One of the best parts of APW, for me, has always been the rich community that makes up this site. And while I can’t take credit for it, I am more than happy to brag about being part of it. I met Yesenia during last year’s Hair & Makeup Tutorials, and instantly fell in love with her. So much so that I made her my own personal stylist, while I, in turn, became her personal evangelist. (It’s a rare thing to find someone who understands how to make you feel pretty on your own terms, my friends.) When I found out Yesenia was getting married and had hired my friend Chloe (who is also APW’s most talented model and a badass photographer in her own right) to shoot the wedding, I practically begged Chloe to let me tag alongside her. The wedding itself was beautiful (as you’ll see in Chloe’s and a few of my photos below), but it was the collaborative efforts of so many familiar faces (many of whom I’ve met through APW-related events) working together that made the thing magic. Team Practical, indeed.
* Yesenia, Stylist at Ketér Salon in Berkeley (and one of APW’s resident stylists for Hair & Makeup Tutorials) & Don, Restaurateur * Photographer: Chloe Jackman * Soundtrack for reading: “To Know Him Is To Love Him” as performed by Amy Winehouse *
One sentence sum up of the wedding vibe: An out-of-control festive family affair.
The Info—Photographer: Chloe Jackman / Location: San Francisco, CA / Venue: Cigar Bar & Grill / Day-of Coordinator: Meredith Lynch / Flowers & Rentals: Johnelle Mancha of Mignonne Decor / Videographer: Valerie Sepeda / DJ & MC: Jake Gilchrist / Yesenia’s Makeup: Nikol Elaine / Yesenia’s Hair: Aya Kamagawa from Ketér Salon / Cake: Mi Pueblo, the grocery store
Other cool stuff we should know about: It was truly a DIY wedding—from the invitations to the flower arrangements, everything was DIY. And I think that made it really warm. My friends were able to really enjoy the wedding because we saw the work through together. I mean, my family got to enjoy it, but my friends really helped, so I really truly think they felt a part of it. It felt like it was everybody’s wedding.
It was all very easy going. It wasn’t stuffy. It was super casual, which I think made it feel like a fiesta, versus a wedding. And the ceremony to me was very special, obviously, because we wrote our own vows and we didn’t think about it too hard. We just said the things we wanted to say to each other, in front of everybody.
Favorite thing about the wedding: The taquero. Having tacos at eight or nine o’clock was my favorite.