A Modern Museum Wedding at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, California

Kalya Paradis (30 and an occupational therapist) met Mike Shahindoust (31 and a mechanical engineer) in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California, so it was fitting for the couple to hold their wedding among the natural beauty of the park’s AIDS Memorial Grove. Their modern Persian-Jewish garden wedding for 110 guests incorporated elements from both of their backgrounds. “We had a chuppah for the Jewish ceremony and a sofreh aghd table with symbolic Persian items on it,” Kalya says. The blue and pink cocktail hour took place at the aquarium at the nearby California Academy of Sciences. “We chose a spectrum of ocean blues that we thought would work with the aquarium environment,” Kalya says. At the reception, vibrant pink flower centerpieces and succulents brightened up the deep turquoise tablecloths. “Neither of us had imagined a large, traditional wedding, but our families wanted that, so we figured we should make it a really groovy party for everyone.” —Carolyn Meers