Black Bear Inn Wedding Photography
Jesica & Karl’s Colorful and Radient Outdoor Wedding
Karl and I met in Mechanical Engineering undergrad at SJSU. At the time, being a female in the Engineering building was almost unheard of and apparently my waist-length platinum hair made me a unicorn.
Continuing with the vintage feel, Karl drew inspiration from “many Manhattans and Old Fashions”.
The dress ended up being all that and more, bringing a modern flair with flattering straight lines of lace while at the same time invoking her inner Spanish queen!
Karl likes to call us “Fire and Ice”. I am a passionate person thanks to my latin blood, I can’t seem to feel emotions halfway. Karl is more mild, he is pragmatic and cool headed.
We wrote first-look letters for exchange to have our own sentimental and private moment which allowed us to skip reciting vows.
Karl and I spent our weekends building rustic planters (centerpieces) from reclaimed redwood fence boards and planted them with herbs, flowers, and jade for good luck 😉
Our ceremony and reception were both at the Black Bear Inn in Arnold California. When we visited for the first time, we knew “this was it”.
The butterfly release was particularly special to us- we both lost grandparents and relatives who could not be present in flesh, but were in spirit.
The centerpieces were meant to be romantic garden planters with a rustic edge- building them together also gave us an opportunity to grow and work as a team (not always easy!)
We also brought a whimsical touch to the seating arrangements, using “South African Spirit Animals” instead of numbers as a nod to our FANTASTIC honeymoon.
As engineers, making things and the “do it yourself” attitude is part of who we are. We tried to bring that to the tablescapes and decor details.
Having lawn games and a cigar lounge was something we both agreed upon early on. We wanted our guests to have the freedom to roam and do whatever was comfortable and not feel obligated to dance or sit at the table all night.
The music lists were selected ourselves and ordered according to the events throughout the evening. We wanted a cross section of our audio lives, something that is central to our partnership: jazz, swing, classic rock, hip hop, tango, outlaw country and Italian wedding songs (of course!).
We are compliments. As we continue our journey in this new chapter, I am amazed at how much we are still learning about one another.
<h5 style=”text-align: center;”> “You are becoming a union, not a single person.”</h5>
Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.
Karl and I met in Mechanical Engineering undergrad at SJSU. At the time, being a female in the Engineering building was almost unheard of and apparently my waist-length platinum hair made me a unicorn 😛 Karl and I talked in class and he intentionally started “bumping into me” at the cafe. From there, we got to know each other well over many caffeine fueled homework sessions and test cramming into the wee hours of the morning. On our 5th anniversary last year in Nov, Karl surprised me by taking me to Maverick’s beach in Half Moon Bay where we had our first date. He proposed right there on the beach and even had a photographer secretly waiting to capture it all. He further surprised me with an awesome stay at the Ritz HMB. Truly one of the best days of my life. My engagement ring was perfect: a Princess cut solitaire diamond on a white gold setting with a knife edge band. Originally I did not want a second band until I fell in love with dainty stack-able ones. I chose a rose gold 3mm wide (stack-able) band with alternating sapphires (Karl’s birthstone) and diamonds in milgrain oval settings. Karl had a Damascus steel domed band with an off-set rose gold meridian custom made. It’s not a ring, it’s a work of art!
Our ceremony and reception were both at the Black Bear Inn in Arnold California. When we visited for the first time, we knew “this was it”. The grounds were beautiful and incorporated both the garden and natural forest feel. The inn keepers Bruce and Wendi are also incredibly warm and wonderful people. Karl and I spent a great deal of time writing our own ceremony. We wrote first-look letters for exchange to have our own sentimental and private moment which allowed us to skip reciting vows. The butterfly release was particularly special to us- we both lost grandparents and relatives who could not be present in flesh, but were in spirit. We wanted to remember them with our family and friends, and to share their spirit with everyone. Seeing the Monarchs drift around the property during the rest of the day (and weekend!) was a beautiful reminder to us that our loved ones are always with us. Having my nieces and nephews be a part of the procession was so fun for us. They brought a sweet innocence and pure joy to the ceremony that calmed our nerves and made the day that much more special. The processional song was “Here comes the sun” (acoustic cover version) and recessional song was “You’re my best friend” by Queen- both self explanatory in meaning
Our first dance was a bit of a wrinkle. We realized during cocktail hour that the fancy tango/rumba we learned choreography for didn’t work in my long dress! Nonetheless, we went out there and strutted our stuff as best and classy as we could to Dean Martin’s “Sway.” I had my father-daughter dance to “Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel, sentimental to me because I always remembered sitting in my parent’s workshop with them listening to his albums
Jes started her style with a fun peacock feather fascinator for vintage inspiration. She wanted a beautiful vintage gown with lace, cap sleeves, and a feminine silhouette. The dress ended up being all that and more, bringing a modern flair with flattering straight lines of lace while at the same time invoking her inner Spanish queen! Adding lace sleeves with a keyhole back made the neckline a touch more vintage. Jes picked playful teal suede heels and pearl earrings as finishing touches. For hair and makeup, Jes opted for a soft fingerwave and cat eyes, a modern classic. The bridesmaids wore lace peplum dresses with a pencil skirt. Teal kitten heels and peacock feather broaches tied it all together. The flower girls wore whatever they wanted, of course adorable white lace dresses.