David and I planned to have our wedding ceremony and reception in Costa Rica, for our love of the sun and surf, and invite our close friends and family to witness our union under the chuppah and celebrate with us. But as it turned out, our family had some exciting events that would prevent a few close family members from joining us. So, in an effort to include everyone closest to us in our celebration, we decided to have 2 wedding celebrations: a religious ceremony and reception in Costa Rica on May 12, 2009, and a legal ceremony and dinner on April 5, 2009, which would be a small gathering of just the immediate family, and my best childhood girlfriend, to be held in the garden of the private residence of David’s father and step-mother in Marin, CA. We were fortunate to have David’s 96 year-old grandfather, who is an internationally-known Rabbi, officiate our legal ceremony for us, and have our closest family members in attendance, totaling 16 people.
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was warm, the sun was shining, and love and joy were all around us. I wore a spring-time white, halter dress from BCBG and fuscia colored, satin heels from Stuart Weitzman. David wore a custom button-down shirt by Ascot Chang, pants from Banana Republic, a belt from The Hound, and shoes by Auri Footwear.
The florals were arranged and presented by Main Street Florist, San Anselmo, CA, the Costa Rican inspired menu was prepared and served by Stacy Scott Fine Catering, San Rafael, CA, the wedding cake was designed and created by Shin Min Li of I Dream of Cake, San Francisco, CA, and our photography was shot by Janet and Lisa of JL Photografia, Monterey, CA.
Main Street Flora Gardens – (415) 485-2996
Stacey Scott Fine Catering – 415-455-8181
I Dream of Cake - 415-989-2253
JL Photografia – 760-494-5894 serving northern ca + available for travel
[images from JL Photografia]
I thought I would send ours over for you to see and maybe add to the Save the Date features. Although, I have to say I’m a little nervous sending you pictures, since I know that you look at amazing wedding inspiration every day. They are DIY with lots love. Our amazing friends and family helped us form an assembly line one weekend at my house to put together all the pieces. I used my favorite Cricut and Cuttlebug craft machines for cutting the numbers and embossing. The paper products including the mini envelopes are from Paper Source. They were hard work, but we’ve been getting lots of fun feedback from our guests and I’m hoping that it gets them excited for the wedding that is to come. Now I just have to figure out what to do for our invitations!
[images from Michelle]
My husband Rama and I are both artists with a special fondness for children’s book illustration, so our wedding theme was vintage + children’s book + and just plain sweet. Our printed materials were inspired by The Little Prince, one of our favorite books. For the save-the-date, Rama drew a portrait of me as a girl and I drew a portrait of him as a boy, and the two versions were sent out to our respective families and friends. The story continues — and the two drawings coming together — with our invitations.
[images from Christine]
My husband and I were married last December in Sydney, Australia and our favourite photographer was not able to attend. So when we returned to frigid Toronto, Ontario, where we live, we did a little shoot out on frozen Lake Ontario, wearing our wedding gear (as well as vintage bear fur stole and warmer boots
The photographer was Matt O’Sullivan who I believe is one of the best emerging wedding photographers in our city, growing his business from his amazing street photography work: http://thenarrative.net/
[images from Matt O'Sullivan]
we got a lot of positive – fun feedback about our save-the-dates. we wanted something casual, but slightly different. i loved the idea of a card that opened up, and my husband who plays in a band, liked the music/poster style. inadvertently we chose a sort of typical mardi gras color combo – something that was perfect as i spent 7 years living in new orleans.
[image by Marit Hanson]