Joyful, Queer, Black, and Iranian Awbury Arboretum Wedding | Evan + Pegah

Flatlay of colorful wedding details for a queer wedding

There’s been a lot of talk on Threads about what is appropriate work attire for wedding photographers. Many believe that all black is the way to go and wouldn’t dare consider wearing sandals. When I run into this thinking from fellow business owners, it reinforces the gratitude I feel for being privileged enough to collaborate with such vibrant clients.

Queer-friendly Philadelphia wedding venue: Awbury Arboretum

Pegah and Evan encouraged guests to wear bright attire that would match their garden vibes at their Awbury Arboretum wedding. There’s something incredibly special about queer marriers being boldly who they are and picking a palette as colorful as their personalities.

Around the time I started being more outward-facing with my values, my professional attire shifted from wearing all black to allowing myself to be more playful. Less invisible. Which it turns out, often blends in better with guests, anyway. (Though nothing is wrong with wearing all black if that’s your aesthetic, plus it hides sweat, which is a win.) Clients encourage me to be myself and even cheer me on when I arrive in lemon print shirts.

Pegah and Evan’s ceremony had so many thoughtful touches. The Sofreh Aghd–an Iranian spread rich in symbolism; a honey ceremony, a sugar rubbing ritual; the lighting of wild rue to circle their heads; and jumping the broom.

During social hour, two goats from the Philly Goat Project surprised guests. Leading into the reception, everyone circled around the couple for an Iranian Knife Dance.

Pegah and Evan’s joyful wedding personified a quote that I love from Da’Shaun L. Harrison so much I have it on a shirt:

“To be visibly queer is to choose your happiness over your safety.”

Thanks to Pegah and Evan for trusting me to document your day and being such a shining example of what love can look like.

Getting ready coverage at Awbury Arboretum
A portrait of a marrier looking out the door on a portico.
Wedding first look photos with queer marriers at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Wedding first look photos with queer marriers at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Wedding first look photos with queer marriers at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Wedding first look photos with queer marriers at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Queer wedding photos of a Black and Iranian couple at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Details of a rainbow ribboned bar at an LGBTQ wedding.
Colorful wedding party photos under a tree at Awbury Arboretum.
Colorful outdoor wedding party photos in Philadelphia.
Colorful outdoor wedding party photos in Philadelphia.
Colorful outdoor wedding party photos in Philadelphia.
Colorful outdoor wedding party photos in Philadelphia.
Colorful outdoor wedding party photos in Philadelphia.
Wedding portraits inside the getting ready space at Awbury Arboretum.
Wedding portraits inside the getting ready space at Awbury Arboretum.
Detail photos of a Sofreh Aghd in Philadelphia, an Iranian spread rich in symbolism.
Detail photos of a Sofreh Aghd in Philadelphia, an Iranian spread rich in symbolism.
Detail photos of a Sofreh Aghd in Philadelphia, an Iranian spread rich in symbolism.
Detail photos of a Sofreh Aghd in Philadelphia, an Iranian spread rich in symbolism.
Detail photos of a Sofreh Aghd in Philadelphia, an Iranian spread rich in symbolism.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
A sugar rubbing ritual in Philadelphia.
A sugar rubbing ritual in Philadelphia.
A sugar rubbing ritual in Philadelphia.
Rue from an Iranian wedding ceremony in Philadelphia.
A honey ceremony in Philadelphia.
A sugar rubbing ritual in Philadelphia.
A sugar rubbing ritual in Philadelphia.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
A queer couple jumping the broom at a Philadelphia wedding.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Ceremony photos from an LGBTQIA+ wedding at Awbury Arboretum in Philadelphia.
Seed favors for wedding guests in Philadelphia.
Wedding reception details at a colorful, queer wedding.
Philly Goat Project photo booth during cocktail hour.
macro flower photo in a garden
A detail of an Iranian wedding cake in Philadelphia.
Rose petals in a cocktail at social hour
Philly Goat Project wedding photos
Philly Goat Project wedding photos
A queer wedding reception at a Philadelphia garden venue
A queer wedding reception at a Philadelphia garden venue
An Iranian knife dance at a Philadelphia queer wedding.
An Iranian knife dance at a Philadelphia queer wedding.
An Iranian knife dance at a Philadelphia queer wedding.
An Iranian knife dance at a Philadelphia queer wedding.
An Iranian knife dance at a Philadelphia queer wedding.

Venue: Awbury Arboretum
Catering: Peachtree Catering
HMU: EvaMarie Blanchard from Earth Tones Artistry
Cake: Anna McCarthy with Tellement.Sweet
Florals: Bulk flowers from Hickory Grove Gardens with DIY arrangements
DJ: DJ Jamz with No Macarena
Favors: Soaps made by Avery Thornburg with Averys Magic Butters
Floral repurposing for nursing homes/hospice homes: Petals for Hope

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  1. John

    Marvelous!!

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