From Marissa and Sarah’s photographer: Bride and Groom? Nope, Bride and Broom. Marissa and Sarah’s wedding in took place in Oakland. Marissa, from the start of the day, described herself as the Broom and her half of the wedding party as the Broomsmen. The couple got ready before their wedding at their home, where a festive mood was already taking hold. Marissa made these secret storage books to give to her half of the wedding party. Included inside the hollowed out books was a tie, a pair of cufflinks and a thank you note. The outside cover and spine had the reminder “Remember to Celebrate Every Day.” It’s good advice.
One of the reasons I was excited to photograph Marissa and Sarah’s wedding was a very personal one. Their ceremony was at the Lake Merritt Bandstand which is where my wife and I had our ceremony five years ago. So photographing Marissa and Sarah’s wedding was an absolute delight.
I overheard Marissa saying to her family that not only was she wearing her grandfather’s cufflinks, she put a photo of her father in her pocket watch so that he could still be there. It’s nice that he got to be a part of the celebration, and in such a stylish manner as well. Sarah’s wonderful bouquet had not one but two full succulents in it. Marissa’s boutonniere was a companion piece to the bouquet, having the same succulent theme as well as one more accent of greenery.
At the reception, when guests toasted Marissa and Sarah, one of the recurring themes was how well paired their personalities were for each other: Marissa – eager, energetic and with a little bit of wildness; Sarah – loving, measured and organized.
Children’s Fairyland, where Marissa and Sarah had their reception, is a special theme park in Oakland for children. The park is famous for having been toured by Walt Disney to get inspiration for Disneyland. Normally the park is somewhat exclusive – no adults are allowed in without a child as an escort. It was with special dispensation that Marissa and Sarah were able to have their wedding reception at Fairyland without any kids as an escort. The story book sign outside the venue proclaiming “Happily ever after!” is a perfect ending for a fairy tale but also a great prediction to the start of marriage.
Dinner was served and afterwards guest were treated to carnival fare: cotton candy, popcorn, and cinnamon creme sandwiches. One of the play spaces at Children’s Fairyland is a small kid-sized chapel. We set up a photo booth for guests to take their photo in front of the chapel and also took photos of Marissa and Sarah inside the chapel with their celebrant.