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Jessica and Ethan live about 4 blocks from my house.  It was such a pleasure working with them, meeting their delightful families, and being a part of their day of love.  They laid down carpets borrowed from friends for the ceremony in the Redwoods.  The taco bar dinner was killer.  Jessica’s mom made the carrot wedding cake.  So much to love about this wedding.

When Ashley and Dan told me that Dan had considered being shot out of a cannon for their wedding and that they were trying to figure out if a clear dance floor over the pool was doable, I knew these were the folks for me.  While neither of these dreams came to fruition, their costume encouraged wedding was a blast non the less.

When Ella and Chris told me about their vintage inspired Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland themed wedding that was to be held at Ella’s grandparent’s house near Stanford University… I did the happy dance (I’m not proud).  As someone with a flair for theatrics, a love for dressing up, and an appreciation things done differently, I was so stoked to be invited to tell the story of their wedding.

And their wedding was pretty extraordinary.  Ella’s mother insisted on bee’s wax candles, which perfumed the dining area with their aroma.  Ella and her mom scoured yard sales, estate sales, and thrift stores for months before their wedding and collected a miss matched and gorgeous selection of vintage plates and saucers.  The instruction to their florist from Flora Grubb, was to make the flower arrangements fun, weird, and a little creepy.  The flowers were amazing.  The appetizers, from Le Papillon, were like little pieces of art.  Lowe House Creative rocked the event coordination and made sure that everything ran smoothly.  My buddy Hardy Wilson shot the extravaganza with me and we couldn’t help but dust off some fancy pants and dashing duds for the big event.

At one point in the evening, I found myself chatting with one of the guests, and I asked him what kind of work he did.  He said he said his father was a clown (one of my secret dream jobs) and that he was training to be a clown himself.  Of course… a clown.

Once the dancing began, the energy and joy that Ella and Chris shared with their guests flowed onto the dance floor, and the celebration rolled into the night.

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