The last Saturday in June was a gorgeous one in the Bay Area and we had the good fortune to spend it with Chris and Jill, whom you might recall from their sunset engagement session. That fateful summer day, they tied the knot (Filipino style, as you’ll read below) at Stanford Memorial Church, a grand 1903 structure in the middle of the university campus.
Both Chris and Jill are Stanford alumni and they showed their pride by imbuing the day with cardinal red, the school’s official color. Jill looked stunning in a regal floor-length dress with beautiful red details, while Chris sported a suave white tuxedo with red vest, bowtie, and pocket square. Their details were fun and well thought out, too, employing a fan theme in addition to the color red. Jill’s red-and-white bouquet was studded with sparkles, while the bridal party bouquets were actually roses affixed to white wooden fans that complemented their red dresses. The three-tiered red velvet cake boasted a simple red line drawing of their faces. The wedding favors (which Jill, Chris, their wedding party, and Jill’s mom made) featured tiny wooden fans trimmed with red. Jill’s former roommate crafted the adorable wooden replicas of Jill and Chris, while Jill’s mom, sister, aunts, grandmother, and cousin folded 1000 red and silver foil cranes, arranged them into a fan, and framed their handiwork!
Their ceremony was a blend of Buddhist and Catholic philosophies, and incorporated the Filipino tradition of joining the bride and groom with fabric and rope as well. Although Jill’s family’s black poodle wasn’t allowed in the church, he made sure everyone behaved afterward when we strolled around the campus to take portraits.
The festivities continued at the nearby Sheraton Palo Alto, where laughter- and tear-inducing toasts were given and Chris and Jill danced for the first time as husband and wife to Kermit the Frog’s “Rainbow Connection.” Jill’s sister performed a special Japanese dance for our couple and their guests; she and Jill had taken lessons together from a teacher who had taught Japanese dance to their grandmother for a short time in an internment camp during World War II. Says Jill, “For us, dance is a representation of our Japanese culture, which is very important to us.”
Later in the evening, during the rollicking dance party, jaws dropped when their young ringbearer busted out some amazing dance moves in imitation of Michael Jackson and Psy (we were told he picked them up via YouTube). Wow! Here are some of our favorite moments from that memorable day.
Dress and veil: David’s Bridal
Groom’s and groomsmen’s tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal
Rings: Shane Co.
Hair: Nicole Fike
Flowers: Rosies & Posies Florist
Caterer: Sheraton Palo Alto
Cake: Palo Alto Baking Co.
DJ: Turner Hayes of Elite Entertainment
Videography: Blue Moon Productions