a Very Trashley New Year’s Eve
My wife and i were married on New Year's Eve of this past year 2012. When we decided to have a wedding, we thought, what's a better night to be around all of your family and friends, and have a huge party? New Year's Eve it was.
We live in Oakland, CA and had our wedding in Berkeley, at Tilden Park's Brazilian Room.
Both Ashley and I are landscape architect, and wanted a rustic sort of feel to our wedding. Unfortunately, so does everyone else getting married, so prices were very high for a wedding in a barn or at a vineyard. The Brazilian room was perfect. Situated on top of a hill, overlooking Tilden's Botanical gardens and redwood grove, it was a lovely setting for our ceremony (outside, on the patio) and reception (inside, next to a massive fireplace).
Our families flew out from NJ on Christmas eve and Christmas day, and we had the week off to prepare and enjoy everyone's company.
Because half of our guests were traveling from the East Coast, the theme of our wedding was 'local', to offset the carbon footprint from the travelers. We decided to go with a partial wedding planner, Christina Logan, to help with last minute details, coordinating between vendors, and alleviating stress that both of our mothers might have on the big day. Christina was great, and everything went smoothly.
A bit on our vendors and local choices: Our band, Hot Einstein, from Oakland rocked the house, and our caterer, Anne Walker Catering, provided an organic and delicious meal, served family style.
We had Peet's Coffee as the coffee of choice, and a giant party bus, The Mexican Bus (Richmond, CA) to bring guests to and from the venue (very windy roads and drinking). Our photographer was a good friend from Oakland, Sarah Trent Photography, and our dresses were from Glamor Closet in San Francisco.
The evening ended with a sparkler exit, and then an after party for a new year's eve countdown, at Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley.
I would love to share my story with other LGBT (or straight..) brides and grooms, because everything was absolutely wonderful.
We decided to get married in CA, even though was not legally recognized at the time. We did not want to wait for permission to love each other, and have a huge loving party.
Thanks for reading!