Coromandel beach wedding

When an Iranian Kiwi marries a surfy Kiwi there has to be beach, family, friends and sweetness - all in large measures.  

In Iranian tradition the couple sit before a table bearing an assortment of goodies.  Candles representing the bride and groom and brightness in their future.  Decorated almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts in the shell to symbolize fertility.  A bowl of crystallized sugar "Kaas-e Nabaat/Shaakh-e Nabaat" to sweeten life for the newly weds.  A box of gold coins representing wealth and prosperity.  A holy book for prayer and inspiration. Sugar cones "Kalleh Ghand" which are ground together above the bride and groom's head (over the scarf held above them) to shower them in sweetness and happiness.

Location:  Onemana Beach, Whangamata, Aotearoa New Zealand
Photographers: Jo Currie and Celia Walmsley, Stagebox Photography

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