Hawaii, anyone? Sarah and Abe had a beautiful, breezy destination wedding on the island of Oahu, and their photos (courtesy JAC Photo) make me even more excited for our Hawaiian honeymoon (sorry – had to slip that in there; I’m so excited about it!). Also, you all know how much I love a clean green and white color palette. So why the destination wedding? “It was always a dream of ours to have a destination wedding,” says the bride. “It was a lot of work, but in the end it was well worth it. We had the most memorable day of our lives in a beautiful setting and we got to spend a week in Hawaii with 55 of our closest friends and family.”
custom wedding shoes for the groom
Custom Converse shoes (with the wedding date stitched on the heel) seem like perfect casual footwear for a beach wedding, don’t you think?
kukui nut necklace
beach wedding with paper parasols
To make sure their guests were comfortable, Sarah and Abe provided flip flops and paper parasols for the beach ceremony. Also, it might be hard to believe based on these pictures, but it was raining until just an hour before the ceremony!
tossing white rose petals
tropical punch cocktails
Tropical cocktails added a pop of color to the otherwise neutral palette.
grass escort card display
The wedding was outfitted with plenty of DIY love. Says the bride, “When you can’t find exactly what you like, you just have to make it yourself!” Her close friend designed the invitations as a wedding gift, and Sarah was able to use the artwork for her other stationery. For their centerpieces, the couple bought wood boxes at Ikea and stained them darker to get the color they wanted (they were also able to sell them to their florist after the wedding – smart thinking!). Sarah’s mother made the burlap table runners.
wedding tent on a lawn
bride and groom looking at the ocean
Don’t you want to hop on the next flight to Hawaii?
You all know how I feel about City Hall weddings – I just adore their simplicity and sweetness. Nicole and Anthony were married at New York City Hall, and they added some of their retro style to the day (including Nicole’s awesome vintage car).
driving to city hall
rear view mirror bride
retro wedding car
city hall wedding
gold wedding colors
The bride purchased her French Connection dress the night before the wedding!
retro net veil
city hall wedding kiss
short lace dress
bride and groom on the brooklyn bridge
The Brooklyn Bridge was the perfect backdrop for post-wedding portraits.
bride and groom with retro car
high heels with bows
wedding bouquet in a retro car
retro bride and groom
restaurant wedding reception
Friends and family met up with the newlyweds for a brunch reception.
I’ve had some wonderful weddings that have been waiting to show their pretty faces, including Chris and Annabelle’s boho-chic shindig that I think you’re going to love – Annabelle is a buyer for Magpie & Rye, and her awesome style is really reflected in the elements she chose for her wedding. She and Chris went into planning their wedding with such a wonderful attitude about the meaning of the day, and what was important to them. Says the bride:
During our engagement, we tossed around the idea of eloping a lot. We wanted our wedding to be about our commitment to each other and less about the traditional checklist of wedding moments (like the bouquet toss, first dance and the rest). In the end, we realized that a wedding isn’t really just about you and your partner; it is so much about your families and giving them a chance to meet, reconnect and become closer. With a very large family (including a few remarriages and 95-year-old great grandparents, everyone coming together became important to us and made the day so amazing, and we were still able to make it our own. We tried to not have a defined theme or color scheme, and instead we just tried to keep our wedding timeless, casual and complimentary to its outdoor setting.
gray and white invitation suite
Annabelle made the save-the-dates and invitations, and splurged on calligraphy by Patricia from Primele.
bohemian wedding style
I did my own hair and make-up. In hindsight, I would have done a practice run on my hair and given myself more than five minutes to do it, but whatever, it’s not really about the hair anyway.
rustic yellow wedding flowers
A favorite moment? “There is a peacock and his peahen lady-friend that showed up at the property a few years ago out of the blue. Frederick the peacock has been really friendly lately and made the rounds during the wedding, even stopping on the rock wall to watch the ceremony. It was a nice little surprise for him to stop by.”
outdoor wedding ceremony
Though our hearts are in the mountains, it made so much sense for us to get married at my grandmother’s house in Napa Valley. The setting of her home is pretty amazing with a lot of lawn, mature trees, a pool and a pond. It didn’t make sense for us to spend money to have our wedding somewhere else when this was so close and easy. Upon my dad’s suggestion, he walked me down the aisle to The Jesus and Mary Chain version of My Girl, and our recessional was Tie the Knotby Digital Underground. My grandmother has worked as a non-denominational minister for years, so she was thrilled to perform the ceremony.
black and white wedding photo
dogs at weddings
Because the wedding was at a private residence our dog was able to be a part of the celebration and it wouldn’t have been the same without her.
annabelle and chris
During dinner, we played the El Michels Affair album of Wu Tang instrumentals, which was fun because it is jazzy enough for the older guests and our generation really got a kick out of it once they recognized a song or two.
bohemian wedding decor
Says Annabelle, “The girls of Studio Choo did the flowers and did such an amazing job. Jill and Alethea went above and beyond, not only creating the most beautiful arrangements and bouquets, but also surprising us with an herb wreath to hang behind the bar and a hand-made swing with our initials carved into it!”
bride on a swing
day of the dead cake topper
We spent over 50% of our budget on the food. Since the Bay Area is sort of a culinary epicenter, we wanted to give our guests a good selection of the local ingredients that we we have available to us all the time. We chose Elaine Bell as our caterer, not only because of their great reviews, but also because they catered my dad and step-mom’s wedding twenty years ago. The food was incredible and the service even better. We ate like kings and queens at our wedding! As for the cake, a big wedding cake didn’t suit us, so we had a friend pick up an assortment of our favorite treats from the amazing Tartine Bakery in San Francisco. Elaine Bell threw in some chocolate covered strawberries and creme brulees and voila! Something for everyone.
funny animal masks
I should probably mention something about the masks: At my bachelorette party earlier that week, I found the a giraffe mask for my 21-year-old sister and thought it was hysterical. She was not as amused, but some of my other girlfriends and I were so amused that I had to pick up more for the wedding. They seemed silly at first, but by the end of the night they were a blast. When it came to music, our friends Sammy D and Shane One were the obvious choice. They don’t really do weddings, but their music selection and programming skills are exceptional, and they play what we like. We really wanted to play music that we actually listen to at our wedding!
pool after party
Great food and animal masks? What more does a party need!? And aren’t these photos fabulous? Annabelle shared a bit about why she and Chris hired Traci Griffin to photograph their wedding:
I saw one image by Traci Griffin and decided right that second that she was my first choice. We wanted to really be present at our wedding, and Traci is excellent at documenting the day without it feeling like a photo shoot. We did let her pose us laying in the tall grass, but those shots are pretty great and she and her assistant Molly were so quick, it was well worth it.
Thank you Annabelle and Chris! And a big thank you to Traci Griffin for sharing these awesome pics (and for patiently waiting the past three weeks for me to get my computer data back). You can see tons more from this wedding over on Traci’s blog.