I never introduce Wordless Weddings, but today I am! This wedding was shot by my good girlfriend Jamie, one of the first friends I made through blogging (and one of APW’s first ever wedding graduates) and her partner Michelle, as part of their brand new collaboration Rad + In Love in Southern California. J, I’m so proud. —M
* Ashley, Artist and Part-time Treasure Hunter & Minh, Student and Part-time Treasure Hunter * Photographer: Rad + In Love * Soundtrack for reading: “Everlasting Light” by The Black Keys, or if you’re the crying type “Welcome Home” by Radical Face
One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe of the wedding: Come hungry, leave happy.
The Info—Photography: Rad + In Love / Videography: Evan Koester / Venue: Private residence in Buellton, CA / Rentals: Elite Events / Catering: JR’s Catering / Cheese, Bread, and Sweets: Trader Joe’s / Flowers: Josh Wataru from Fanny’s Flowers / Ashley’s Dress: RawHemline and MtCoffinz / Ashley’s Shoes: Blowfish / Minh’s Jacket: Banana Republic / Ashley’s Rings: RawHemline and Tooriginal / Minh’s Ring: Wedgewood Rings
Other cool stuff we should know about: Minh’s only request was that he not be forced to wear a cummerbund. Or white patent leather shoes. We had a private ring ceremony with a public handfasting, and instead of anyone walking down the aisle, we asked friends and family to light candles while we played “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed” by the Welcome Wagon. We had a big piñata filled with candy and Kidrobot toys instead of a garter or bouquet toss and a third of our guests were young males under the age of twenty-one. Oh and I finished (almost!) sewing my dress together two hours before the ceremony.
Favorite thing about the wedding: Ashley: Having everything important in my life distilled into one place at one time for one purpose. Minh: The sparklers!
I think more than anything the process of planning a wedding made me so grateful for God’s providence, my husband’s steadfastness, and the kindness, talent, and generosity of so many friends and strangers. This wedding was like a giant love gift from us, from our friends and families, for each other. So many blessings. People whom I’ve never met (but now love dearly!) sewed my dress, cooked our incredible food, and made our rings. People I’ve known all my life worked tirelessly rewiring barns (thanks Dad!), stringing lights, arranging flowers, picking apples, cleaning, decorating, assembling, innovating, praying, and encouraging. Having that kind of love and support from so many people was pretty powerful… and making all that stuff was fun too!