A Golden Gate Wedding: Alicia & Sarah
Alicia and Sarah were married on June 21, 2014 at the Shakespeare Garden in Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco. “We chose Shakespeare Garden because it’s actually a meeting point between our houses, where we formerly lived separately,” Alicia said. “Also, we love San Francisco, we love the park, and the Garden is a tucked away private, natural setting within the park. No need to decorate or anything! We just brought the chairs and ourselves, the natural beauty of the garden did the rest,” she explained.
The brides chose to add some traditional touches to their day. They’d gone dress shopping separately (Alicia with her sister-in-law, and Sarah with her mom and a bridesmaid), and didn’t see each other’s wedding gown until the day of the wedding. Also, each bride asked her father to escort her down the aisle. Their friend Paul officiated, including a reflection on how the brides met, and what they love most about one another.
The brides were incredibly thoughtful about every important detail, and included a lot of DIY touches. For their bridal party gifts, they chose monogrammed flasks. They were easy to order and affordable online, they explained. “I came up with that idea because I knew that I, along with my bridespeople would have liked something functional and fun and fitting for us when it came to a bridal party gift. I just knew everyone would appreciate it and use it again instead of tucking it away in a closet never to be used,” Alicia explained.
Each guest received, as a thank you gift, a baby succulent. Sarah’s mom and grandmother had a huge number growing in their yard, and the brides went to a craft store, picked out those cute little pails, glued lace around them, then planted the baby succulents.
For dessert, they went with a classic cupcake tower, because they wanted their guests to have a choice of cake flavor (they went with passionfruit, coconut, and guava). On top was a mini, gluten-free cake (mostly for Sarah!).
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.