Sharon and Dean, Part 1

Sharon and Dean are so thoughtful, intelligent, and laid back- they were total dream clients! I was uber-impressed to learn that both have MAs in Asian American Studies and PhDs in American Culture. Their love for culture, tradition, and family totally set the tone for their wedding day. I had so much fun designing this “Hawaii-and-Asian-inspired-but-not-overkill-tropical” wedding. The groom, having grown up in Hawaii, appreciates structured, tropical flowers like orchids, curcuma, ginger, jasmine and tuberrose. They wanted to make sure no kitschy, stereotypical Hawaii icons were used. Thus, no Hawaiian shirts, drink umbrellas, or coconut bras were in sight at Sharon and Dean’s wedding 🙂 Just the essence of Hawaii, tied in with subtle Asian details, gave this wedding a bit of unique flavor. Sharon, who is bubbly and fun, gravitated toward a bold and energetic palette of fuchsia, burgundy and chartreuse.

The amazing Angel of Love and Splendor planned and executed almost every detail of this intricate wedding. I remember having many phone conversations with her about Sharon and Dean’s wedding where we bounced off ideas like wildfire. The Image Is Found captured the wedding (and the slammin’ afterparty) just beautifully. Their work is always inspiring and incredible! Thanks to Nate and Jaclyn for sending me these lovely images in the mail.

Meet the bride, looking radiant on her wedding day!

Meet the bride, looking naturally radiant on her wedding day!

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Sharon's bouquet was simple and chic- just black and pink callas.

Sharon's bouquet was simple and chic- just black and pink callas.

Building and staing this bamboo arch was a bit of a project, but it was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.

Building and staining this bamboo arch was a bit of a project, but it was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony.

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They had- get this- 3 flower girls and SIX ring boys.  It was a gang of kids walking down that aisle!  The flower girls carried river cane baskets and wore delicate wreaths of orchids and rolled rose petals.

They had- get this- 3 flower girls and SIX ring boys. It was a gang of kids walking down that aisle! The flower girls carried river cane baskets and wore delicate wreaths of orchids and rolled rose petals. Another cute detail: The 6 ring bearers carried baskets of roses and handed them out to guests along the aisle. Sharon wanted guests to know how incredibly special they were to the couple!

The violet and aqua bridesmaids dresses just popped.  10 bridesmaids!

The violet and aqua bridesmaids dresses just popped. 10 bridesmaids!

Their bouquets were just bursting iwth orchids, roses, gloriosas, and more.

Their bouquets were just bursting with orchids, roses, gloriosa lilies, and more.

I LOVE this image of Sharon and Dean kissing beneath a shower of orchids and white paper cranes (hand-folded by Angel herself!)

I LOVE this image of Sharon and Dean kissing beneath a shower of orchids and white paper cranes (hand-folded by Angel herself!)

These white cranes were scattered in random places throughout the reception site.  Angel had heard about the Japanese wedding tradition of folding 1000 cranes as a gift to the fiance to wish them 1000 years of happiness and prosperity.  Angel thought this would be a delightful addition to Sharon and Dean's decor.

These white cranes were scattered in nooks and crannies throughout the reception. Angel had heard about the Japanese wedding tradition of folding 1000 cranes as a gift to the groom to wish him 1000 years of happiness and prosperity. She thought this would be a delightful addition to Sharon and Dean's decor.

Check back for Part II of Sharon and Dean’s lively wedding! Lots of colorful reception details. Ciao!

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2 Responses to “Sharon and Dean, Part 1”

  1. Rachel Says:

    That arch is so beautiful! You are one crafty girly.

  2. Amanda Auer Says:

    Tell me she didn’t fold 1000 paper cranes. Tell me she stopped at like 200 or something. Please.

    The flowers are gorge, Kris! Can’t wait to see more.

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