The sheer detail and glam gorgeousness that you’re about to soak up is beyond. It may be the pretty pastel palette, the peacock themed invites by Bella Figura or quite possibly the layers on layers of blooms from Valley Flora, that steal your heart. The list goes on, but one thing is for sure—Weddings by Scott and Dana have provided the gallery for our viewing pleasure as long as we please!
From the Bride… Austin and I met through his father at a chiropractic philosophy evening. We were asked to pair up holding hands and looking each other in the eyes for 90 seconds as an exercise in feeling what real presence is like. This was the introduction that led us to develop our friendship and then our loving relationship. As chiropractors we have a deep connection through the way we serve people together and the way we trust in the universal intelligence of life itself. We wanted our wedding to reflect this so that everyone who joined us would magnify the energy of love and faith together.
We chose to get married in the gardens of the family home where I grew up, in the Napa Valley. They also live next to a vineyard that was at the peak just prior to harvest that I knew would make an awesome backdrop for some of our photographs. The theme for the wedding was 20’s Glamour. My colors were based on a spectrum of color inspired by a white peacock feather and touches of gold. Both were chosen for their spiritual significance and beauty. I liked that by choosing the theme we could involve fun touches of ostrich feathers, white peacock feathers, and shiny glitzy things to make the day and evening glow. Their was also a touch of regular peacock feathers as an honor to my “sister of honor” who lives part time in India where they have special significance.
I loved the use of the feathers in my bouquet and the feathery and metallic touches in the bride’s maid’s dresses. I found designer Sue Wong for the dresses and helped each girl to find theirs online using sites like bluefly and ebay in order to help them manage cost. I used a pinterest board in order to keep them all tuned in to what was being selected, so that we could coordinate. I even had a designer from etsy make custom white peacock fascinators for all of their hair, which they wore in their own unique ways. I adored seeing it all come together as they were a dazzling display of beauty and love for me to be surrounded by!
For our invitations I was honored to win a Grand Prize from Bella Figura through their “Do Good Bride” contest. It was such a joy to be able to send out these beautiful invitations as well as to include printed menus at the reception. I adored the feel of the cotton paper along with the gorgeous gold letterpress peacocks. I kept the gold peacock touch by having our cake designer paint gold peacock feathers onto the cake.
I found my dress at a boutique in Alameda called Janene’s Bridal that I decided on based on yelp reviews and wanting a place that would be relaxed while still being totally professional. My head piece I discovered at a little shop in Venice Beach and was imported from Donna Crain. I ordered an ostrich feather jacket for the after party on etsy. Each detail was a joyful find!
The year was quite intense leading up to the wedding with me working on a documentary film I am producing as well as with my mom going through cancer treatments. The wedding planning itself, along with our very special wedding planner Yong, became a special way for my mom and I to bond on plans around something meaningful to celebrate. This made it all the more special seeing her that night dressed up in a 20’s inspired dress, surrounded by celebrating, feather adorned friends and family. I think our theme created a fun and fancy environment that encouraged guests to leave their every day world for a night in order to enjoy the magical one we were creating. The atmosphere was healing for everyone!
For table numbers I wanted to involve our engagement photographs since they were perfectly in theme and I felt would add a personal flair to each table. I used a gold paint pen to add on the numbers and placed them in table card holders.
Austin and I created our own ceremony by going on vacation together for a full week. We brought together elements that were meaningful to us and exchanged vows that we wrote together. Having our ceremony run by a friend who we felt was a living representation of love and marriage made it come to life. It was a magical experience. I especially loved when the children were invited to come forward to offer us a blessing of “play and discovery”. Since his family is full of chiropractors (I am the 14th!) we also involved the chiropractors in the audience to stand to give us a “blessing of health and vitality” as well as all of the stunt families from my side to give us a “blessing of adaptation and agility.”
I loved sitting down to our head table and seeing the party through candle light, crystals, gold, and roses while watching people dancing to our amazing 11 piece band. Our first dance “Unforgettable” sums up the sentiment for our life-changing wedding. I am grateful to everyone who came together to make it so special! Photographers, florist, wedding planner, musicians, caterer, tent and furniture rentals, friends, and family!
Photography: Weddings by Scott and Dana | Wedding Planner: Yong Suk Events | Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering | Hair: Jennifer Thomas | Band: Silver Moon Big Band | Band: The Speakeasies | Bridal Gown: Janene's Bridal | Bride's Headpiece: Donna Crain | Bridesmaid Dresses : Sue Wong | Cake : Perfect Endings | Florals: Valley Flora | Linens: Latavola Linen | Paper Goods: Bella Figura | Private Residence: Napa Valley | Tent: Zephyr Tents