Wiffle ball plays a huge role in Yvonne and Dan’s relationship. When they saw that the Los Altos History Museum sits next to a little league field, they were sold. They had found the perfect spot for their wedding reception. “We knew we could add just a few personal touches to make it our own and that the venue with its own beauty would take care of the rest,” they said.
They’re being modest about “just a few personal touches,” though. Their reception positively beamed with the talent, creativity, and love of our couple, their friends, and family! Together, Yvonne and Dan constructed origami ball icicle lights to hang behind their sweetheart table. Dan painted a Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtle on the ringbearer’s box, and designed the menus, bar sign, and table identifiers (each table was marked with a different word or phrase that was significant to them). While Yvonne made the “Welcome” sign to greet their guests as well as two giant foamboards of their faces, her brothers and their girlfriends constructed other wooden signs (including one giant one featuring the same faces) and an assortment of decorations. Repurposed business cards covered in washi tape became name cards, and wooden boxes from Yvonne’s grad school craft class were painted by friends and filled with decks of cards for the centerpieces.
Yvonne, with the help of her bridesmaids and some bachelorette party guests, crafted stunning bouquets from copper and leftover fabric from Yvonne’s skirt; she also used copper in Dan’s boutonniere and aluminum for the groomsmen and their family. Even more impressive, Yvonne’s mom painstakingly handstitched all the beads (“in the morning, when the light was best”) on the otherwise unadorned chiffon skirt of Yvonne’s dress so that it matched her top! Yvonne’s dad proudly made sure she got credit during his toast, which was a sweet gesture. Indeed, their daughter was absolutely radiant in her sleek but flowy vintage-style dress; her friends did a wonderful job on her hair, make-up, and nails. Dan, too, was dashing in his gray suit, navy blue tie with orange polka dots, and colorful striped socks.
What about the ceremony, you ask? It took place at Mountain View’s St. Joseph Parish, a sizeable church from 1929 with lovely stained glass. While Catholic weddings are a tad tricky to personalize, Yvonne and Dan snuck in an elaborate handshake (animated below for your enjoyment) before their first kiss, starting their marriage surrounded by delighted laughter.
We’re still amazed we had time to capture our newlyweds playing a round of wiffle ball with their wedding party on their wedding day! Their guests were none the wiser, enjoying cold beverages, the sushi bar, appetizers, and games on a gorgeous summer day.
Soon, Yvonne and Dan joined the party and twirled into their first dance. After several hilariously revealing toasts, Yvonne and her college singing pals surprised Dan with a heartwarming acappella performance of the Beatles’ “I Will”—personalized, of course! Joining the chorus was their DJ and MC Ryan, whom you might remember from his and Ashley’s awesome high-school musical wedding.
The rest of the day was a giddy whirlwind of fun: Our newlyweds changed into bright yellow and green traditional Vietnamese outfits handmade in Saigon and visited all the tables (Yvonne may or may not have erupted into the UCLA cheer when she reached that table). The boba tea bar was quickly devoured, as was the sweet and savory candy bar. The wildbooth captured many shenanigans. Yvonne and Dan spun their parents around on the dancefloor.
Lighting cake sparklers is apparently harder than it seems, but our couple persevered and were able to finally cut their cake (made by Yvonne’s brother and sister-in-law!). To kick off the dancing, they both tossed paper airplanes instead of the more traditional bouquet and garter.
“At the very end of the night after the last song, the entire dancefloor rushed together around us for a huge group hug. It was kinda spontaneous,” Yvonne and Dan recalled.
What better way to end their special day? Here’s a look at how it all went down.
Bride’s dress: Nordstrom, with beaded skirt handmade by bride’s mom
Bride’s shoes: GOGO Dance, painted with Angelus leather paint in Copper
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Asos and Fleet Collection
Bride & bridesmaids’ hairpieces: Marolsha (Etsy)
Groom’s suit: J. Crew
Groom’s tie: Bows-N-Ties
Groom’s shoes: Ted Baker
Groomsmen’s ties: Bows-N-Ties
Rings: Aspen Diamond
Caterer: Greenfish Catering
Cake sparklers: Lab 3 (LA)
Cake (served): Susie Cakes
Coordinators: Diana Rocacorba and Tammy Lin