Katie & Sayre’s Berkeley Redwoods Wedding

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There’s something effortlessly enchanting about a stand of soaring redwood trees, whether it’s because of their age, their size, their silent majesty, or the dusty beams of sunlight that occasionally cut through the shadows. Unsurprisingly, Katie and Sayre’s June wedding in UC Berkeley Botanical Garden’s Mather Redwood Grove was a beautiful one, sprinkled with whimsical and magical moments.

One such moment occurred while Katie, her bridal party, and her parents were waiting for the ceremony to start. As they chatted, eagerly anticipating the events of the day, a bluebird landed in one of the tree branches above them. They all stared and pointed at it in teary-eyed aweKatie’s grandmother, who wasn’t able to attend the wedding, had given Katie a bluebird pin for her “something blue.” The bird hung out for a minute or two before taking off.

Shortly after, the winged ring bearers and flower girls made their way to the wooden amphitheater (one of the flower girls took her job very seriously and had to be hoisted off the ceremonial platform), and a guitar duo led by one of Katie’s first students (both she and Sayre are teachers) launched into the processional song. Katie was stunning in a floor-length Victorian-style lace dress with a train and diamond-shaped cutout in the back, while Sayre rocked a black suit with a vibrant blue vest.

Their ceremony was poignant, hilarious, and at times racy, thanks to their friend-cum-officiant. After several readings and a heartfelt vow and ring exchange, Sayre and Katie were proclaimed husband and wife by the power of Grayskull (among other things).

The celebration continued at UC Berkeley’s Faculty Club, an early-20th-century Craftsman masterpiece of carved wooden beams and stained-glass windows. Avid travelers, Katie and Sayre worked a map and travel theme into their escort cards, table numbers, guestbook (actually a globe), and wedding favors (planting seeds contained in cute hearts made of maps), and even found a large map for the wildbooth. We also loved that they had wedding madlibs and custom viewmasters of childhood photos (who knew you could make custom viewmasters? In 3D?!?!) to entertain their guest, and a caboodle of cupcakes big and small.

For the first dances of the evening, Katie’s brother and Sayre’s dad picked up their guitars and performed a few touching numbers. Hot Einstein packed the dancefloor the rest of the night, cranking out classic Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and the Beatles, as well as letting their hair fly for Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy” (as requested by Sayre). We ended our day with Katie and Sayre under the moonlight. Here’s a look at their special day.

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Dress: Allure
Shoes: Dessy flats with shoe clip from Arbie Goodfellow (Etsy)
Jewelry: On the Couch Creations (Etsy)
Wedding bands: Giovanna’s Fine Jewelry (Mountain View)
Groom’s suit, shoes, tie, pocket square: Selix
Flowers: La Belle Fleur Design (Santa Rosa)
Cupcakes: Teeny Cake
Band: Hot Einstein
Custom 3D image viewer: Image3D
Seed heart favors: Recycled Ideas (Etsy)

Erin Sara and Lucian’s Woodsy Pacific Northwest Wedding

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You might recall Erin Sara and Lucian’s epic vampire-slaying engagement adventure earlier this year. Last month, we joined them at Kitsap Memorial State Park, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, for their rustic wedding in the woods. Surrounded by lush, towering trees, forest weddings can’t help but be majestic, but the views of serene Puget Sound (among other things) made theirs extra special.

The heartfelt ceremony was filled with many fun surprises, including a pinky swear and a chemistry-based unity ceremony, wherein they each poured a clear liquid into a Florence flask and, after a few minutes, the flask contents turned black. Erin Sara and Lucian’s glorious readings evoked much laughter and gasping (Erin Sara read Tim Pratt’s “Scientific Romance”; Lucian read Frank O’Hara’s “Having a Coke with You”) and were so them they could’ve past them off as their own writings. Their friend and officiant Adam read “The Pole Star” from The Book of Lies by Aleister Crowley.

We adored Erin Sara’s off-white 1920s-style dress with intricate beadwork, pulled together with her handiwork (classic birdcage veil, necklace, earrings) and sparkly blue shoes, as well as Lucian’s custom-made wool coat paired with a top hat. For the reception, Erin Sara changed into a dance-ready number (and howling wolf earrings!) for their swinging first dance.

The reception took place in a log cabin strung with fairy lights, and many dear family and friends came together to provide the music, food, cake, and flowers. Remember the hefty sword Lucian used to ward off vampires during their engagement session? It was put to good use when it came time to cut their delicious (gluten-free!) cake, and proved that the sword is indeed mightier than the cake knife.

