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Modern South Asian Wedding at Amaterra Winery

A beautiful fusion of south Asian culture with clean, modern design at Amaterra winery
By: 
Lara M. Burnap

Rebecca Foster of Indigo Event Design was inspired by the idea of reflecting how two individuals from different backgrounds and cultures come together in marriage. “I was inspired to create a wedding design that would combine opposite styles in a way that created both harmony and yet uniquely reflected each style,” explains Foster. “I sought to combine both modern and vintage, Western and Eastern, natural organic vibes and harsh clean lines.” Amaterra Winery, which features sweeping views of the Willamette Valley, provided the perfect setting. Nestled high in Portland’s West Hills and just minutes from downtown, Amaterra set the scene with its concrete structures, hip abstract artwork and clean lines.  

"As a wedding designer‭, ‬I am forever‭ ‬inspired‭ ‬by marriage itself‭, ‬the coming‭ ‬together‭ ‬of‭ ‬two‭ ‬people with completely different‭ ‬backgrounds‭, ‬upbringings‭, ‬preferences‭ ‬and‭ ‬talents‭.‬" —Rebecca Foster‭, ‬Indigo Event Design‭ ‬

Cody” by BRIDE by Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory features a traditional silhouette with a sophisticated flair due to the asymmetrical off-the-shoulder sleeve.

"Cody” by BRIDE by Sarah Seven from The Dress Theory features a traditional silhouette with a sophisticated flair due to the asymmetrical off-the-shoulder sleeve.

Even though the pattern is centuries old, the timeless look of black-and-white Indian and Moroccan tiles, with their star and cross patterns, imbues the scene with a midcentury modern ambiance. The tile design is repeated throughout the décor, including on the wedding cake, on the star-patterned invitation suite and in the henna designs on Shavali’s and Sophia’s hands and feet.  

Amaterra Winery’s catering department created a harvest-style menu that included roasted and carved beef striploin, roasted rainbow carrots with hazelnut chermoula, mint and dill, roasted beets and blueberries, cedar-roasted wild salmon and more. Desserts included macarons of the moment, red wine canelées and strawberries and cream canalés with Genovese basil.

The mirrored silver lehenga reflects the light so brilliantly, it’s reminiscent of a disco ball. The satin side bows on her modern black bridal shoes add a hint of vintage.

The lehenga from Kynah combines a traditional Indian bridal silhouette with a modern gold-and-silver sequined pattern. The jewelry is a combination of traditional Indian pieces and Oscar de la Renta jewelry. 

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