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Elegant Bay Area wedding featuring Chinese & Mexican traditions


To celebrate Lunar New Year (which happens to be my favorite holiday!) We wanted to show off one of the most iconic features of Lunar New Year traditions featured in this elegant wedding: Lion Dancers. Seen during yearly celebrations we think it’s a fabulous way to incorporate your culture & wow your wedding guests. Featured in 2019 on Bridal Musings, this wedding is so festive …

Two stylish grooms, elegant Roman & Greek design, atmospheric photos, pretty pups, lion dancers, tea ceremonies, live painters, ball pits, mariachi… we have A LOT to gush about today!

Let’s just say, Justin & Jo’s Bay Area wedding is the kind of event we all hope we get invited to. Filled with cultural traditions, unique party vendors, elegant decor and a wedding dinner planned with ultimate craft & care. No detail was overlooked by the stylish San Fran couple & their incredible team of planners.

While we could go on and on about all the details we love (click through the gallery photos and you’ll understand!) We were particularly inspired by all the unique vendors. To incorporate their cultural heritages in a lively way, the couple were brought into the reception with Chinese Lion Dancers & then serenaded by Mexican mariachi. To entertain guests (and show off how fun this day really looked) the reception featured a ball pit photo booth.

And not only did the two receive last-a-lifetime photos by Jordan Voth and film vignette from Robert Michael Films but the couple hired a live painter to interpret their beautiful wedding ceremony.

The venue & planning

Our venue, Rosewood Sand Hill, perfectly encompassed elegance and a relaxed atmosphere. It also combined California’s natural beauty with world-renowned dining and hospitality. The culinary staff the biggest reason we choose our venue! We knew that we would delight our guest with a high-quality menu that the Rosewood was able to offer.

Our Wedding team, Crystal and Maribel from Amazae Events, was an extremely thoughtful and sincere pair. This wedding was the first large-scale same-sex wedding for the company and they approached every detail with such care and meticulousness. They helped make the day so effortless for us!

The Unique Vendors

We had a live painter at our wedding! She is an extremely talented artist named Talia Koval. We stumbled on to her work through Instagram and once we saw her creativity and talent we knew we wanted to incorporate live-painting into our wedding. The final paintings are absolutely incredible and one of our favorite parts of the wedding.

We wanted to include an activity for guests to enjoy themselves while taking a break from the dance floor but wanted to do something unique and unconventional! We were joking with our wedding planner that we wanted to do laser tag, arcade games, a ball pit, etc. She laughed and told us that a ball pit might be possible and eventually put us in touch with Snapfiesta! The ball pit was a huge hit and probably a highlight for most guests! I’d recommend couples consider a ball pit for their wedding!

Advice to Other Couples

We loved using Zola as our wedding registry and guest list tracker. It allowed us to conveniently personalize and streamline a wedding website, our registry, and guest list.

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