19 Jan

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

Today’s Real Wedding feature is one of those celebrations that makes you happy just looking at it!

Coordinated by Paige Galla, the vibrant color palette in this “Dashing & Diverse” affair {for Heidi Larsen & Patrick Collins} boasts brilliant shades of fuchsia, orange & green.

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

Some of the many creative & unique details included… flower girls wrapped in kimonos, adorable drink umbrella place cards, a midnight Indian feast and an ultra-colorful, exotic cupcake tower!

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

Read on for LOTS more gorgeous pics {by photographer Wendy Hithe} and all the details, as told by Paige

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REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

Heidi and Patrick’s late spring wedding featured a burst of colors with Latin flair and medley of characters from every corner the world. It was a jubilant, diverse celebration, chock full of personal touches and reflections of their worldly experiences.

Set at the bride’s family ranch in Angels Camp, the expansive, creekside lawn set under acres of oak trees, was perfectly fitting for the festivities.

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

The groom wore a handmade suit from Al’s Attire, a vintage clothing shop in San Francisco (see personalized tag inside the jacket), and even though the bride had already chosen a dress, she fell in love with another one right before the wedding while accompanying the groom to pick up his suit at the shop. She wore the second dress, created just for her, for dinner and dancing.

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

The short but sweet wedding ceremony was purely heartfelt and completely engaging. The bride and groom each had their sisters only at their sides in lieu of traditional attendants, in addition to the flowergirls who wore ‘yukata’ (Japanese summer kimonos).

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

Both the bride and groom lived in Japan for several years (before ever meeting), so it was important to incorporate elements from their overseas history. The song they recessed to after being pronounced husband and wife was an unexpected, lively Japanese song called “Banzai.”

The bride explains the reason behind the song selection in the program:

Why the crazy Japanese song?” you might ask. Although the Japanese tend to be formal and reserved, there are times when they like to shout out for joy. “Banzai” will frequently be heard during celebrations, somewhat akin to Americans yelling out “Hooray!” or “Yeehaaw!” We chose this song to complete our ceremony not only because it brings back fond memories of belting out happy karaoke songs in Japan, but it also happens to perfectly portray our feelings on our wedding day. The lyrics express a young man’s realization that he’s found the love of his life, and the chorus is his exclamation of joy: “Banzai! I’m so glad I’ve found you! From here on out, it’s you and me, happy together forever!”

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

The dinner tables featured colorful pink and green runners, made by the mother of the bride, bright blossoms in mason jars and chilled flat water served in recycled wine and liquor bottles, all collected by the bride and groom throughout their engagement.

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

The 15 plus course family style menu, featuring an array of organic local vegetables and meats, paired with the setting under the canopy of oaks and along the babbling brook, was dining al fresco at its finest.

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

To signify the ending of dinner, the bride’s Japanese family led a traditional clapping ceremony, and invited everyone up for dancing on the patio.

In lieu of a traditional first dance, the bride and groom performed a sizzling salsa lesson. The Puerto Rican band out of San Francisco, called Manicato, was oozing with energy and talent. The dance floor was alive from the moment they began. A few guests (including the bride!) dashed on stage and sang a couple songs, which according to the groom was “just the right touch of karaoke cheese to get everybody smiling!”

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

The celebration extended into the wee hours of the morning; the glee and excitement was contagious.

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

Colorful cupcakes and a midnight Indian feast, catered by one of the guests, kept everyone fueled.”

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

REAL WEDDINGS: Dashing & Diverse

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Thanks again to Paige for sharing the details of this gorgeous celebration with us!

VENDORS:
Band: Manicato
Caterer & Cupcake Baker: Lila & Sage
Florist: (personal flowers and head table) Botanica Floral Designs
Photographer: Wendy Hithe
Wedding Planner: Paige Galla, Paige One Events
Venue: Larsen Family Ranch {Angels Camp, California}

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17Comments

1
Ebony SAYS:

I love this!!! The cupcakes look delicious!!!

Reply January 19, 2010 at 10:18 am

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Rowaida Flayhan SAYS:

WOW!!! everything looks so beautiful and colorful. Love your blog Jenifer you are such an inspiration. I am following you on twitter I wish you could follow me.
Wish you great success.
Best Regards,
Rowaida Flayhan

Reply January 19, 2010 at 10:43 am

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Latoya SAYS:

Its all so gorgeous! I love the vibrant colors!

Reply January 19, 2010 at 10:55 am

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Kate Merritt SAYS:

The color combination is so vibrant! And I’m not usually a huge fan of cupcake towers, but I LOVE the funky one here! What fun ideas!

Reply January 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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Christie S SAYS:

This was the exact same color palette I had at my wedding :) I used gerberas too! Love the photos!! Thanks for sharing.

Reply January 19, 2010 at 5:52 pm

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Gail SAYS:

Makes me want to get married all over again. Thanks for the great post and beautiful photos!

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Reply January 19, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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Elisha Akram SAYS:

So colorful! Just beautiful!

Reply January 19, 2010 at 8:18 pm

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Tracy SAYS:

FANTASTIC idea of featuring of REAL weddings.

This wedding was beautiful!!! So colorful and full of life. Very modern but incredibly personal. Kudos to the couple and the people who put it together.

Reply January 19, 2010 at 8:20 pm

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small home plans SAYS:

Everything is so colorful! I like it! The flowers and the table decorations are so beautiful!

Reply January 20, 2010 at 2:31 am

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Teresa SAYS:

Wow!! What a beautiful and unique wedding celebration. I would love to have a smaller version of the cupcake display for my daughter’s Sweet 16 this year.

Reply January 20, 2010 at 6:08 am

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Hilary SAYS:

The combo of gerberas and bells of ireland is awesome! and I love the fruit with the tiki umbrellas as a table setting!

Reply January 20, 2010 at 8:56 am

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wishful nals SAYS:

wow, beautiful photos. you have an incredible blog!

Reply January 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

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Christine SAYS:

Beautiful colours, Not something you see at every wedding.

Reply January 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm

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Lia SAYS:

They seem so happy. What a lovely wedding. So many colors… I love them

Reply January 24, 2010 at 5:29 am

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Alex SAYS:

I love the ideas of green weddings, why not encourage your guests to plant trees. Give tree seedlings or kits as favors to inspire everyone for future generations.

Reply January 29, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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