Diviya & Sumit: A Bright & Bold Color Story in Newport Beach

Real Wedding
Written by
Lainey Dow


Winter 2018

Sumit told Diviya he would be going on a golf trip with friends for the weekend and arranged for Diviya’s best friends to take her to the lovely Getty Villa in Malibu, where he surprised her in the picturesque garden and asked her to marry him. After a romantic picnic, the surprises continued as friends and family awaited the couple at the restaurant where they first met.

When Diviya and Sumit began planning their wedding day, they instantly knew that they wanted to incorporate the look of India’s Mughal palaces while capturing their American culture as well. With help from Shawna Yamamoto Event Design, the couple transformed the ceremony and reception venues into incredible spaces showcasing lush design and impeccable details.

Lovely marigolds hung from arbors leading to the ceremony venue. Symbolic of the sun, brightness and positive energy, the blooms overflowed from vases and accented the golden decor. 

The breathtaking ceremony space overlooking the stunning Back Bay showcased amphitheater-style seating for guests resembling a palace courtyard. Custom-made metallic screens encompassed the gold tones of the day, while sheer white drapery added a light and airy touch to the design. Beautiful florals with pops of pink, orange and blush flanked both sides of the ceremony stage, and flower petals made for the prettiest of aisles.

Diviya’s dream was to have ombre floral centerpieces. Shawna Yamamoto Event Design brought her vision to life with vibrant shades of pink blending into light ivory blooms atop the reception tables. A variety of orchids, hydrangeas, sweet peas, ranunculus and roses created the feeling of a lush garden, while elegant table settings completed the regal space. 

An incredible white stage featured romantic glass candles and beautiful floral arrangements as well as two grand trees connecting in the middle, beautifully symbolizing the connection of the bride and groom and adding a pop of greenery to the glamorous reception.

Diviya and Sumit chose a trio of songs for their first dance, perfectly capturing their personalities and styles. John Legend’s “All of Me” holds a special place in their hearts as their song. But then they surprised their guests with a salsa performance to Elvis Crespo’s “Suavemente” and then ended with a homage to their Indian culture with a traditional bhangra dance.

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