsay Stark

    Always love a visit to the D+D blog!! Love the clarity in your photos and the beautiful moments captured EVERY TIME. Masters.

  18. LEEROY

    Wow this picture is Amazing! I like the way they walk in the same direction as the bridge. And also the way the umbrella responds to the tree (same shape). Great job. Cheers. LEEROY.

  19. Maria Ignatescu

    Wow, your photographs aren’t just beautiful they’re really expressive. Keep up the fantastic work.

  20. Brian Kraft

    Woah–crazy amazing wedding photography!

  21. andrew

    Beautiful work – thanks for sharing.

  22. Pete

    Just stunning at always.

Workshop in Europe | Birmingham, UK

THE WORKSHOP IS SOLD-OUT!

We’re so thrilled to announce a 2-day workshop this upcoming April, which will take place in the UK.

This workshop is geared towards wedding photographers who want to take their photography skills & business to the next level. Over two days, we will be sharing everything we know about light, composition, documenting weddings, post-production, traveling for weddings, running a successful business, as well as reviewing each photographer and helping them grow as artists.

You can see all of the details at the following LINK. We hope to see you there!

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Happy new year!

This year, we were, quite simply, blessed. We bore witness to the many ways in which different couples love each other and their families. We were welcomed into their world and entrusted with the special task of capturing this love. And every time, it was beautiful and inspiring and unique.

We had our passport stamped in Guatemala, Japan, Turkey, Bhutan, and Turks and Caicos. We took photos in the ocean, on a volcano, in a 1400 year old Bhudist temple, in a 400 year old mosque, and in a glass chapel on a cliff. We participated in workshops and conferences where we engaged with and were inspired by our talented colleagues from all over the world. But most of all, we worked our butts off and learned a ton. About our industry, about photography, about people, and about ourselves. We may not have relaxed enough, or exercised enough, or spent enough time with our families, but that’s what new year resolutions are for, right?!

2012 also brought with it some recognition from our industry, for which we are tremendously grateful. We were both shocked and honored to be named one of Rangefinder magazine’s Top 10 Most Sought-After Photographers of 2012 and to see our photos grace the cover and 11 spreads of Snapp Magazine Taipei. Each of us had photos awarded and recognized by Junebug’s Best of the Best of 2012, the International Society of Wedding Photographers, and Fearless: the world’s best wedding photography awards. And as the organization’s most award-winning member of the year, Daniel earned the Fearless Photographer of the Year award! I am so proud of him…. but that doesn’t mean I don’t plan on getting him back next year…!

This year came with its challenges and obstacles, but the results of our hard work are more than we could have ever imagined. We have our couples, who trusted us implicitly, to thank; as well as you, whoever is reading this, for your support. By looking at our images, you are supporting us. And for this, we are so grateful. We wish you all a healthy and happy 2013!

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  1. Daniel Stark

    You guys are some of our favorite people. Lindsay and I find so much inspiration in your photos and in your passion. And besides photography you two are just awesome hang out with. Thank you for the inspiration and friendship. Cheers to a kick ass 2013!

  2. Jasser Abu-Giemi

    I don’t know two people in our world of wedding photography that deserve this more than you. You’re a reminder that hard work and dedication do pay off and a role model to other photographers. Keep it up next year guys but take some time for your family too.

  3. Shauna

    You two are absolutely brilliant. Here’s to this year being your best yet 🙂

  4. Marie-Christine

    Beautiful post.

    You hard work and determination is inspiring, same as the wonderful photography you two always create.

    So proud of you!

  5. Khoa

    I think you guys are amazing! Every piece of recognition you got you deserve!

  6. Manel Tamayo

    I love your work guys, and you deserve everything good that is happening to you and everything will come in this 2013. Hugs, Davina and Daniel!

  7. Emilia Jane

    Such a HUGE year! Congratulations!!!!

  8. Caroline

    Our wedding photographers are badasses!

  9. Becca Spears

    You two are at the very top of my list of people to watch. You know what I love the most about you is that from what I can tell of how you see the world, how you have treated me and others, you are kind, loving, humble people. It is a shock to see people as talented and sought after as you who are also down to earth and don’t seem to think of themselves too highly. So happy for you. Thank you for being a regular inspiration!

  10. Kristiaan

    So very pleased for you both. You deserve all of it and more! Hope there is more of the same for you this year AND more balance in your lives. Thanks for giving so much of yourselves at our wedding. We can’t thank you enough for the beauty you added to the experience by just being there, not to mention the incredible images that tear our hearts open each and every time we look at them – which is often. Love you guys!

  11. Kaju

    Can’t attend England, But looking forward to US workshop. As always lovely stuff. and like Hemingway said (through Allen), “I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing.” . The pictures are courageous, inspiring and therefore beautiful.

  12. mark thackeray

    nicely done! lovely images and excellent timing