“Compromise, but don’t give up on what makes you an individual or what would showcase your culture.”
Photography: Apollo Fotografie
Venue:St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church & Shadelands Ranch Museum
Hair & Make up: Shannon Le
Event Rentals & Decor: Stuart Event Rentals & Revival Vintage Rentals
Stationary: Tam Vo
Florals: Sweetness & Light Design
Dress: Janene’s Bridal
DJ: Denon & Doyle
Dessert: Ma Petite Maison
Catering: Catering by Gilda
From the couple:
We met through friends! Camille went to college with one of Sams best friends from high school. The proposal was snuck in by sam at the end of a date camille had set up. After making succulent planters and grabbing some bruschetta, Sam suggested a stroll around the Japanese Garden in San Mateo where he grew up. It’s in the garden that he got down on one knee and popped the question.
Once we knew we wanted late spring we decided on cool soft colors. No hard theme but we wanted lots of cultural/family elements and Camille snuck in some Star Wars elements. We really just wanted everyone to be comfortable and see the personal touches from both sides of the family.
The heat made it a little tricky but we did have a lot of floral details. We wanted a soft, organic feel, again with personal touches. Camille’s bouquet had Magnolias a play on her last name and a very unique shape. The altar arrangements were hands down our next favorite with the dogwood branches. At the reception we had Sweetness and Light put extra attention into the gazebo and the big oak tree to highlight their beauty and create focal points.
We really wanted everyone to feel comfortable so we had a lounge area with a hand crafted paper wall, fans from the Philippines as favors, bubble lightsabers, custom mad libs, and games. We used the big oak tree as a family tree showcasing photos of our ancestors and extended family. Sams friends even organized a Hora to represent his dads Jewish heritage. Our other personalized area was the food! We had a traditional Filipino roast pig, some chocolate bourbon pecan pie to represent Kentucky, and since we love cheese, a cheese wheel cake.