An Elegant Waterfront Wedding at Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara in California
After their Persian wedding, Catherine Alaghebandian and Hamed Alaghebandian hosted an elegant, intimate Western celebration with friends. The Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara served as an tropical backdrop to the day's events, including a nontraditional waterfront ceremony. "We decided to exchange vows during the cocktail reception while the sun was setting, and we opted out of the walking down the aisle again," Catherine says. "The vows were special because we wrote them ourselves, and we didn't exchange vows at the Persian ceremony." Two plentiful arrangements of white flowers and greenery framed the couple, who wore a laid-back flowy dress and and a bespoke suit. For dinner, Catherine and Hamed put together 16 antique-inspired tables to create two long 88-foot tables. "My goal was for the plates to get lost within all of the flowers," Catherine says. "We had a mix of fresh flowers and an abundance of candles placed down the center of each long table." Guests dined on delicious food throughout the whole affair, including ceviche bar, a burger bar and a local ice cream truck.