A Colorful Multicultural Wedding at Bel-Air Bay Club in Los Angeles, California

To honor their three cultures—Chinese, Persian and American—Kristy Gao (25 and a business professional) and Alireza Fard (34 and a physician) held a t

To honor their three cultures—Chinese, Persian and American—Kristy Gao (25 and a business professional) and Alireza Fard (34 and a physician) held a trio of ceremonies at Bel-Air Bay Club in Los Angeles, California. First, they sat at a sofreh aghd for the Persian ceremony. Then they exchanged vows in English with the Pacific Ocean as their backdrop. After cocktail hour they performed a Chinese tea ceremony. The vibrant gold, red and jewel-tone palette for the day drew inspiration from fine art. “I'm an amateur painter and was inspired by the vivid colors of Dutch still life paintings,” Kristy says. “Since gold is a popular color in bother Chinese and Persian cultures, there was plenty of that as well.” After the American and Persian ceremonies, the 150 guests headed inside to the reception, where a range of food was served. “We had a variety of food to reflect our cultures,” Kristy says. “There was Peking roast duck, seafood and kebabs, followed by a five-course dinner.” Coordinating such a busy day was a true challenge, and Kristy advises brides to anticipate slip-ups and accept them. “Don't stress on the big day,” she says. “Mistakes will happen, but no one will notice. Enjoy your big day with your husband—it flies by too quickly.” —Carolyn Meers

Kristy and Ali held three ceremonies to honor their different cultures, so Kristy wore three dresses. This gold design was for their Persian ceremony.
Kristy's bridesmaids wore a range of deep jewel-tone gowns to reflect the day's vibrant colors.
For their American ceremony, Kristy and Ali exchanged vows with a scenic ocean backdrop at Bel-Air Bay Club in Los Angeles, California.
To match the day's elegant, formal feel, Ali and his groomsmen wore classic black tuxedos.
Kristy and Ali chose Bel-Air Bay Club in Los Angeles, California, for its oceanside location and its optional indoor reception space.
Kristy and Ali exchanged vows in English, then sat at a Persian sofreh aghd. Later, they honored Kristy's Chinese heritage with a tea ceremony.
"We wanted our ceremony to overlook the ocean but our reception to be indoors, and our venue allowed us both," says Kristy, who held three wedding ceremonies at Bel-Air Bay Club in Los Angeles, California.
In keeping with the enchanted garden theme, the indoor reception was bedecked with flower chandeliers made with hydrangeas, wisteria and greenery. "My favorite detail was the hanging wisteria that my florist draped all over the ceiling of the venue," Kristy says.
"I wanted my centerpieces to be vividly colored and thought blue velvet tablecloths brought everything together nicely," Kristy says. "I personally designed the round menu cards and made the fortune cookie placeholders."
Lark Cake shop created the couple's vibrant violet cake, which was topped with whimsical blossoms—a perfect fit for the enchanted-garden theme.
After cocktail hour, Kristy and Ali honored Kristy's heritage with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
At the indoor reception, guests sat under romantic string lights and dined on kebabs, Peking roast duck, and seafood, which was all followed by a five-course dinner.