Chelsea and Evan hosted their reggae themed wedding at a gas station turned country bar in Woodland, CA. Their day was laid back, unique and most of all fun for everyone who was there!
“One day we were drinking mimosas around our apartment in San Francisco with two of Evan’s best friends, and kind of joking, they decided it would be really cool if we had a reggae-themed wedding”, explained the bride. “In the spirit of compromise, I said no to a watermark of Haile Selassi on the invitation but did incorporate the red/green/yellow colors into the stationery and hired the coolest funk/reggae/soul band from the bay.”
“We wanted the day to be very unique,” she continued. “Our worst nightmare was a cookie-cutter wedding. A big part of making it different was the venue. We chose Plainfield Station, a gas stationed turned country bar with a huge backyard, and they’ve never had a wedding before. I’d link to them but they don’t even have a website. It’s the kind of place that you wonder if you are on Mars as you’re driving to it, and when you get there, it all makes sense and you never want to leave.”
Mallory and Euan’s wedding was held in the bride’s Grandparent’s house in Seattle. They had the ceremony in the front garden, overlooking the ocean, and the reception in the back! “I would say the biggest thing that defined our wedding was he fact that although we live in London, we decided to have the wedding in my hometown, Seattle”, Mallory began. “Ever present in our minds were the constraints of logistics, timing and budget. We both arrived in Seattle three weeks before the wedding for a marathon of final preparations, crafting and trying to squeeze in quality time with all the amazing friends and family who helped to keep us sane.”
“I have to say our wedding (like our relationship come to think of it – we met on a website that matches people based on music they listen to) was an internet baby. I can’t begin to add up the countless hours I spent scouring the web for vendors, DIY ideas and how to locally source them. It wasn’t all stress, however, as we were so lucky to have the rare opportunity to surround ourselves with the people we love and that we had friends and family willing to fly across the world, from as far as Australia (where Euan is from), Hong Kong and London to join us for the big day.”
María and Jóse were hitched in Calera de Tango, Chile. Both families pitched in to make the wedding happen – from helping with the planning, doing the hair and make up, taking the photos, growing the flowers and making all the food.
“I think that the most special thing about our wedding was that we did everything ourselves with our friends and family”, wrote the bride. “We saved money on nearly everything – the food, flowers and decoration – because we made it all.”