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Cheska & Arnold


Cheska, Part-time Baker & Arnold, Full-time Taste Tester * Photographer: Christina Richards (APW Sponsor) * Soundtrack for reading: “Everyday” by Vetiver *

One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: A relaxing, introverted celebration with great food, sweets and music that was fun for introverts and extroverts alike! Hooray! (We’re more of the one-on-one conversations type, than a dancing couple.)

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

Cheska & Arnold | A Practical Wedding

The Info—Photography: Christina Richards (APW Sponsor) / Venue: Radonich Ranch / Food, rentals, centerpieces: Vignette Events / Sweets: Gerhard Michler and Alfajores made by Cheska’s friend, Carmen / Invitations: Designed by the Cheska and printed by both Cheska & Arnold through a letterpress workshop from Reb Peters Press / Flowers: Cheska’s friend, Marissa / Music: Cheska/Spotify/iPad /
Other decorations, crafts, etc: A total collaboration between our maid of honor, Steph, our bridesmaid, Cheryl and many talented friends and family! / Cheska’s Dress: Saja / Cheska’s Shoes: Anne Klein and Repetto / Cheska’s Jewelry: All from my very generous momArnold’s Wedding Band: TitaniumKnights / Arnold’s Suit: Boss Black / Arnold’s Shirt: Custom by Spoon Tailor / Arnold’s Shoes: Florsheim / Ring Bowl: Paloma’s Nest

Other cool stuff we should know about: We had quite a small wedding but it was definitely a big project for us! For me personally, I wanted to learn a lot of different skills while planning (ie: letterpress printing!) We had a budget, set up a wedding fund, and were really hands on with almost everything. I really wanted letterpress invitations but there was just no way we could do it at the prices we were seeing at that time. Being a loyal craigslister, one day, I decided to type “lettepress” on the search box and lo and behold—I found a letterpress workshop run by an aritist in Oakland for a very reasonable price! And off I went, designing the invitation with the help of Rebecca Peters and teaching myself how to use Illustrator. My dad provided the stick drawing of a couple—the boy handing a yellow flower to the girl. I thought it would be a great hint for Arnold since he hasn’t given me flowers yet…

We took a lot of calculated risks to plan our wedding. I found the venue the night we got engaged. A few weeks later, we visited the venue in person and just loved it. We booked it a year and a half before the wedding date without even tasting the food (because they didn’t do tastings). So, we checked references instead and just put our faith that it will all taste great in the end, which it did! We also found our amazing photographer, Christina Richards, here on APW. At that time, she had only photographed two weddings but we really just loved the photographs she had taken. (I was even more excited when I found out she went to SCAD. If I happened to be more artistic, I would have loved to study there.) We met with her shortly after, then booked her even before we had booked our venue. We were really lucky to have amazing vendors.

Favorite thing about the wedding: Arnold: Aside from being married to such a lovely and beautiful bride, I really loved the food and the casual setting that allowed everyone to enjoy the wedding without being too tiring and overwhelming. Cheska: My favorite was seeing him for the first time and reading the vows we wrote to each other. I couldn’t help but cry when I first saw him so he ended up helping me fix my eye makeup!  I loved that it was very us, there was no pressure for guests to dance. If you didn’t feel like dancing, there was space for you to converse with friends quietly. There was room for all the kids to run around and play. The weather was perfect, the food delicious, we got married, friends flew across oceans to celebrate with us and everyone was happy!
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  • http://www.robyntheblogedition.blogspot.com Robyn

    LOVE IT! We are also more one-on-one conversation types than dancing types, and we’ll be doing the same thing – no pressure to dance or party your face off if you’d rather just sit and visit! I’m happy to see such a beautiful low-key, introverted wedding featured – thank you for sharing and congrats!

  • http://unexpected-moments.blogspot.com/ Sheryl

    Your wedding is gorgeous. GORGEOUS. Every single photo there is simply radiating joy.

  • Chris Bergstrom

    Beautiful!!

  • http://corrieanne.com/ Corrie Anne

    So beautiful. I love that they described it as introverted and for one-on-one conversations. So perfect. And I love the dresses!!

  • http://www.stitch-witch.net Christina McPants

    Gorgeous wedding and I want the blue shoes! I will hug them and pet them and then wear them lots.

  • Sarah WP

    Love! And not just because we used the same amazing photographer and beautiful venue. ;) Looked like a perfect day, for introverts and extroverts alike. Best wishes and congratulations!

  • http://www.koruwedding.blogspot.com Koru Kate ⎨Koru Wedding⎬

    The joy & love in those smiles . . . priceless! So beautiful, congratulations!

  • Laura

    That dress! Those SHOES! Looks like an amazing wedding!

  • cheska

    thank you so much for all the wonderful comments! :) you guys made our day! :D
    funny, those shoes! i’ve had them for 4 years but hardly wore them since i could barely walk in heels! :P i originally wanted them in ivory but arnold convinced me to get them in that color instead. :) they are by anne klein and called “demos.” :)

  • http://bettencourtchase.blogspot.com Helen

    Your wedding was so beautiful! Congratulations. :)

  • http://Turtleloveco.com Adrianne

    I love the photo of you with the mic. Talking at my own wedding was one of those things that was really important to me, but that I forgot on the day of. Way to be a present adult at your wedding!

  • cheska

    Thank you so much! :) Adrianne — that was actually my maid of honor, Steph with the mic! :) My husband and I did speak for a bit to thank everyone but you know, I forgot to thank my parents! I was so nervous, I forgot a lot of things, too! :)

  • Joan

    Beautiful! I especially love the beaming faces of your family and friends all around you. It looks like you have an amazing community that loves and supports you both. Congratulations!!

  • Maggie

    So many smiles! That and the music is giving me a giant grin.

    (also, I’m drooling over the two dresses and those shoes!! Stunning.)

  • Diane

    Looks like I’m not the only one with some shoe envy — LOVE THEM!

  • http://www.californiadiscjockey.com bella white

    what a great wedding…
    the photos are great and beautiful…
    both of them, the bride and groom, look so happy.. :)