A little rain couldn't stop the celebration at this California couple's wedding day, especially with a venue that's just as gorgeous inside as it is outside! Ana and Surasak met in 2004, as graduate students in a studio class while they were both getting their architectural design degrees. Ten years later, when Surasak decided to propose, the night began with a delicious (and entertaining!) meal at José Andrés' The Bazaar in Beverly Hills. The playful and indulgent meal set the scene, and when they returned to their apartment, Surasak got down on one knee and asked Ana to marry him.
The couple planned an intimate wedding — with just 70 guests — on April 25, 2015. They fell in love with Villa del Sol d'Oro, in Sierra Madre, California. "The villa is Italian inspired, with rows of cypress trees, fountains, and a dramatic approach. It felt like a destination wedding without going all the way to Italy," says Ana. And while the rustic, elegant bash was originally planned to be an outdoor affair, a spring rainstorm meant they had to go with Plan B. Fortunately, the inside space is equally striking! Check out Surasak and Ana's romantic wedding, photographed by Esther Sun Photography, below.
Ana couldn't decide between two BHLDN gowns, so she got both! She wore a more traditional ivory lace mermaid gown with a beaded sheer back for the ceremony, then changed into a blush lace corset and full skirt for the reception. Thankfully, her rose gold Manolo Blahnik pumps worked perfectly with both gowns, as did her crystal beaded hair comb.
Her voluminous bouquet combined vandela roses, peonies, and ranunculus, surrounded by soft dusty miller and tied with a satin ribbon.
Surasak put a modern twist on his classic Paul Smith tuxedo by opting for a charcoal gray hue and pairing it with dark brown shoes.
Says Ana, "Our planner and florist had set up a gorgeous ceremonial curtain draped with greenery, but we had to move everything inside when it started to rain. Thankfully we were able to get out to the canopy to take a few pictures first!"
Ana's five nieces served as flower girls, wearing blush gowns with embroidered bodices. They each carried an oversized silk peony down the aisle.
The couple exchanged traditional vows, adding a contemporary element to the ceremony with a guitarist singing Sara Bareilles' "I Choose You."
Before heading in to the reception, Ana changed into her blush gown and she and Surasak strolled the grounds of the villa.
"I loved that my second dress was a little bit unconventional," says Ana of the dusty rose hue. Her ring, however, was totally classic. She paired her diamond engagement ring with a delicate pavé wedding band.
Tables were originally set on the villa's stone patio, with a combination of long and round tables draped in ivory linens and surrounded by gold chivari chairs. The couple used the same color palette that made up their invitation suite — shades of blush, gray, and gold came played up the romantic style of their venue.
Lush centerpieces combined succulents, roses, hydrangeas, and ranunculus, surrounded by candles. Each guest's place was set with a gold charger and topped with a printed menu.
The villa's vaulted ceilings meant that moving everything inside didn't sacrifice an ounce of style. Lighting added a warm glow and highlighted the couple's sweetheart table, decorated with blush and ivory blooms and ornate gold lanterns.
Escort cards were written in white ink on craft paper, displayed on wooden trays. Elegant lounge furniture created a comfortable space for guests to relax (when not on the dance floor, of course!).
Dinner was a crowd-pleasing selection of marinated chicken and tri-tip served with garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, the pair cut into a mixed berry cake decorated with peonies. "We love sweets, so we also served eclairs, miniature fruit tarts, chausson aux pommes, and chocolate cake with hazelnut mousse," Ana says.
The bride and groom danced to "1,000 Years" by Christina Perri, with her father cutting in for the last few bars to finish off the song as a father-daughter dance. "Having the reception indoors ended up making the evening so cozy and intimate," says the bride. "We danced the night away to the sound of raindrops on the roof."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Villa del Sol d'Oro || Wedding Planner: Divine D-Day || Bride's Wedding Dresses: BHLDN || Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Hair & Makeup: Atelier by Tiffany || Bridesmaid's Dress: BHLDN || Groom's Attire: Paul Smith || Florist: Kristine Shin Designs || Invitations: Minted || Music: Shine Entertainment || Catering: Santa Anita Gardens || Cake: Sweet Lady Jane || Desserts: Chaumont Bakery & Café || Photography: Esther Sun Photography
Can't get enough of how utterly romantic this couple's stormy wedding day was? Then check out another pair that made the most of rainy weather during their reception in the video below.