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A Playful Buddhist Wedding


Ali & Peter: We kind of want to highlight that they're not in their twenties

Ali, Psychotherapist & Peter, Psychologist

Photographer: Ian Londin Photography, with second shooter Todd Parsons

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: A playful Buddhist wedding.

Soundtrack for reading: “Never Say Goodbye” by Bob Dylan

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Other cool stuff we should know about

We paid particular attention to the ceremony. We both care about bringing more spirit into what we do. We wrote our own vows and asked a friend who is a Buddhist priest to officiate. We were married in front of a drapery/flower/rock altar that a friend created (we found her at the festival False Profit).

Some other fun things

We strung cafe lights to make the dining room smaller. We had a photo booth and a tea lounge in a back room. We had an open bar before the wedding.

Favorite thing about the wedding

The ceremony and walking down the aisle looking out and seeing a lifetime of people we loved in front of us.


The Info:

Photographer: Ian Londin Photography, with second shooter Todd Parsons | Location: San Francisco, CA | Venue: Golden Gate Club, Presidio | Ali’s Dress: Vera Wang from Bridal Galleria | Ali’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Peter’s Suit: Brioni | Flowers: Studio Choo | Catering: Bi-Rite Market and Catering | Wedding Ceremony Backdrop: Jules

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  • http://cafeaubride.blogspot.com/ Catherine

    1. I’m jealous of both of your careers. I’m just now starting the road to becoming a therapist.
    2. I wish I had the guts to have a ceremony like yalls. I’m Buddhist as well, and we’ll be writing our ceremony and it definitely won’t be Jesus-y but still..also I’m not just marrying myself – my partner doesn’t follow a distinct spiritual path so I wouldn’t want to step on toes.

    I love this wedding :)

    • ruth

      My husband and I were in a similar boat. I have a daily, Buddhist derived meditation practice – my husband doesn’t follow any spiritual path. In the end we were able to create a ceremony that reflected us both – my husband and I each contributed a piece of writing that our officiants used to create the ceremony; his was about having a sense of wonder at the world, which is his ‘spiritual path’ as a scientist. We also had multiple officiants, which actually worked out really wonderfully (they worked really well together.) There were a lot of raised eyebrows initially from family when we mentioned a multi-officiant wedding, but it ended up being a beautiful compromise for our differing faith perspectives. Writing your own ceremony can be a challenge, but it was so so worth it in the end – all our guests keep talking about it; I think they really felt the heart we put into it.

  • MisterEHolmes

    What a lovely dress and a beautiful background for your wedding!

  • Emily

    That dress is adorbs!

  • StevenPortland

    Great posting. Loved reading that you had an open bar before the wedding. The dress, the lights, the flowers all look fantastic.

  • Molly

    This wedding looks so beautiful! Love it.

  • Lily

    love it love it. congrats!!!

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  • Kats

    The photos are lovely. Perhaps I misread it, but it seemed to me that the caption (“We kind of want to highlight that they’re not in their twenties”) – came across as snarky and WIC in ways I don’t expect to see from APW. It shouldn’t be a big deal that a couple gets married in a beautiful wedding and happen to be in their thirties…or their forties…or whatever age they happen to be. It doesn’t…or shouldn’t…merit a comment that people not in their twenties are getting married – to say so seems to underscore a theory, hopefully discredited, that marriage is Something One Must Achieve Before Thirty.

    • Anon

      It did seem odd since the narrative from the couple doesn’t mention age as a “thing” and the couple doesn’t look noticeably older than most of the couples featured on here. I don’t find it snarky necessarily, but it does seem out of the blue, and the intent isn’t clear.

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  • N

    I love the dress but haven’t been able to find it anywhere – does anyone know which Vera Wang dress it actually is?

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