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Krystal & Patrick’s Happily Ever After Party


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

I’ve been inundating you with reader weddings of late, but I have so many good ones! Keep them coming. It’s such a honor to get to share them with you all.

This uber-practical reader wedding involved the couple’s children, a passel of adorable babies, and some of the hippest trends around. Krystal and Patrick got Weddinged at a ‘Happily Ever After Party’ at their home in Santa Cruz, after marrying last year at Patrick’s parents home.
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingThis wedding had many practical touches. The bride wore a killer BCBG dress (along with some beautiful ink!). The couple set up a registry with Global Giving, so people could give donations in their honor to various chosen causes, like the Boys and Girls Club in Baton Rouge, or, to build schools in Laos.
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingTheir invites were posters made by etsy seller Unless Someone Like You.
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingThey went to Trader Joe’s the day before of the party and bought all the tulips in the store, and gave their guests mustaches on a stick just for fun.
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingFor favors, the couple bought local honey and bottled it themselves, and tied them with family pictures.
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingKrystal says: “Patrick and I utilized the multitude of talent surrounding us. My son played guitar, Pat’s friend BBQ’s Oysters, other friends made vegan cupcakes and sushi, helped decorate, took photos, served food, sang. I worked at a local coffee shop in town and the owner graciously donated fabulous coffee for the evening. “
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingI love this picture of Krystal and Patrick enjoying their son’s performance!
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingAnd here are their two sons chilling out. Check out that wee clip on tie!
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingThey had a kids table set up with mad libs, clay, crayons, balloons, little toys, hula hoops (which the grown ups used more)…
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingAnd really, I’m not sure how you top this cuteness…
Krystal & Patricks Happily Ever After Party | A Practical WeddingExcept with THIS! Which just goes to show you, even a cocktail party wedding won’t keep the cool babies at bay.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11371172824707301749 Cate Subrosa

    Just the name ‘Happily Ever After Party’ makes me wish we stuck to our original plan of small secret wedding followed by big party… ooh, maybe I could still steal it for our day after lunch… *running off to email idea to HP*

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09384044696343954901 DomestiGals

    Aw, I just LOVE this! Everyone looks so happy. Love the idea for a kids’ table too. At first I wasn’t thrilled with the knowledge that we’ll have a lot of kids at our wedding, but I have since decided to embrace it and am planning a kids’ table – now I know some great activities for them to do. Thanks for sharing this delightful party, Meg!

  • Liz

    You need to check out the Washington Post this week. They are doing wedding week and one of the first features was an “Anti-Wedding” which attempted to thwart the WIC. It’s a really amusing read.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18158492409598444709 Terry

    “Happily ever after party”. Thats so cute. When gay marriage gets legalised in MN, and we get married again, I think thats what we’ll have to call it.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00174894872050076618 Marie-Ève

    How great! Is it just me or the “outside-the-box” weddings are always the best (and most memorable) ones?… Ever since I first commented that I wished I could find more examples of people marrying after having children those seem to pop up everywhere, much to my delight…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00182860438430294750 Sizzle

    What an awesome celebration of a fantastic couple! (I know them in real life.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13637175204058512796 Jennifer Fox

    Lovely – such a fun and wonderful way to celebrate their love. Everything about this one makes me feel happy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03208244458086146065 Blablover5

    The tulips are gorgeous.

    And I love the mustache idea. We did get some really cheap fake halloween masks that we may let our guests decorate who don’t bring costumes though.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05650363231006892289 Mrs. in May

    Oh my gosh, I want more!!!
    Happily Ever After is really fantastic, there are so many thoughts swirling around my head. I am now thinking it would be a great thing to name our brunch!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09557796107777131534 Miss Mallika

    oh my god! i totally went to high school with Krystal! and i didn’t know she got married! it looks so nice! congrats K :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08087468442324617161 Mama Krystal

    Thanks Folks!

    We sure did have fun ( i think, was i there?). I’d love to go back and see the whole thing as a guest, you know?

    Hi Mallika!

    Also, we actually had the party at a vacation rental, not our house, oops!

    Having kids there really made everything light, fun and friendly-I highly recommend it.

    xoxo
    Krystal