Raw, uncut and unfiltered emotion - that is the only way to describe C + A's wedding. Truly, this wedding was unlike any other, bursting with meaningful quiet moments, grand gestures of love, and a newfound family bringing together two cultures from across the world. It was just so clear how incredible their love story was as Chitrak cried during the first look, when his bride walked down the aisle, as he twirled her and sang to her during their first dance, and as he embraced her tightly during her tribute to her father to the soundtrack of the Wizard of Oz. Pairing perfectly with Chitrak's moments of awe were Ashley's exuberant smile. There was not a moment when you could not feel warmth, love, and pure joy radiating from her. A toast to the bride and groom, may we all love as deeply and live as fully as you two do - congratulations C + A!!
If there was one way I could describe these two, it would be sacrificial love. A pastor and a nurse, Charlston and Swon went on their very first date not to dinner or a movie, but to serve the homeless. From the very beginning, their hearts for others shined above all else. It was the kind of love that meant coming over and caring for his mother every week, seeing someone on the street and giving them their warmest coat, and even bringing in stray animals that needed care. Their wedding day reflected exactly that - a day full of so, so many tears and so much joy as they excitedly tied the knot with their family, friends, and church. Congratulations S + C!
Pumpkins, fall candles, and pampas grass - what could be more representative of this coastal getaway in Half Moon Bay? J + M crafted the most perfect fall wedding in Half Moon Bay, a city known for its annual pumpkin festival. They chose to make their ceremony their own, from sharing their first sip from a bottle, to toasting with all 18 of their wedding party as they shared their first kiss. You could just tell the beautiful spirit that the bride brought to the day as she danced with her husband with so much joy in between takes. Congratulations J + M!
How did a Chinese-Jewish girl move halfway across the world to Germany, you may ask? Through the romantic world of dating apps, Mica and Alex found themselves talking for hours on their first date. When he moved back to his home in Germany, they did long distance and realized that this was it - this was the love of a lifetime. So she packed her bags, learned German, and started a new life in a new country.
Fast forward a few years, M + A settled in Stuttgart, Germany and got married in a small civil ceremony! A year later, they decided to bring their worlds together in an evening full of laughter, bad dancing (her words, not mine), and great memories to celebrate their anniversary in her hometown of San Francisco. From the moment that they stepped into the room, you could see the joyful, boisterous spirit that Mica brought with her as she rocked her convertible jumpsuit and the quiet, steadfast love that Alex brought with him as he looked at the woman he married. It was truly a celebration that reflected the incredible love they had, from the reunions of friends who had not seen them since their move, to the gift of a dinosaur balloon because she loved dinosaurs, to the Jewish hora that kicked off the night of dancing. Congratulations M + A!
These two grew up in two different countries - Grace in Taiwan and Benjamin in France before meeting here in the US eight years ago. Despite language barriers and cultural differences, these two found a home in each other. They celebrated with their friends and family from across the world in a romantic rustic wedding surrounded by the redwoods at The Mountain Terrace in Woodside, California. Grace even toasted to his family and friends in French, and of course Benjamin had to do the same for hers in Mandarin. What a beautiful multicultural wedding to witness - congratulations G + B!
A + E's wedding day was the epitome of summer love - nestled in the wineries of Sonoma county, they celebrated a romantic wedding under the twinkle of string lights to the soundtrack of their favorite classical songs played by a local jazz band. From a sweet first look to tearful toasts by their siblings, it was a day full of laughter and love. Check out the rest of their wedding below!
When a Barnes and Barnhart meet, you know they're meant for each other. Together with their goldendoodle Mr. Bigs, they celebrated a beautiful summer winery wedding in Sonoma County. These two couldn't stop laughing and smiling at each other as their friends told stories of Ken's infamous hair (that once was a man bun) and Ken's twin brother made sure everyone knew they were brothers. We ran away into the vineyards to catch the sunset and ended the night dancing with Grandma. What a celebration - congratulations M + K!
The moment Ryan saw his bride, he couldn't stop the tears and had to keep stepping away to take a moment. These two knew they never wanted a traditional wedding and instead chose to make their wedding day an intimate celebration, exchanging rings on the balcony of SF City Hall and spending time with their friends and family in a beautiful patio garden reception at Stable Cafe. At the end of the day, they couldn't wait to get into their PJs and just spend each and every day together as husband and wife. Congratulations R + A!
These two met on a study abroad trip to India, where they discovered a shared passion for social change as they taught migrant workers English. Their adventures took them to Thailand and Vietnam, and then long distance for a few years. Through their many travels, redwoods became a special place for them, particularly the different ways that trees represented aspects of their relationship. With a proposal at Muir Woods complete with a redwood engagement ring, they knew that there wasn’t a more perfect place to say their vows then under the giant redwoods. Bringing together two families and two cultures, it was a wedding weekend of joy and celebration, from friends remixing songs - from Hamilton to childhood favorites - to Daniel’s sister tearing up as she toasted to his new bride, who taught her the meaning of sisterhood. “I can’t remember a time when she/he wasn’t a part of our family,” was something said over and over again. What a way to start their lives as husband + wife. Congratulations A + D!!
Both teachers, L + R share a deep passion and love for educating the next generation. Their wedding weekend in Carmel not only exemplified their love for each other, but also the many ways in which they brought out the best in each other and challenged each other (even if that meant scuba diving, but not as far as skydiving). From a Vedic fire ceremony where they walked the seven steps together, to walking each other down the aisle, to reading their vows from hand written letters harkening back to the letters they used to write to each other when they were apart, it was so special getting to witness these two's love story. Surrounded by the sea from the west and the mountains to the east, they laughed and danced amongst the lavender fields as the sun set over the horizon. Congratulations L + R!!