The 50-guest American wedding was hosted this August, at Pates’ s childhood home overlook-
ing the mountains in New Hampshire. The newlyweds arrived two days before the big day, as did a lot of their friends, so they spent the first evening at a local brewery playing outdoor games as a warm-up to the nuptials the following day. The wedding was approached almost as a family project—they worked as a team to mix and match Pates’s mother’s china and decor accents with rentals, tied together with linen from her brand Two Dawson. Pates’s brother, who runs the design company STONM Works, built the tables from scratch.
His father, a retired journalist and creative director as well as an avid record collector who now runs a radio station, was not only the wedding DJ, but also built the DJ booth and bar with his bare hands. “We worked together to create the ultimate mini party with a natural family gathering vibe—personal but elevated,” smiles Javed. The cake—a ginger, olive oil, salted espresso, chocolate ganache cake with toasted coconut, herbed raspberry jam, brown butter, cardamom and buttercream—was by South Hampshire-based baker Aimee France, who the bride discovered via Instagram and booked months in ahead. Javed’s mother set up a chai station with paraphernalia
she bought from Pakistan.
The table setting was a mix and match of Pates’s mother’s china and decor accents with rentals, tied together with linen from her brand Two Dawson.