Wedding Inspiration: Vintage Tiki Wedding

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Hawaii is a popular honeymoon destination, but why wait to have an island adventure? We thought it’d be fun to bring the tropics to the wedding day and enlisted the help of tiki aficionado Jenny of Jenny Sais Quois Events to pull together this styled shoot. As you’ll soon see, she knew exactly how to throw an aloha wedding with vintage flair. (Bonus points: She also performs in tiki band The Kookoonuts!)

Our “bride” Lou Lou was stunning in Simply Bridal‘s 1950s-style Cassie dress, a flirty strapless number with a knee-length tulle skirt suitable for an impromptu hula should one be required. Bright red lipstick and nailpolish, a pearl bracelet, glittery gold shoes, a white and gold peacock necklace, and a haircomb of orchids in her sleek, modern bouffant completed her look. Our “groom” David wore a classic black suit complemented by a skinny tie with an island print and a tropical boutonniere.

The bubbling “Love Potion,” served in carved wooden goblets, was one of the highlights of the welcome table and a delightful way to say “aloha.” A totem stump, nautical baubles, leaf signage, tiki torches, white paper parasols, and colorful tropical flora such as ginger, king protea, and anthuriums enhanced the island vibe. The flora also made its way into the eye-popping ceremony backdrop that Sheryl of Thistle and Bone wove using papyrus and other greenery. She was equally gifted with Lou Lou’s ridiculously gorgeous bouquet, a tidy handful of the jungle.

A bicycle built for two (the “romanticycle,” if you will) bedecked with tropical flora (how cool are carnivorous cobra lilies?) was on hand for our couple’s departure to the tiki reception, but it could easily make for a quirky and whimsical grand getaway. Speaking of the tiki reception, a big mahalo to Forbidden Island in Alameda for letting us borrow their impeccably decorated bar. It was the perfect setting for fruity flaming-yet-icy elixirs, mini paper umbrellas, heartfelt ukelele serenades, and a Martin Denny and Les Baxter soundtrack. Anastasia of Indie Cakes & Pastries’ elegant, multi-tiered cake was inspired by the hula skirt and incorporated pearls for texture. Wrapping the cake in a ti-leaf lei (traditionally worn by the groom in a Hawaiian wedding) was a lovely touch.

But don’t take our word for how amazing a tiki wedding would be. Check it out for yourself!

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White dress: “Cassie” by Simply Bridal
Styling & design: Jenny Sais Quoi Events
Hair: Lindsay Melnyk (Berkeley)
Make-up: Sabrina Foster (she used RCMA’s foundation from Shinto Palette, Contour Palette, No Color Powder; Kat Von D’s Tattoo Eyeliner “Trooper”; Make Up For Ever’s Artist Eye Shadows #M636/I648/M518/S632, HD Blush #420, Rouge Intense #8 lipstick, Smokey Extravagant Mascara Black, Mist & Fix setting spray)
Floral design: Thistle and Bone
Cake: Indie Cakes & Pastries (Berkeley)

Kristen & Bryan’s Magical Land’s End Engagement Session

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What happens when two Harry Potter fans discover that they’re soulmates? Pure magic, of course!

We had the pleasure of witnessing some of Kristen and Bryan’s magic recently when we met up with them at Land’s End. Our session started with some quiet time on the lawn of the Legion of Honor, a lovely spot for soaking up some inspiration from J.K. Rowling herself (the Harry Potter tomes also did wonders in minimizing our couple’s height difference!). We then ventured into the woods at the edge of the world, where we discovered that Kristen and Bryan are seasoned frolickers.

As is typical of San Francisco, the temperatures dipped the moment the sun set, but our intrepid couple kept themselves warm with hugs, kisses, and cozy Gryffindor and Ravenclaw scarves. We had a ton of fun with them, and can’t wait for their New Year’s eve wedding!
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