Bride's Wedding Dress
Mali B. Sweets
For couple Sara and Zahir, who "eat, breathe and live organic," a midsummer wedding on the shores of Montauk, New York—one rich in hues named for herbs and grains like oatmeal and sage—was a no-brainer. "We wanted the colors and mood to be very natural and calming," Sara says of their celebration.
By mixing mid-century modern design with understated surf-town vibes, the couple crafted a wedding at Solé East that exuded the "relaxed sophistication we wanted to maintain," Sara says.
Sewn invitations requested that guests dress in "Hamptons chic" attire for the couple's evening event. Also in Sara and Zahir's stationery suite: an illustrated card depicting the New York City skyline, which directed guests to the couple's wedding website.
Its ruched bodice and beaded cap sleeves made Sara's Reem Acra gown glamorous enough for a formal fete—but its "sheath cut made the dress seem more Montauk-appropriate," the bride explains.
The dress also featured an ever-so-slight train that trailed in the island's breeze.
The bride's ultra-lush, whimsical bouquet mixed the palest of grey silk cuffs with apricot roses and seeded eucalyptus.
The bridesmaids' bouquets, too, included airy seeded eucalyptus with a dash of peach silk cuffs and streamers.
Sara and Zahir exchanged vows beneath a tree draped in orchid garlands—a nod to the groom's Indian background.
That same tree—complete with its orchid garlands—appeared on the couple's ceremony programs in the form of a custom illustration.
It was important for Sara and Zahir to share stories during the ceremony—"how we met, became a couple and our love for each other and our families," Sara says. "We read our personal vows to each other as well."
Strolling along the Seine on a pre-wedding moon in Paris, Sara and Zahir spotted the lovers' bridge—officially the Passerelle des Arts—and couldn't resist adding their own lock to the thousands already latched to the bridge's chain-link fences.
Sara and Zahir so loved the idea of this invulnerable symbol of love that they adapted the concept for their wedding. By engraving guests' names onto locks and seating assignments on keys, the couple crafted a unique escort card display on a fence embellished with with flowers and vines. "All the girls ended up locking them on their purses as keepsakes," the bride says.
A peaked sailcloth Sperry Tent "went perfectly with our natural, beach vibe," Sara says.
Sara and Zahir opted for an interactive art installation over a traditional wedding guestbook. Using a vintage surfboard as their canvas, the couple asked guests to snap Polaroid pictures of themselves and pin them to the board. "It turned out great," the bride says, "and it's a great keepsake for us in our new home."
Florist Saipua kept the reception décor "California beach chic with contemporary and sophisticated elements."
Air plants and ancillary composites held in small cement vases acted as centerpieces on the couple's banquet-style tables, while Manzanita branches—meant to evoke the look of driftwood—ran the length of the tabletops.
Grey votive candle holders and oatmeal linen tablecloths picked up the softest hues of the couple's color palette, while titanium charger plates and contemporary flatware "brought in the sophistication factor," the bride says.
Scrolling white script by Kathryn Murray denoted each table number.
Sara's bouquet was reused on the couple's cake table, adding a hint of color to their otherwise white cake display.
Guests chose from slices of hazelnut and chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and hazelnut croquant.
Willow tree saplings tied to two center poles brought a bit of nature into the reception space, creating "the feeling of trees growing inside the tent and a canopy over guests," the bride says.
String lights were hung inside the reception tent and across the Solé East property.
Sara and Zahir didn't want anything to slow down the reception—not even a slow song for the bride and groom's first dance. "Our first dance was not a traditional slow song, but something that would get the party started," Sara explains. That song? Calvin Harris' uptempo Feel So Close to You Right Now.