The Groom summed up the day as “the joining of two different cultures– the ordered Asian prosperity of Singapore and the chaotic, creative freedom of California.” And you know what? He couldn’t be more spot on. It’s a beautiful infusion of two unique cultures and Alison Yin captured every bit to a T. Get cozy in the gallery and hit forget to “play” on Micha Videography oh-so-lovely film.
From Alison Yin… I’m so excited to share Jen and Percy’s rustic Sonoma winery wedding. The groom wrote a really fantastic description of the day, and offers up some great advice as well. Percy describes their relationship as, “the joining of two different cultures– the ordered Asian prosperity of Singapore and the chaotic, creative freedom of California.” I think that really sums up the look and feel of their wedding day.
They had some great DIY elements as well, such as handmade wedding invitation inserts, place cards, and menus. The table names were little wooden framed pictures of the couple, with names of cities written on them that they had visited together. The guest reception table had a Jenga tower for guests to sign and draw well wishes. There were also two little posters of the Norway trip and a crystal diamond to share the story with guests the story of how Percy proposed to Jen under the Northern Lights.
From the Groom… Jenevieve and I met when I transplanted myself to Singapore from California for work in 2009. We were at a Berkeley alumni event (Go Bears!) and I thought she was cute, even though she didn’t go to Cal. We fell in love as she introduced me to Singapore over many years of great food, culture and travel. Our relationship is really the joining of two different cultures– the ordered Asian prosperity of Singapore and the chaotic, creative freedom of California. I finally proposed to her under the northern lights, just before Christmas 2012 in Norway– about as far as you can get from the equator. We are both international travelers and students of many cultures so we wanted our wedding to be firmly rooted in the community of our family and friends with an eye towards our Chinese roots.
Jenevieve directed the style of our wedding and modeled it towards a rustic winery theme. I got a say in the theme colors and being from Berkeley, insisted on some blue and gold. The rest of the color scheme was tied together with a blush pink and white elements that matched Jen’s dress, the cake and all of the reception tableware and decorations. I can’t say that I remember much else about the rest of the details– I’m the groom! However one detail that we were particularly proud of was that we love our kicks! Jen got her dream shoes in cream and gold from Salvatore Ferragamo and I got to wear my favorite black Feiyue kungfu shoes. I think more than any other aspect, that describes us as a couple.
Our wedding day was an incredible whirlwind of activity, beautiful moments and elements of the high life– all immersed in the company of our best friends and loving family. We were extremely lucky with our vendors: the “Moving parts” of the photographers, videographers and DJ worked incredibly well together to execute our plans and make up for the inevitable little problems that came by. Similarly, the cake and flowers were gorgeous and ended up being a collaboration upon delivery! All of the vendors’ final work was nothing short of amazing and we were incredibly grateful to be the beneficiaries of such talent. All of the big shebang was tied together seamlessly by Viansa’s wedding coordinator Meredith, who was instrumental in making us feel comfortable and taking the lead on all the logistical heavy lifting.
Jen and I were very happy with how everyone helped coordinate to celebrate with us and take the party to the next level. Our pictures and videos captured the magic of the day perfectly and are now a cherished memento to help us carry this memory long into the future.
From the groom’s side, it’s a bit easy to become cynical about the whole wedding process, especially when you’re in a tornado of pink and flowers and cake and neither of you seems to be having a good time. However, after all the dust has settled, I felt that it was more than worth it. I don’t know if many grooms speak up afterwards, but guys– hang in there! The wedding day is intense but a hell of a lot of fun. Take breaks together when possible, eat as fast as you can, high five your bros often and insist on a cigar bar. The cigar bar helps a lot.
In the end, seeing the love of your life so happy is its own reward.
Photography: Alison Yin | Videography: Micha Videography | Coordination: Meredith Espinoza | Wedding Dress: Divine Couture | Cake: Occasional Cakes | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: Viansa Winery & Marketplace | Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Sung | Catering: Sage | DJ: Blu Edge Productions | Grooms Attire: Massimo Dutti | Bouquet/Boutonnier: Loop Flowers | Bride Jewelry: Canary Diamond Company | Bride Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Groom Shoes: Feiyue