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Cuffed: Gloria + Edmond = Persian/Russian Jewish Glorious Wedding

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Following their hilariously hip engagement session, these guys keep punching and shaking New York with their Persian/Russian Jewish glorious wedding.

Remember Gloria and Edmond? Their funky engagement session at the Dream Machine made some blue-ball splashes (just a few samples below), setting the ground for the hilarious yet glorious wedding which took place less than two weeks ago.

Edmond is an American Jew of Iraniana roots while Gloria’s Russian-speaking family is from former Soviet Union. The coloring of such mixture was bursting in emotions and energy. What lay beneath, however, was impeccable style and fine taste—all the important components of a glorious wedding. It starts with her custom-made wedding gown by a celebrity Armenian-Lebanese designer Mikael D. It was so rich in embroidery and complex craftsmanship that it would not hang! Forget those typical hanging shots! They just said it had to sit where it was so I proceeded with my dramatic light of it, along with the classy Louboutin shoes. An elegant headpiece was made by my old-time friends and partner in out-of-the-box bridal couture photography, famous Bridal Styles Boutique. Glamorous makeup was done by Valeria of U-Mode Salon, fabulous hair was done by Natalia Akuratava. The groom and his men kept up with the tuxes from Victor Talbots.

As we were relocating to Manhattan’s Central Park for a photoshoot, my wife was documenting the shenanigans inside the M&V Limousine. A fisheye lens is always a winner there! As soon as Gloria stepped out of the limo bus, a little girl passing by with her family asked for a photo with the princess. A highlight of the bridal party photography, besides the stylish posing in the Bethesda Terrace, was a very cool-looking and cooperative police squad. We went past the group photos and ended up cuffing the couple. Kudos to NYPD.

A glorious wedding wouldn’t be such without an exquisite decor and lighting of Woodbury Jewish Center and flowers by Metro Floral Events. The crowd was kept non-stop dancing by Douglas James Entertainment while the Persian side of it was kept on their toes by DJ Behyar. This was perhaps the latest-hour wedding we did: the handmade ketubah by Danny Azoulay from Israel wasn’t signed until 10:30 PM and the ceremony was over only at 11:30 PM! As there is always an upside to anything, the late-hour religious ceremony allowed my to get some little epic portraits like one I am including here, of the flower girl. Couldn’t resist having my “old masters” moment in creating her Renaissance portrait. My team normally leaves right after the cake, usually before midnight, but this exotic fun kept our blood pumping until 2 AM. We let them get exhausted without us for another hour.

So many uniqueness in this glorious wedding… A sheer delight and privilege for us, many long years of joy and respect to the couple!

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Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.

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