A Glittery Homemade Catholic Wedding


With a dance party that doesn't quit

Rachel, social worker  & George, accountant

Photographer: Hart and Sol West (APW Sponsor)

One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: AWESOME. (No, seriously; the day was full of family and friends bursting with happiness. And food.)

Soundtrack for reading: “Jenny” by The Mountain Goats

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OTHER COOL STUFF WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Looking back, I think the coolest parts about the wedding were the homemade things, despite the time they took.

My mom, grandmother, and I (Rachel) have all grown plants taken from each other’s gardens for years, so we thought it was appropriate to pass them on to our friends and family. We spent a year collecting succulent cuttings from our garden for favors, and one of the most fun things since the wedding has been receiving updates from guests on the status of “their plant.” We had a blast putting together pew flowers and centerpieces at Repetto’s in Half Moon Bay, covering ourselves with glitter (unintentionally) while making signs and table numbers, and making a kick-ass wedding playlist with every song we love dancing to.

I thought there would be no time to incorporate our own crafts and talents into our wedding, but we ended up making the time… and it was totally worth it.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT THE WEDDING

Rachel: Big picture—That was the first time we’d had all our friends, family, and community in one place. Little thing—the drive from the church to the reception. George: The reception, dancing, and talking to lots of peeps.


The Info:

Photographer: Hart & Sol West (APW Sponsor) | Location: San Rafael, CA | Ceremony Venue: Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church (Larkspur, CA) | Reception Venue: St. Vincent’s School for Boys (San Rafael, CA) | Catering/Rentals/Life-Savers: Preferred Sonoma Caterers | Rachel’s Dress: J.Crew | George’s Suit: Banana Republic | Bouquets: Crimson Horticulture | Cake: Crystal Sokolov

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  • Grace

    I just have to say I’m sorely disappointed that the gold sequin blazer isn’t listed in the info section. I suddenly have a very massive void in my wardrobe.

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      ::cough:: rstyle.me/~MTsp

      • Grace

        YE! THANK YOU.
        (and a bonus thanks for reading my mind that I secretly wanted a pewter colored one for my wedding – I can always count on APW for all of my sequin needs!)

    • Sarah

      I second this! Would love to know where that came from so I can copy you like crazy. I also loved your veil if you’re willing to share that one too. Thank you!

      • Rachel

        Rachel again!- my sister-in-law made that veil for her wedding! Apparently it wasn’t too hard…sounds like a good “How To” post *cough* Maddie *cough* :)

    • Rachel

      Hey guys! I’m Rachel- the jacket came from H&M after searching for A LONG TIME, unfortunately, I don’t think they sell it online or I definitely would have provided a link

  • ML

    This bride has such a lovely smile :) I love the elevator and flower girl shots, and yes, that sequin blazer!!

  • Anne

    Yay for Repetto’s!

  • http://rationalcreature.com/ Amy

    I think I’ve just realized that one of the reasons I love reading this site so much is all of the joy in the photos. It’s just such a damn comfort.

  • Anna

    So pretty and so happy. But those shoes omg

  • Stephanie B.

    LOVE the picture of the wedding party sitting on the steps!

  • Therese

    The Mountain Goats! I compliment you on your great taste in music ;)

  • Marit

    Thanks so much for posting a Catholic wedding! Its always nice to see the options of more traditional weddings, not just the ones outside the box!