Undone garlands and hand-painted posies turn heads at the Carmel Valley wedding of Katherine Bardis and Bay Miry
Sacramento developers Katherine Bardis and Bay Miry met on a blind date, prolonged by stops at two local bars. “There was an instant connection,” Katherine says. Four years later, the couple recited handwritten vows beside a wall of cascading white blooms at Stonepine Estate.
“When I saw the aisle and the flowers, I was in tears because it was so much more beautiful than I ever imagined,” says Katherine of the pair’s Carmel Valley wedding. She had hoped the venue grounds would be “exploding with flowers,” but says she found herself stunned by the intricate white rose arches that florist Mark’s Garden devised.
Of course, Katherine, of the building firm Bardis Homes, was already intimately familiar with the property specs. “The project required structural engineering, and we had to create the environment down to the studs in the floor, so I knew what it would look like,” she confides. But, nuts and bolts aside, a first glimpse of the artfully unkempt design masterminded by Mindy Weiss wowed the bride as she and her father arrived in a vintage Rolls-Royce.
The affair embraced the duo’s respective ethnicities: Bay’s sister read a poem explaining the couple’s sofreh aghd (a ceremonial table inspired by Bay’s Persian background), which was followed by the traditional Greek crowning of the bride and groom in a nod to Katherine’s familial heritage. Inside the meticulously constructed tent, the bride debuted a Gucci gown, a pale-green, made-to-order tulle confection hemmed with hand-painted silk flowers. Bay, also clad in Gucci DIY, led his wife to the dance floor to the opening strains of Etta James’ “At Last.” Their stylist, Mary Gonsalves Kinney, reflects, “There was no going back once Katherine saw the dress. It matched the five-million-flowers aesthetic of the wedding perfectly.”
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Photography by NICHOLAS WRAY.
WRITTEN BY ELIZABETH VARNELL.