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 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