I love feeling the embrace of various cultures at weddings. While western ceremonies will always remain elegant, Indian, Chinese and Jewish ceremonies are just a few that, when captured well in wedding pictures, intrigue me. Chelsea and Omid’s Persian and western wedding ceremonies at Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Coast, California are romantic, elegant and timeless and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I did!
Chelsea McKnight and Omid Navran
Married in Newport Coast on August 14, 2010
Chelsea McKnight and Omid Navran met through a mutual friend who had kept it to herself that she thought they would be perfect together. Upon their initial meeting Chelsea and Omid thought that their time would be short lived due to college plans, but they quickly realized that they would both be attending the same college that fall: University of California, Santa Barbara.
If you ask Chelsea’s friends they will tell you that in the early days of their relationship Chelsea would casually say: “I’m pretty sure I’ll marry that guy.” Five years later that proved to be true when Omid proposed in the same town where their romance would turn into a lifetime commitment.
They decided to get married at the Pelican Hill Resort in California’s breathtaking Newport Coast. In order to honor both of their families they decided to have two ceremonies: an intimate Persian Sofreh Aghd followed by the traditional Western ceremony. Both beautiful and special in their own ways, they wouldn’t have had it any other way. Well, that is, unless you gave Omid the option of Vegas.
The day went perfectly thanks to planner Jeannie Savage. Omid’s favorite part was that, while Chelsea was able to get her vows in Farsi down pat, she seemed to have more trouble with her vows in English. Chelsea and Omid share the love of laughter, travel, hip-hop and animals. One unique aspect of their wedding was that they requested no gifts, but rather a donation to the Humane Society or Smile Train.
Location, Cake and Caterer: Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Coast, CA; Event Planner: Jeannie Savage, Details Details Wedding & Event Planning, Irvine, CA; Floral and Event Design: White Lilac Inc., Costa Mesa, CA; Sofreh Aghd: Ashley Navran, Chelsea McKnight and Mina Flower, Santa Ana, CA; Officiant: J.P. Reynolds; Ceremony Music: Enchanted Evening Productions, Laguna Hills, CA; DJ: Mike Soltani; Stationery: Details à La Carte, Irvine, CA; Lighting: Shine Lighting, Brea, CA; Draping: Finishing Touch; Photo Booth: Pacific Photobooths, Irvine, CA; Bridesmaid Dresses: Jim Hjelm; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Persian Ceremony Gown: Stephen Yearick; Wedding Gown: Winnie Couture, Beverly Hills, CA; Cinematography: Elysium Productions, Irvine, CA and New York, NY; Photography: Annette Biggers, TripleCord Photography, Ladera Ranch, CA
We wish you countless years of happiness Chelsea and Omid. A special thank you to Annette Biggers of TripleCord Photography for letting us share these images with our viewers!