Towards the end of the night (although it still looked like day!), Erin Sara and Lucian broke out the parasols they had rented in case it rained and had a blast with their guests. Ironically, shortly after the wedding was over, it started to sprinkle and we were thrilled (hello, magical portraits in the rain!).

The next day, we met our newlyweds at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo for some post-wedding shenaniganscheck back soon for that post! In the meantime, here are some of our favorite moments from their special day.

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Dress: Decades of Fashion (San Francisco)
Lucian’s jacket: KMK Designs (Etsy)
Hat: Goorin Bros. Hat Shop
Bride’s rings: Stone Fever Jewelry (Etsy)
Groom’s ring: Tungsten Omega (Etsy)
Make-up: Alesandra Geddert
Flowers: Erin Sara’s sister Anneke Beach-Garcia along with Patty Detzer and Dona Flora (the bouquet)
Cake/cupcakes: Christine Greenlaw
Caterer: Alison Bigalow with Susan and Casey from Nell Thorn
DJ: Raymond Muehlman (aka DJ Pondape)
Custom stake: Captain McAnen (Etsy)
Umbrella rentals: Bella Umbrella (Seattle)

Burger Boogaloo 2014: Day 2

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The Bay Area isn’t known for consistently balmy summers, but Day 2 of the Burger Boogaloo brought more sunshine and good vibes to Oakland’s Mosswood Park. (In case you missed our recap of Day 1, or simply want to revel in the magic again, it’s here.) Frankly, the day’s lineup, put together by Total Trash Productions and Burger Records, seemed unreal (Ronnie Spector? Really??? And the Gizmos?), so we were eager to see it play out. Here’s our recap, with somehow nearly twice as many photos as Day 1.

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We unfortunately missed Pookie & the Poodlez set (it’s so hard leaving the house before noon on a Sunday, y’know?) but arrived during the Summer Twins second song. Their angelic harmonies and shimmering melodies were a fantastic way to kick off our day.
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Dirty Ghosts brought their post-punk groove to the party and reminded us on occasion of Joan Jett, who’d be playing at a county fair across the bay later that day.
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Danny James and His Once and Future Band wove epic Queen- and Steely Daninspired jams.
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Katy Goodman managed impressive bursts of hair flinging during La Seras dreamy pop songs.
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Juan Wauters (of the Beets) stepped onto the stage solo and channeled Jonathan Richman for a few acoustic numbers before the rest of his band joined him.
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Meatbodies, featuring Chad (who’s also in Fuzz with Ty Segall and Charlie Mootheart) and his hair-tossing cohorts, delivered a heavily fuzzed-out set that nearly annihilated the speakers.
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The Gizmos (the 1979 version of the Bloomington, IN, protopunks) dusted off catchy gems such as “Rock ‘n’ Roll Don’t Come from New York” and “American Dream” for the pogo pit.
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Personal & the Pizzas, invigorated by a recent brawl with Macaulay Caulkin’s Pizza Underground, took no prisoners with “Pepperoni Eyes,” “Brass Knuckles,” and other raw crowd-pleasers.
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We were baffled by the proliferation of girls in baby dolls and Doc Martens at the Boogaloo, and then realized that was probably the influence of Kim Shattuck of The Muffs. She and the band cranked out their punky scorchers, and her trademark howl was in fine form.
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The amphitheater was practically heaving by the time Shannon & the Clams took the stage with a few additional Clamettes. Their surfy doowop- and girl groupfueled ditties are already perfect for lazy summer afternoonsthe fact that a cloud of twinkly mylar balloons fluttered from the sky during their set made the transition from day into night even more awesome.
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Ronnie Spector, the rock’n’roll legend who’s perhaps best known for her work with the Ronettes, was a real treat to behold. She’s as sassy as you’d expect, and still commands an incredible voice. The audience couldn’t help but sing along to classics like “Be My Baby,” “Baby, I Love You,” and “Walking in the Rain.” She also did Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black,” but our hearts skipped a beat and our eyes misted over when she launched into Johnny Thunders’ “You Can’t Put Your Arms around a Memory.” For the encore, she invited the ladies of the Burger Boogaloo to join her on stage for “I Can Hear Music.” Absolutely brilliant.
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As with Day 1, over one thousand folks came together for more fun in the sun. Thanks again to Total Trash and Burger Records for putting together another spectacular weekender! See you next year!
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