A wedding that truly reflects a couple’s personality and is unique in its approach to design and details is quite possibly the best of all. And I’m pretty sure it doesn’t get more unique, more undeniably gorgeous than a stunning blue Reem Acra gown or a garden affair that is all at once elegant and incredibly chic. See even more of the pretty blue details and that gown captured by Nima Salimi right here.
From the Bride… Alex and I had a simple goal in mind throughout our wedding process – to do it a bit differently and mix the traditional with the non-traditional. Our first priority was location – set in gorgeous Healdsburg, we picked Copain Winery for our rehearsal dinner venue and the Barndiva art gallery for our wedding venue. We wanted the area and unique venues to do the heavy-lifting on decor, which they did in spades. The rest of our process simply became about how to have fun and mix things up a bit.
For starters, our invitation was a custom made ‘art box’ – the guest received a metal 6 x 6 tin box, which included the invitation (which Alex designed himself) along with a blank art canvas, 3 different paint colors, a paint brush and a word to interpret / paint onto the canvas. The guest’s finished canvas was their RSVP which they sent back to us. All of the canvases together formed an art installation backdrop for our ceremony the day of – and – the words, once all together, represented the vows Alex and I said to one another that day. Because each guest had a different word to paint, our program was simply a list of all of the words for guests to read at their seats.
Our rehearsal dinner was at Copain Winery. We hired 3 – 4 different food trucks for dinner instead of the traditional sit-down menu. Pizza Politana, Chairman Bao and Phat Salads & Wraps catered with their trucks on-site. Kara’s Kupcakes for dessert. We hired a local bluegrass band (four seniors in high school!) who jammed for 5 hours non-stop. Natural wood farm tables featured succulent centerpieces and mason jars with orange chevron napkins inside. All of the serveware used was made of eco-friendly bamboo, adding to the natural vibe of the decor.
For the Wedding Day, our emphasis was on great food, lively music and an open bar. We opted not to have a bridal party, but instead asked our immediate family (siblings & parents only) to do the processional with us. My father was our officiant; the only reading was done by our mothers who shared a family-written blessing – the one traditional element of our ceremony. Alex and I wrote custom vows, with a nod to the words from our invitations.
The dinner tablescape was clean, simple but sophisticated. Neutral grays & ivories, with accents of blues. Mixed shapes & sizes of cobalt blue bottles, featuring modern single stem white freesia and orchids. A navy pashmina on each of the ladies’ chairs in case of goosebumps. Escort cards hand written and displayed in grape crates. A jazz trio to kick off cocktail hour. Dinner was a 4-course tasting menu, done with Barndvia’s usual high-end standards. We decided against a traditional wedding cake, but instead indulged in individual, decadent chocolate domes (Alex is a chocoholic).
The Dress: all along, I knew I wanted to do something different, something RADICAL. Color was a must, but it took awhile to find the right blend of red-carpet moment meets bride. I ultimately decided on a Reem Acra gown in a shockingly bright blue. I’ll never forget the moment when, as the doors opened to walk down the aisle, the crowd erupted into cheers & applause. The exact shock value I was hoping for.
Alex and I decided against doing a First Dance or any of the other traditional wedding dances. It was more meaningful to me to bust-a-REAL-move with my father, than our pretending to know how to waltz. Alex and my’s last dance ended with a cluster of Alex’s closest buddies in a 4-tier human pyramid, which Alex scaled to the top of in total champion style.
Photographer: Nima Salimi | Florist: Dragonfly Floral | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Groom's Suit: Isaia | Bridal Hair & Makeup: Andi Scarbrough | Bride's Dress: Reem Acra | Rentals: Encore Events Rentals | Wedding Band: Anything She Wants | Wedding Catering: Barndiva | Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Barndiva