For Sarina and Kasra, planning their June wedding was all about keeping it in the family. They turned to Kasra's sister-in-law, Mary Sarah Baker, a special-events pro, for her expertise and guidance. And for their scenic backdrop, the couple chose Sarina's mother's home in Water Mill, New York, where vibrant sunsets were at their service. "We wanted to relate to our wedding location on a personal level," says the bride. "We loved the idea of opening our family home to friends."
The couple planned their wedding to evoke the feel of an enchanted springtime fantasy, so they envisioned plenty of candlelight and a color palette of green and white with a pop of fuchsia. New York City–based floral designer Michael George infused the decor with peonies, dogwood and cherry blossoms. "Kas and I wanted the party to feel romantic and comfortable at the same time, and it did," says Sarina. After a traditional Jewish ceremony, guests relaxed near the pool while sipping kir royales—one of the couple's favorite cocktails—and Sarina and Kasra mingled with family and friends.
New England–based Soul Sound Revue played Motown hits as the crowd sampled hors d'oeuvres from Canard Catering Inc. in NYC, such as saffron chicken skewers, to honor Kasra's Persian heritage. There were also macaroni-and-cheese bites served on Parmesan crisps—a favorite of Sarina. Later on, after a dinner of grilled beef and truffled potatoes, DJ Jared Dietch of NYC nightclub Marquee made an appearance, spinning tunes until the early morning, at which point a buffet of bagels, lox, Danish and fruit was served to the remaining revelers.—Cristi L. Hansen
Learn From Sarina and Kasra
Share Your History: The first flowers Kasra (comically) bought for Sarina were an entire bucket of purple tulips from a deli market. The two incorporated this inside joke at their wedding by using this bloom on their cake and by giving each guest a purple chocolate tulip to take home.
Offer Comfortable Options: The couple arranged for a shoe check, where guests could trade their heels and loafers for flip-flops. "We didn’t want their shoes getting caught on the deck while they were dancing!" says the bride.
Give Meaningful Favors: Sarina and Kasra hold Seeds of Peace charity close to their hearts. They made a contribution on behalf of their guests and gave a card that explained the donation to each person.