|Posted on December 7, 2015 at 12:00 AM|
Photos provided by Astaria Holland (friend), and Alegria Sita (me)
This wedding was a special wedding for me to work on. Willie and Kate are dear friends of mine, and I was honored they asked me and the Gala team to provide DIY & Enjoy Services (month + day-of coordination) for their Special Day. Every wedding we work on is special... but there's something magical about having your friends recognize the value of your talents and services so much that they request them for their Big Day... such was the case for this DIY bohemian wedding in the Redwoods! (Thank you Willie & Kate!!!).
Everything about this celebration emminated LOVE, and truly reflected Willie and Kate's personalities. Friends and family were at the very heart of this wedding, supporting Kate and Willie with all of the details from attire, to food, to flowers, jewels, entertainment, and decor, all of which generated a community-based atmosphere, and was a sincere testament to the community support that embraces their marriage. Everyone really came together to realize the vision of the day!
Kate's dress was made by our friend Joy of Greensleeves, made of natural fibers.
Another friend, Taylor, is a metalsmith, and he made Kate and Willie's wedding bands. Taylor Cornejo Jewelry.
The ceremony was held in one of my favorite redwood groves, under a towering cathedral of trees. Guests passed by an altar of elements near and dear to Kate and Willie on their way to ceremony seating. As guests entered the ceremony area, Seda and Seth played Mbiras, offering sweet, acoustic melodies to the ambiance.
The ceremony began with a small processional of immediate family, followed by Willie, Kate, and their angelic son, Osha, stopping at the altar to take a moment with just the 3 of them before the ceremony began. Our friends Michael and Kathleen officiated a beautiful, personalized ceremony encompassing all things sacred to Willie and Kate. The love in the air was palpable!
Our friends Tigger and Lucas opened the ceremony chanting and drumming a welcome to the Four Directions.
Vows were exchanged...
Laughter was had...
And it was time to prounounce them......
Then the celebration began! All guests contributed to the potluck dinner with an array of appetizers, salads, sides, entrés and desserts... an incredible feast fit for a King and his Queen (and all of their guests)! Our friend Bethany served as the kitchen coordinator, while many hands came together to layout the scrumptious spread!
A couple of friends provided beautiful orchids for centerpieces accompanied by branches of cedar, luminaries, and river rocks for all of the tables. Absolutely stunning!!!
The feast was followed by toasts around a campfire, and dancing provided by DJ Dylan Livingearth. For guests camping out, an all-night sauna was brought in by Sauna Surround You.
This wedding was truly a testament to the love and community that Willie and Kate have built around them. We sincerely wish them the best for a lifetime of Love and Happiness together! Thank you Willie and Kate, for allowing Gala Events & Weddings to be of service on your special day! Best wishes always!!!