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Serena and Colin’s Mountain Terrace Wedding Photography

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Mountain Terrace Wedding Photography

Serena & Colin’s Harvest Moon Forest Wedding

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My wedding band is a white gold band made up of two bands twisted together.  Colin’s wedding band is a platinum band with detailing at the edges.

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Our main wedding color was purple.  My bridesmaids wore a royal purple, and flowers were also purple.

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rustic bridal portriats

I wanted my dress to be simple and elegant, and I love the look of lace.  I wanted a dress that would be timelessly beautiful.  My shoes were also lacy as well.

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groom's jacket
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Colin and I decided on blue/navy suit because it seemed a little less formal than a black suit but still looked elegant.

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groom getting ready

The groomsmen wore matching ties and socks that had a little bit of lavender/pink peaking through which added some warmth to their color palette.

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groom getting ready
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As for the venue, we chose the Mountain Terrace because it reminded us the most of the Pacific Northwest, which we now call home.

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first look wedding photos
first look wedding photos
first look wedding photos
first look wedding photography

It was a beautiful, natural location with lots of tall trees with a view of the Bay.

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We made the wedding arbor a focus of the wedding ceremony with flower arrangement across the top, which was also a feature in our wedding invitation.

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We wanted our ceremony to be very personalized.  Neither of us are very religious so we chose one of our good friends to marry us.

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Our processional song was a guitar rendition of Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley

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Our recessional song was a guitar rendition of Happy by Pharrell Williams.

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Colin and I have been through a lot together, from the major stresses of medical school and residency to that of family illness.  Through it all, Colin and I have been there for each other.

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Colin has a very silly sense of humor, and makes me laugh every day.  He makes me feel like a kid when I laugh with him.  In return, I bring both spontaneity/adventure as well as planning/organization to our lives.

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We had centerpieces that had purple orchids with white candles in bubble bowls.

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wedding reception details
wedding reception mountain terrace

We also had individually wrapped moon cakes that my sister helped me wrap with our wedding logo/sticker.

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The moon cakes were individually wrapped for our guests with purple ribbon.  They are a traditional dessert eaten on the Harvest Moon Festival which happened to be on the day of our wedding.

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Our cake had purple dahlias, which are my favorite flowers.  The design of it was “rustic,” which fit in with the vibe of the wedding.

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cutting the cake

Our first dance song was Adele’s version of Love Song.

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first dance

The advice I’d have for other couples is to invest 100% of yourself in your relationship.  Don’t keep tabs on who has done what for who. It is when you can love selflessly that you receive it in return.

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“It is when you can love selflessly that you receive it in return.”

 Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.


Venue: The Mountain Terrace

Caterer: The Mountain Terrace

Wedding Planner: Caren Pearlman from The Mountain Terrace

Officiant: Jeff Redinger

Hair & Makeup: Casey Nguyen from A-List Makeup

Florist: Susan Groves of In Full Bloom

Photobooth: Snap Fiesta

Ceremony Musician: Kevin Ayers

DJ: Woody Miraglia from Big Fun Disc Jockeys


Colin and I met in medical school.  We had immediate chemistry from the moment we met during orientation and started dating within a couple of weeks of meeting.  We were the first official class couple in a class of 124 students.  We have always been rock steady for each other, supporting each other through the trials and tribulations of both medical school and residency.  Colin proposed to me while we were on a rotation in Alaska, in a small town by the water in Homer, AK, in the middle of November.  It was at the end of the spit (long, narrow land mass sticking into the bay) overlooking stark, impressive range of snow-capped mountains in the background.  It was a surprise to me as I didn’t even realize he had bought the ring! 

My ring is a 3 stone ring with white gold band.  My wedding band is a white gold band made up of two bands twisted together.  Colin’s wedding band is a platinum band with detailing at the edges.

Our main wedding color was purple.  My bridesmaids wore a royal purple, and flowers were also purple.  We made the wedding arbor a focus of the wedding ceremony with flower arrangement across the top, which was also a feature in our wedding invitation.  We wanted to keep the wedding simple, elegant, but not too pretentious/fancy/overwrought. 

The other theme was the Super Moon/Total Eclipse that happened that day, which also happened to fall on the major Chinese holiday called the Harvest Moon Festival.  It is a festival that celebrates togetherness, and is a time for families to gather, much like the American Thanksgiving holiday.  We provided moon cakes as wedding favors for all our guests, which is a traditional Chinese dessert that is eaten on this holiday.

I wanted my dress to be simple and elegant, and I love the look of lace.  I wanted a dress that would be timelessly beautiful.  My shoes were also lacy as well.

Colin and I decided on blue/navy suit because it seemed a little less formal than a black suit but still looked elegant. The groomsmen wore matching ties and socks that had a little bit of lavender/pink peaking through which added some warmth to their color palette. 

I wanted a color for the bridesmaids that would stand out but not be too stereotypically bridesmaids-like, like pastel colors often are.  I wanted the bridesmaids to have dresses that they could wear again in other settings.  I let them choose their own style, I chose the color.

As for the venue, we chose the Mountain Terrace because it reminded us the most of the Pacific Northwest, which we now call home.  It was a beautiful, natural location with lots of tall trees with a view of the Bay.

I pretty much gave much of the design of the flowers to the florist.  I told her my colors for the wedding which were royal purple/lavender and navy.  I love dahlias and asked for her to incorporate purple dahlias in with the wedding cake floral design. 

We wanted our ceremony to be very personalized.  Neither of us are very religious so we chose one of our good friends to marry us.  He went to high school with Colin and we all did residency together (training to become internal medicine physicians).  Jeff gave a wonderful heartfelt speech, in addition to Colin and my personalized speeches/vows on how we met and the progression of our relationship. Our processional song was a guitar rendition of Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley, our Bridal processional song was a guitar rendition of Gymnopedie No 1, and the recessional song was a guitar rendition of Happy by Pharrell Williams.

One of the serendipitous moments of the wedding was when a herd of deer ran through the meadow just as we were pronounced man and wife.

Our reception was at the same place as the ceremony.  Again, we chose this place because we loved the setting of the woods in the background and it felt much like the Pacific Northwest, where we call home.  We had centerpieces that had purple orchids with white candles in bubble bowls.  We also had individually wrapped moon cakes that my sister helped me wrap with our wedding logo/sticker. 

Our first dance song was Adele’s version of Love Song.

We had a photobooth at the wedding.

Our cake had purple dahlias, which are my favorite flowers.  The design of it was “rustic,” which fit in with the vibe of the wedding.

Our invitations had an arbor decorated with flowers with mountains in the background under a starry sky, which mimicked our actual wedding quite well.

Favors were moon cakes which we individually wrapped for our guests with purple ribbon.  They are a traditional dessert eaten on the Harvest Moon Festival which happened to be on the day of our wedding.

Colin and I have been through a lot together, from the major stresses of medical school and residency to that of family illness.  Through it all, Colin and I have been there for each other.  Whenever one of us feels down, the other will try to cheer him/her up.  Colin has a very silly sense of humor, and makes me laugh every day.  He makes me feel like a kid when I laugh with him.  In return, I bring both spontaneity/adventure as well as planning/organization to our lives.  We almost never fight, and when we do, we never yell at each other or say things that we will regret later.  The advice I’d have for other couples is to invest 100% of yourself in your relationship.  Don’t keep tabs on who has done what for who. It is when you can love selflessly that you receive it in return.  And when you argue, never say things that are disrespectful/condescending or that you will regret later.