She’s Indian; his family is Scottish; they’re both federal prosecutors who meet, fall in love, and stage a wedding the town is still talking about. (TV execs, are you listening??) Honoring the bride’s heritage, the groom arrived at the ceremony like a prince—perched atop a painted pachyderm who paraded his pulchritude down a prime Pasadena promenade, preceded by a passel of bhangra dancers and perky percussionists. The performance proceeded perfectly, thanks to the pre-arranged police parking permits. (Phew!) A bagpiper in full kilt regalia joined the procession, which wound up to the terrace of the Pasadena Museum of Art. At sunset, a Hindu Fire Ritual launched the Indian ceremony, for which the bride wore a beautiful crimson silk gown. Then the Western ceremony began with a California Supreme Court Justice singing Ave Maria. This highly personalized wedding of Napu & Tim Searight was featured on Diane Sawyer’s Primetime Wedding Special (unfortunately, they didn’t bring the elephant.)
More multi-cultural flair was on display at the Suhaag International Bridal Fair, where Here Comes The Guide staffer Lisa Edd was On the Scene: “My favorite part of the day was the fashion show. It began with a wonderful Indian dance performance, including adorable young children. I had a front row seat, which gave me an up-close view of some gorgeous gowns with both Indian and African patterns by Swati Couture and other designers. The models came in all shapes and sizes, just like real women! Part of the runway even had a chuppah (supplied by Certified By The Guide vendor Under The Chuppah.) The fair was a total blast!” Keep checking our Wedding Fairs page for Suhaag’s next event.
I’m always interested in how an industry pro arranges her own “I Do” bash, and recently I chatted with Il Fornaio’s former Marketing Director Tammy Bradley (née Karpenko) for the details of her elegant garden ceremony at the incomparable Kohl Mansion. One romantic touch she incorporated into her ceremony was a butterfly release. Naturally, the sit-down reception was catered by Il Fornaio (yes, they now bring their award-winning Italian to you! Mmmmm…) and the turquoise blue-and-cream décor was inspired by Tiffany’s. Following suit was the beautiful two-layer fondant cake by Sonja Hong of Butterfly Cakes. Meanwhile, guests swayed to music provided by Soundsation. Tammy says The Guide was a great help in organizing all the elements: “Here Comes The Guide was my daily ritual when planning the wedding of my dreams.”
The arrival of Spring, the traditional time for renewal, prompted me to make some quality time for personal rejuvenation. I began at the Spa Village in Ojai Valley Inn. This supremely natural and uplifting oasis never fails to connect me to nature (as well as my inner flower girl!). I delighted in my Ojai Orange Scrub and Aromatherapy Massage, followed by a peaceful respite lounging poolside. (A stroll through the Herb Garden, redolent with lavender and rosemary, reminded me what a wedding wonderland the Inn is!)
The Beach Bunny in me reveled in ONE, the popular spa at Santa Monica’s Shutters on the Beach. Extraordinary treatments and products draw tourists and celebs alike (I spotted LeAnne Rimes & her hubby looking relaxed and romantic in matching fluffy-white robes!) Don’t miss ONE’s Tropical Rain Treatment, an array of ceiling showerheads that sends a cascade of warm drops over your (nearly naked) body!
Feeling a tad selfish, I treated my girlfriends to a Spa Party, courtesy of Indulgence The Home Spa. We had a blast getting pedicures, make-up lessons and chair massages right in my friend’s living room! This spa-to-go is an amazing discovery for busy brides who want to bring the pre-wedding prep to wherever they happen to be. Indulgence experts will color, cut and style your hair; have your make-up picture perfect; even wax your delicate areas! Make ho-hum bachelorette parties a thing of the past—invite Indulgence to pamper you and your attendants. (They even brought champagne!)
For more Central Coast spa tips, visit spadefined.com, which has all the scoop on mud, massage, manicures and more (and tell Melissa we sent you!)