Real Wedding: Andra & Christopher

There’s always something so lovely and intimate about a backyard wedding (and I love this bride’s unique style!)…

Andra’s mother handmade this unusual head piece with tarnished gold lace from the bride’s grandmother’s gown.

Instead of separate seating for the ceremony, guests were invited to sit at the dinner table and enjoy antipasti during the traditional Romanian Orthodox ceremony.

Andra shared some details about the day…

Why did you choose this for your wedding?  Our primary goal was to have a welcoming and elegant event that would also end up being a great party. As a result we focused more on the elements of a great party, and less on the trappings of traditional wedding. Once we decided to have the ceremony and the party at Chris’s grandfather’s home, then the design aspects seemed to come together. We took advantage of the glorious garden at the home, and hosted a rustic dinner-party with slight influences from the 1920’s.

What kind of music did you play?  We put together a personalized soundtrack for the entire event, starting with church choral music and bells for the ceremony. After the ceremony, we combined a variety of folkloric music from Romania, Italy, Ireland, and Eastern Europe to reflect our families’ backgrounds. We also mixed in jazz from the 1920’s-1940’s, French chansonnettes and Italian canzonette. For the dancing portion, we had a mixture of modern music with classic rock ‘n’ roll. Chris and I danced our first dance to Leonard Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love.”

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? In keeping with our wish for a rustic dinner, all guests, family members, and members of the wedding party sat at one long dinner table. As an icebreaker, upon the guests’ arrival, we started out with large, country-style breads, cheeses, salami and other hors d’oeuvres shared at the dinner table. To maximize ease and comfort, guests were seated at this same table for ceremony, which took place under a large oak tree directly across from the dinner table. After the ceremony ended, the rest of the event focused on enjoying dinner and dancing together with our guests, so we left the afternoon to develop on its own without any set timetable.



Photography: Julie Mikos / Venue: private home in Los Altos Hills, California / Bride’s dress: custom / Gold ballet shoes: Chloé / Point-toe shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Groom’s suit: Cesare Attolini / Groom’s shirt: Ermenegildo Zegna / Neck tie: Brioni / Cake: Cake Divas / Rentals: La Tavola Linen


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