We got married in California State Capitol Park under three Sequoias. Unfortunately, it started raining right before our ceremony, but our friends and family were total troopers. We ended up holding an umbrella under our chuppah.
After the ceremony, we moved inside to the Sacramento Masonic Temple (where everything was nice and dry!). We decorated the reception venue with lots of houseplants, white papel picado, and green, white, and gold floral arrangements. Our friends helped us make our arrangements using the classic wedding greenery and monochromatic white boxes from Fifty Flowers. We supplemented with a few cloth monstera leaves that we had spray-painted gold. Our photobooth props were huge palm leaves and other plants that we'd foraged from friend's houses around town in the days before the wedding.
Our botanist friend Allyson made the groom's boutonniere and the bride's bouquet from the same Fifty Flowers combo boxes. She also snuck in some of the gold monstera leaves, which also matched the bride's earrings. It was all perfect.
We had a brass band play during the cocktail hour, which was extra special because we met in high school marching band. After the brass band, we had a mariachi band play some classic mariachi music. Then we ate tacos, heard some lovely toasts, and had our first dance to "Lovin' You, Baby" by Charles Bradley. The mariachi band ended their set by playing hava nagila. We were so excited! A mariachi hora was the perfect way to blend together our two families and cultures!!!
After the hora, we switched over to a DJ and danced until late. Afterwards, we headed back to HI Hostel of Sacramento (a beautiful victorian converted into a hostel) where we were staying for the whole weekend with 50 of our friends. Our friends had used some of our arrangements to make a beautiful and romantic pathway to our room. We had the best time!