Two year anniversary & The DL on our Wedding


Wow! It's been two years since we are officially "married". I still get all the feels when I think about saying "I Do" in the beautiful city hall of San Francisco. Sedat was extremely worried that day because his English was still lacking but to our luck, we had the coolest guy marry us!

Sedat actually moved oceans and continents to be with me (*lucky me!*) so we decided to get hitched right away to never be apart from each other again. In my mind, I did not even really want a wedding, my dream was to be next to him always. Though I got my wish, our family thought it'd be best if we still had an official wedding in Istanbul, where most of our family and friends reside.


So the idea was to have 200 people max at our wedding....but we ended up having a massive wedding with 500 people. We had amazing photographer/videographers, wedding planners, bridal gown designer, cake chef, make-up/hair artists, floral arrangements, bridesmaids/groomsmen, you name it! Everything was excellent and to this day I still get questions asked on Instagram of what I wore, where I bought what etc. So I wanted to share everything, once and for all!

The wedding that I had in mind was always in a forest, laid-back & bohemian style. I pictured picnic tables, fire-fly lights, communal eating, eco-friendly silverware, and organic food. I knew there was no way I could have all those things with planning a wedding in two weeks & overseas, so we picked a venue that would be similar (yep, two weeks!). Our wedding was held at Event Garden in Belgrad Forest on the European side of Istanbul. The venue was extremely zen, it had a lily pond with frogs, surrounded by forest trees and fresh air. The food was delicious (hence Turkish Food) and the staff was very accommodating.


Sedat & I stayed at The Elysium for the night of the wedding & I had my make-up and hair done there by the amazing Gokhan Yalciner and his crew Jonat's Couture. He was extremely professional and fun, regardless of the fact that I was nervous and a bit stressed out.


Our florals were from a little creative boutique in Nistantasi called Vesaire. I gave them a color scheme and left everything else to their imagination.


My beautiful gown was designed by the sweetest and most talented woman, Banu Guven. The wedding gown was sewn by delicate French and Italian lace & beading and is one of a kind. Her work is truly amazing, go check her out!


Here's the breakdown for our wedding:

with love,