Show us a floral wedding dress, and you can pretty much guarantee we’re going to be captivated. Add in the fact that bride Radha made the bride herself, and we’re completely blown away! Radha and Lance’s supremely sweet day, photographed by Larissa Cleveland, is truly all we need to brighten up our day ASAP.
From the bride, Radha: I used the silk sari that my mother wore in my parents 1973 hippie wedding to make the Chuppah for the ceremony. To incorporate our much-loved cat I added her face to the Tapatio bottles on the dining tables. I started sewing at age 5 and I always knew I would make my own dress, and it wouldn’t be white. I found a limited edition print from Liberty of London. I used a white and green color scheme with pops of coral around the venue to tie back to the dress. From the watercolor invitations drawn by a designer friend to the reclaimed wood boxes for the tables my fiancé built in our hallway, to the little signs I made for the dessert table from vintage ceramic letters this truly was a DIY wedding.
My friends and family all helped out and my mom did all the flower arrangements using vintage glass bottles and milk glass classes I had collected at antique fairs around SF. Seating Map — each table was one of our favorite SF locations, from the Opera House to a Mission taqueria, Bi-Rite Ice cream shop, our favorite bookstore. Each escort card had an image of something you would find at that location so it was a game to figure out your table. Steel heart – I found a vintage steel heart that I used to display pictures of us, our friends and our cat Akira. Food: To go with the laid-back atmosphere we did a Mexican family style dinner with a taco bar, aguas frescas and summer blackberry margaritas.
Instead of cutting a cake we had a white heart piñata that we broke together filled with Mexican candy. The dessert buffet featured treats from some of our favorite SF bakeries and ice creameries. Music: My cousin who is an accomplished musician and composer played pieces from some of my favorite operas for the ceremony and then some favorite vintage rock/country songs (with an ironic spin on love) for after dinner. Also on the theme of ironic songs for a wedding my bridesmaid surprised me with a rendition of Diamonds are Forever.
Wedding Vendors (Sebastopol, California):
Reception Venue: Vine Hill House / Wedding Photographer and Cinematographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography / Wedding Dress: made by bride / Bridesmaids’ Dress: J. Crew / Bride’s Hair: Belle of the Ball / Wedding Caterer: A la Heart Catering / Bakery: Born and Bread / Wedding Cake: Miette Patisserie and Confiserie