Though Natasha and Farhad met in London in January of 2010, they still haven't quite gotten the story of how they met straight. "An old friend of mine invited me to dinner, where I met Farhad. We still don't know whether or not it was a set-up!" Natasha laughs. But set-up or not, something clicked, and the couple dated until Natasha moved back to the New York, and then some. Nearly two years later, after countless hours on Skype and transatlantic flights, Farhad moved to New York.
When Farhad decided to propose, it was actually Natasha who was in the midst of planning a surprise. "I was planning a surprise birthday party for him, but it didn't work out because instead, he took me to Big Sur to ask me to marry him," she remembers. Nine months later, on March 12th, 2014, they brought just six guests with them to the beaches of St. Lucia for a sunny, simple wedding, photographed by Lilian Haidar.
In keeping with the elegant, uncomplicated theme, Natasha chose a lace-embellished A-line gown by Pronovias. "I wanted something sophisticated and detailed, but also comfortable and wearable," says the bride.
Since her dress was on the simple side, Natasha went sparkly with her shoes, choosing rhinestone-studded peep toes. Her bouquet was an all-white cluster of roses and orchids.
Farhad dressed for the occasion in a dark navy J.Crew Ludlow suit, a perfect choice for a formal celebration in a more laid-back environment.
The ceremony took place on Sugar Beach's Sunset Deck. With such a small group, the couple skipped the formal aisle, choosing instead to keep their loved ones close by. The bamboo arch was wrapped with white fabric and decorated with roses, orchids, and anthurium.
For the reception, the group gathered in one of the resort's cabanas. "Since there were only eight of us, a private cabana was the perfect choice," says Natasha. The table was dressed in white, topped with anthurium, roses, and orchids. For dinner, they ate tuna carpaccio, pan-seared Mahi Mahi, and grilled tenderloin. Instead of a signature cocktail, the couple and their guests toasted with Champagne. "Friends had given us a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal for our engagement, so we brought it to the island to share with our family for dinner," the bride explains.
The couple celebrated with a traditional Caribbean fruitcake. "The whole day was perfect," says Natasha. "We had good-luck rain in the morning, saw a rainbow during breakfast, then the day itself was so relaxed. But that's not to say that we weren't relieved when it was over! Even the simplest wedding requires a lot of planning."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Sugar Beach || Wedding Planner: Marcus Joseph of Sugar Beach || Bride's Wedding Dress: Pronovias || Shoes: Ivanka Trump || Jewelry: Mikimoto || Hair & Makeup: Karen Lewis of The Rainforest Spa || Bridesmaid's Dress: J.Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Eliza J || Groom's Attire: J.Crew || Florist: Beverley Charlemagne of Jardin Tropical || Catering: Bayside Restaurant || Photography: Lilian Haidar