Megan & Drew’s Playfully Fresh Lemon and Lime Wedding (with Ice Cream!)
Hello dear readers, thank you for sticking it out with me ’til the end of this week… and year actually since this will be my last wedding feature for 2012! Time permitting I might post a couple of year-end roundups next week… but if you don’t hear from me, don’t worry because I’m leaving you with this utterly darling celebration to tide you over ’til January. I just know you’ll adore it just as much as I do!
Megan and Drew had a colorful and playful lemon-and-lime-flavored day filled with personal DIY touches that represented who they are as a couple. They wanted a beautiful view of one of their favorite cities so they had their wedding in Oakland Zoo’s Snow Building where they said their vows in a sweet little garden decked in lemon and lime colors. A special reading of “My Personal Penguin”, a favorite book, took place after they were announced husband and wife. At the reception, hand-painted burlap banners adorned the room along with live lime trees and potted herb centerpieces which guests were allowed to take home. Each table also had crayons so guests could express themselves on the kraft paper table runners which was so cool! They served their favorite food — tacos, salad, and chips and had an ice cream station so instead of cutting cake after their first dance, the couple fed each other — you guessed it — ice cream!
Thankfully we can also witness this wonderful day thanks to the beautiful photos taken by Karey Ronnow of Orange Blossom Photography. Ready? Here we go!
Megan’s details were well thought out too: her something old — a necklace her father gave her mother when they were dating; something new — the lace Ann Taylor dress; something borrowed — the bracelet she wore; something blue — her toes and ring fingernail were painted blue. Her bright yellow shoes added a nice accent and the grooms hat added a wonderful vintage detail to the wedding.
Oh don’t you just adore how in love this couple is? Here’s a little bit about them in the bride’s own words:
We are currently living in Washington, DC, but both of us have California connections. We met online and we soon found out we had a lot in common. On our first date we talked about the lack of delicious tacos in DC (thankfully that has started to change slightly over the last few years) and planned for a second date to try a Mexican restaurant that Drew had heard about. From that point our relationship developed and our lasting connection was established. Drew is a government attorney and I work for a non profit. Drew and I knew it was important to get married in California and in Oakland specifically because that is where I am from and I wanted to highlight that fact. We choose the Oakland Zoo to demonstrate the whimsy we hold dear in our relationship. We enjoy making and eating food, spending time with friends, and walking around DC. Our life is filled with love and strength.
I love how this wedding is completely personalized. Here’s Megan to share the little touches that made their wedding uniquely their own:
It order to make our wedding more us, I made some additional pieces to make the space more personalized such as our burlap signs, had a friend’s art pieces incorporated into various parts of the setting, served tacos and ice cream (!), mixed flowers and herbs as the centerpieces, and had a dear friend read “My Personal Penguin” during the ceremony. One thing I truly take pride in is writing our own wedding ceremony, so the words that we said to one another truly reflected the commitment and promises we have made to each other. It can be overwhelming to search on the internet for wedding ceremonies but I focused on what was important to us and our lives together. Using that as a framework, I was able to create a ceremony that was uniquely us. Having a fiance who was unflappable and was always there to create the day we wanted even at 2am helped tremendously.
Their favors were hand-stamped kitchen towels — love the idea of giving favors that guests can actually use!
Such beautiful lemony wedding stationery!
Megan and Drew don’t particularly like cake so they decided to serve gourmet ice cream instead! Unique flavors and handmade cones had many guests going back for more!
How cute are these snaps?
They served tacos and salads, lemon and watermelon frescos, and Mexican wedding cake cookies — yum!
Megan shares a few parting insights and words of advice:
Early on in our engagement we discussed what was important to us and what we wanted our day to be like. This really helped us as the planning took place, because as the stress became more magnified, as it inevitably does, we were able to refer back to what was truly important to us. Planning a wedding from 3,000 miles away at times proved to be a struggle but having a really supportive family and partner made it a lot easier. My now husband and I had weekly “meetings” on Sundays to go over what we had accomplished for the week and what needed to be taken care of the following week. This really helped eliminate the unknowns and allowed us to be on the same page when it came to planning.
As much as you can when you are going through the process in the end you will marry your best friend and your partner in crime and that is what matters most of all. My husband has one thing to add — make sure you eat the food you months thinking about and paying for.
Huge thanks to Karey for sending this refreshingly unique wedding my way and congratulations to Megan & Drew! Here’s wishing you guys a blissful married life!
And on that note, happy holidays everyone! If I don’t get to post next week, I’ll definitely be back in the new year!
Photographer: Karey Ronnow of Orange Blossom Photography
Hair Stylist: Stacie Monroe’s Salon and Spa
Caterer: Market Hall Catering
Floral Designer: Lydia’s Flowers
Reception Venue: Snow Building at the Oakland Zoo
Invitation Designer: Shop Olio
Dress Designer: Ann Taylor
DJ: The Funk Float Mobile Sound Service
Specialty Foods: Ici Ice cream
Image submission via Two Bright Lights
Tags: alternative wedding venues, DIY weddings, garden weddings, handmade weddings, non-traditional weddings, outdoor weddings