An Elegant, Multicultural Wedding at Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California

Kristina Shen (28 and in finance) and Gautam Gupta (35 and in technology) wanted to celebrate their Chinese and Indian cultures in a sophisticated gar

Kristina Shen (28 and in finance) and Gautam Gupta (35 and in technology) wanted to celebrate their Chinese and Indian cultures in a sophisticated garden wedding in Rutherford, California. “I always knew I wanted an outdoor wedding in wine country,” says Kristina, who chose the well-manicured Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California, for the ceremony and reception. “There was also so much beautiful green everywhere on the property. We didn't need to add much more to the existing beauty.” While there were two ceremonies, the palette adhered to fresh peach, pink and blush tones. For the Indian ceremony, Gautam entered in on a decorated horse behind a walking drummer. This was quickly followed by a nondenominational ceremony led by the couple’s former boss. At the on-site reception, the 132 guests sipped on lemonade in the shade before sitting down to dinner at tables that were topped with vases of peach and pink blossoms and positioned under a shady arbor. “The hanging bubble vases hanging overhead at dinner were my favorite part of the reception decor,” Kristina says. “We had over 160 of them hanging in the arbor of the reception.” As the evening came to a close, guests enjoyed an array of Chinese and Indian treats in easy-to-eat single servings. —Carolyn Meers

To complete her elegant, romantic wedding look, Kristina paired these lacy heels with her strapless Vera Wang gown.
The pink and cream garden rose bouquets complemented Kristina’s ivory gown and the coral bridesmaid dresses.
Kristina carried a bouquet of crisp white orchids with touches of leafy greenery.
Kristina wore Vera Wang’s strapless Hannah dress with a tulle skirt. She had a tattooed henna on her arms to honor of Gautam’s Indian traditions.
Gautum sported a deep navy suit, a crisp white boutonniere and a blush pink tie.
Guests were served refreshing lemonade during the cocktail hour at Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California.
“We performed traditions such as circling the flame and walking seven steps together to represent seven marriage vows,” Kristina says of the Indian service, which was followed by a nondenominational ceremony led by the couple’s former boss.
Kristina's Chinese traditions were also honored in a special ceremony at Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California.
“We performed traditions such as circling the flame and walking seven steps together to represent seven marriage vows,” Kristina says of the Indian service, which was followed by a nondenominational ceremony led by the couple’s former boss.
“We performed traditions such as circling the flame and walking seven steps together to represent seven marriage vows,” Kristina says of the Indian service, which was followed by a nondenominational ceremony led by the couple’s former boss.
The Indian service was followed by a nondenominational ceremony led by the couple’s former boss.
After the two ceremonies, guests were served a variety of appetizers at the Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California.
“I always knew I wanted an outdoor wedding in wine country,” says Kristina, who chose the well-manicured Beaulieu Garden in Rutherford, California, for the ceremony and reception. “There was also so much beautiful green everywhere on the property. We didn't need to add much more to the existing beauty.”
In a reference to Gautam's Indian heritage, escort cards were  anchored with petite silver elephants.
Tables sat under a shady arbor in the garden, decorated with vases of peach and pink blossoms. “The bubble vases hanging overhead at dinner were my favorite part of the reception decor,” Kristina says. “We had over 160 of them hanging in the arbor of the reception.”
Personal jokes and nicknames were used as titles for each table.
Guests were provided an array of desserts provided in handy single servings.