Transforming an idea into reality is an exhilarating part of my job. I listen carefully to my brides’ and grooms’ dreams, brainstorm with them and work around whatever challenges arise.
Here we created a modern Western world event that meshed with the couple’s traditional Persian nuptials. The bride wanted a large clear tent set in a classic, lush location. Together we scouted many scenic venues, but when the budget would not accommodate her vision, we thought outside the box – and tent – and I was able to create the picturesque ambiance her heart desired.
We chose Monaluce Winery & Estates, which provided a gorgeous sweeping lakeside landscape for the Persian cultural ceremony – fresh air openness in lieu of a clear tent. Continuing with the alfresco theme, the private reception area featured a grand balcony overlooking the vineyards. We designated this space for the dance floor and contemporary lounge seating.
Focusing on the bride’s request for an abundance of flowers, I collaborated with The Perfect Stem. Taking the dramatic hydrangea-dominant arrangements that flanked the ceremony aisle as well as the bridesmaids’ bouquets, we repurposed them during the reception as dining table centerpieces to help keep costs down while amping up and maximizing use of the floral décor.
From whisking away the newlyweds in a stylish horse-drawn carriage after declaring their “I Dos” to adding whimsical elegance with paper parasols and handmade fans that doubled as wedding programs to a magical finale with family and friends sending the lovebirds off with hundreds of sparklers ablaze, I integrated several special elements into the day to grant the bride’s wishes for a romantic, airy affair.
Photos Courtesy of Leah And Mark Photography