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)

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