This past March I married my love of 6 years. It was a memorable day of love, joy and fun with our families. And it the perfect wedding that fit the two of us.
We got married at City Hall in San Francisco, which is a breathtakingly beautiful building filled with grand ceilings, white marble and gold trim. We knew we wanted to have something small and intimate with our families, and a place that was gorgeous but low key. We decided City Hall was perfect.
Once we had the venue chosen, it was time to find my dress and decide on my wedding style. I had originally thought I would be an ethereal boho bride, with a long flowy white dress and floral crown. But all the flowy dresses I loved were way out of my budget, and I realized that being a boho bride didn’t fit the venue we were getting married at.
Then one day I was scrolling through Instagram and found this gorgeous picture of Ashley Olsen at a red carpet event. She was wearing a simple black ball gown with a deep v in the front, and smoky makeup. Bam! That was it, the inspiration I needed for my look.
I turned my search from hippie white dresses to dramatic black gowns. I started a pinterest board for beauty inspiration and filled it with big hair, messy waves and smoky eye makeup. And threw in some black dresses to help with the feel of the new look. My new vision was now Boho Chic.
After scouring the internet and all the stores in San Jose, I chose a black, strapless tulle gown from Jenny Yoo. And the best part of it was, since it was a bridesmaids dress, it was less than $300!
Once I had the dress, I needed accessories to jazz it up and make it more me. I found a bronze jeweled belt at Anthropologie to give it a boho feel. I decided to wear my old favorite BCBG gold strappy heels for my “something old”, and so I didn’t have to buy new shoes that I might not wear again. And my favorite gold rings, bracelets and earrings finished off my look.
On the day of our wedding, it was time for my vision to come to life. When I met with my wedding hair and makeup artist, my dear friend Maria Chang of PMA, I shared with her my board and how I wanted to be seen. Yes, even though I’m an artist, I wanted to have the full experience of being a bride so I hired my amazing friend who I knew would get me and what I wanted. I wanted to feel pampered and taken care of, not stressed out over getting every detail perfect.
After showing her my inspiration, and telling her how I envisioned it, I let her artistic talent take charge from there. And it was better than I could’ve imagined! I felt more beautiful than I ever had before.
Here's a peek at some of the photos from our day! Our amazing wedding photographer was Abi Quisenberry of Abi Q Photography.