There’s no shortage of romance in today’s wedding, which comes by way of Kreate Photography and Brannan Events and Design. Yassi and Ayis exchanged “I Do”s at the beautiful Sand Rock Farm in California, decorating with delectable purple and blue tones plus some seriously sweet-looking blush pink bridesmaid dresses. We just adore their light bulb cake toppers with a sweet “You light up my life” message!
From the bride, Yassi: I knew that my mother’s presence would be greatly missed on our wedding day, so it was also very important to me to include little touches of her all over in the decor. From the flowers to the décor pieces, we wanted to be surrounded by little touches of things that reminded us of her. We knew that the vast majority of our guests were traveling from out of the country, so our wedding very quickly became an international affair! We wanted to show our guests how much we appreciated their journeys, so we asked our wedding planner to design and build a custom traveler’s sign with all of our guests’ hometowns! It was really wonderful to see how far everyone traveled to be with us on our day, and our guests especially loved taking pictures with the sign during cocktail hour!
I knew if my mom was physically present at the ceremony, she would insist on having the best seat in the house! Ayis and I decided to reserve that seat just for her, so I asked our florist to cover her chair with garden roses, a candle, and my favorite photo of us together. It’s probably one of my favorite things about our ceremony! My parents also had a gold Persian mirror with them on their wedding day, so I used it in the bridal suite as I was getting ready. It was really special looking into that mirror before heading out to see my groom; I knew that my mom also looked at herself that mirror on her wedding day. Right outside of the reception space, we set up a table full of family heirlooms and old pictures. It was really important to us that we showed our guests that love was a tradition in both sides of our family, and we really love how it all came together.
My mother always had a giant rose garden in our backyard when I was growing up, so I knew that I wanted Garden Roses to be the primary bloom for the whole wedding. Dahlias, jasmine, and Queen Anne’s Lace were used to compliment the roses in all the floral arrangements, with Italian Ruscus and Fern adding in lots of greenery. For the reception, lush foliage was used as table runners and centerpieces on all the long farm tables. One of our favorite things about our reception was the music! We hired the most fabulous vintage jazz band, and they played throughout cocktail hour, dinner, and our reception. We would highly recommend hiring a jazz band for any wedding; it’s the only way to please both the young generation and your grandparents, let me tell you! The band played “I’m in the Mood for Love” by Julie London for our first dance.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Hire a wedding planner! Elise from Brannan Events was ours, and she was the very first vendor we hired. We were the first kids in both of our families to get married, so we felt very inexperienced with the wedding industry. Elise was amazing at helping us stay decisive and on budget, and was instrumental in keeping the design cohesive and beautiful. At the very least, hire a month-of coordinator to handle all the logistics and setup. It was such a blessing not having to worry about anything but myself and my girls the morning of the wedding– I probably would have lost my marbles otherwise! We now call Elise and her husband, Michael, great friends, and hiring them to coordinate our wedding was probably the best decision we made. One more thing — don’t let the industry tell you that you that something is important, even though you disagree. We were told very early on in the process, to pick five things that we truly, deeply cared about for our wedding, and to forget the rest! I think the wedding industry is so detail oriented that it can become overwhelming and sometimes expensive. So pick five items that are super important to you (we chose venue, music, food, my dress, and photography), and don’t sweat about compromising on the rest. If you truly don’t care that much about having an expensive letterpress invitation suite, or a unique photo booth, or peonies in your bouquet, don’t feel bad about choosing what’s right for you.
From the photographer, Katie Rummel of Kreate Photography: Yassi and Ayis’s wedding was such an epic way to wrap up the 2016 season. Having worked with Elise of Brannan Events on other projects, I knew the day was going to be flawless and absolutely magnificent. Sand Rock Farm is a photographers dream, and after our multi location San Francisco engagement session, I knew they would appreciate a creative twist on their wedding photo’s. Having developed a relationship with the couple beforehand allowed me to capture intimate and magical images of them together. The thoughtful and abundant details were also a huge plus! I loved how everything came together. Their love for one another was palpable that day, and even more incredible with the natural backdrop that surrounded us. When I first asked Yassi and Ayis what they imagined for their wedding, they pictured a weekend full of love, laughter, and light! It would be an intimate gathering of our closest family and friends. They wanted to be surrounded by evergreen trees, ivy covered walls, and overflowing champagne glasses! Since all of Ayis’s family is from Greece and a lot of Yassis are from Iran, they knew it would be an international affair; full of dancing and mountains of food. Their theme was Industrial Chic. The bride and groom combined both of their visions by booking the most gorgeous venue, Sand Rock Farm. The redwood trees and gardens on the property fit perfectly with their vision and was incredibly inspiring for me documenting the day as it unfolded! The color palette was shades of blush, ivory, and champagne with pops of navy and burgundy as accents. Touches of metallic gold and bronze tied everything in with the industrial side of the theme.
Photography: Katie Rummel of Kreate Photography
Wedding Coordination: Elise Brannan of Brannan Events and Design
Floral Design: Amanda Connors Designs in Blooms at Sand Rock Farm
Venue: Sand Rock Farm
Catering and Dessert Table: Five Star Catering
Dress and Suit Designer: The Dress Theory
Jewelry: Heirloom Family Jewelry
Shoes: Steve Madden Shoes
Bridal Party Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar
Hair and Makeup: Jonathan Reisfeld Hair and Make Up
Rentals: View Point Events
Invitations: Honeyhue Paper Co.
Calligraphy: Oxford Lettering Co.
Guest Gifts: Personalized Agate Slices from Oxford Lettering Co.
Cake and Desserts: Sand Rock Farm