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A midsummer inspired wedding, with shades of blue, elegant details and meaningful flowers

A midsummer inspired wedding, with shades of blue, elegant details and meaningful flowers


Written by Katie Byrne


Sara and Shiv celebrated their nuptials amidst an idyllic Californian vineyard

 

Sara, 31, a translator and design historian and Shiv, 35, a managing director at an investment bank, married at Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California.

The atmosphere...

We wanted to create an elegant, outdoor garden wedding with the feel of a formal, midsummer night's feast on a French estate.

Our venue, built in the 19th century, captured our love of France, and echoed our engagement, which took place beneath a grove of mulberry trees in Luberon Valley, the south of France.

The location of Shiv's proposal inspired the colour palette of inky and sky blue tones, and we incorporated berry hues inspired by the roses that had surrounded us on the mountainside.

The look...

My great-grandmother inspired the look of my dress; I chose a 1920s-style gown with sequin embellishment by Jenny Packham.

My bridesmaids wore J. Crew gowns in navy, with floral crowns and belts of grosgrain ribbon embellished with vintage jewels, which I sourced myself and my mother sewed by hand.

The bouquets comprised garden roses, jasmine, berry branches, clematis and sweet peas. Shiv wore a midnight-blue tuxedo from Michael Andrews Bespoke, with a Turnbull & Asser shirt and bow tie, and his buttonhole featured delphinium blossom and lily of the valley.

My bouquet featured roses and jasmine, two blooms which are sacred to both Iranian and Indian cultures. My dad spent his childhood playing beneath mulberry trees in Iran, and Shiv proposed beneath a grove of mulberry trees in France. I included berry branches in my bouquet to echo the same feel.

The details...

Our venue had woven plane trees with twinkling lights creating an arbor over our tables and we installed chandeliers to add to the warm glow, with candles on the tables.

We seated our guests at two long tables, set with large, low centrepieces in footed vessels, and seasonal pomegranates and fresh almond and cherry branches were scattered.

The menus were customised to include each guest's name with hand-painted pictures of each food item. We also had a bespoke crest made for us, with garden roses and vining jasmine encircling the date of our wedding.

My favourite moment...

I loved getting into the car and waving goodbye to our guests: Shiv looked at me and said, "You're my wife!" The moment was filled with so much love and happiness.

My tip for brides-to-be...

It's easy to get caught up in the day, so make sure you spend a few minutes alone with your new husband after the ceremony to absorb it all.

Steal their style!

Photography: Jose Villa 

Venue and catering: Beaulieu Garden, California 

Planning: Stacy McCain Event Planning 

Flowers: Kate Holt at Flower Wild 

Dress: Jenny Packham at Mark Ingram Atelier 

Bridesmaids' dresses: J. Crew 

Groomswear: Turnbull & Asser 

Stationery: Happy Menocal 


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