Ahalya & Ian

We can’t get enough of rich, vibrant colors in a wedding palette! Ahayla and Ian’s ceremony at Stryker Sonoma Winery incorporated such beautiful traditions from their families. In Ahalya’s own words, “We knew we wanted to share our passion for food and wine with our loved ones as well as take advantage of the beauty of our home state of California. We had just moved back to San Francisco from Chicago and looking for an outdoor venue in Napa or Sonoma county was an obvious choice for us.”

See the feature on Style Me Pretty here

“Planning a Hindu wedding outdoors meant we had to get creative, as Hindu ceremonies are typically held indoors against a wall. What we ended up with was a beautiful view of the vineyard behind the mandap (stage with pillars), which was itself draped with fabric and adorned with flowers. We also wanted to get away from the colors you traditionally see in a Hindu wedding and went with softer colors that complemented the outdoor setting rather than distracted from it.”

“For the reception, we wanted our guests to sit down to a beautiful but comfortable setting. We arranged long tables in a square with the dance floor in the middle, which created a sense of unity. Tables were named after some of our favorite restaurants and, to the extent possible, we sat people at tables named after restaurants we’ve eaten at together or in the city they live. This was a fun way to spark memories and make recommendations.”