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Colorful Bay Area wedding: Christine + Fred

January 22, 2013
Amy Kuschel wedding dress

It’s always fun to see the wedding of high school sweethearts, isn’t it? Well, Christine + Fred aren’t that couple. In fact, they’ve got those couples beat. They met in kindergarten (awe)! So yeah, their wedding was kind of a big deal for all their friends and family (and pup, Miles), that have been dying to see them tie the knot. As Creative Director of the new social marketplace, Luvocracy + one of the most followed pinners on Pinterest, you can just imagine how much fun she had planning her wedding. It included elements of everything they love. From their family dogs to their Latin culture. It was the perfect love story captured beautifully by Feather & Stone Photography.

Kate Spade necklace and Cat Bird wedding rings Miles the dog

That’s Miles, their handsome little pup with the cutest little underbite. You better believe he was in the wedding… and wearing a tuxedo!

Amy Kuschel ruffled wedding dress Kate Spade gold necklace dog and bride portraits Kate Spade gold sparkle bow wedding heels

Love a gal in gold sparkly Kate Spade heels!

the first look groom's pink bow tie and miniature yellow rose boutonniere Amy Kuschel belted ruffle wedding dress chunky coral bridesmaid necklaces Sweet Peas, Dahlias, Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Dusty Miller and Geraniums

The bridesmaid bouquets weren’t as grand as Christine’s, but just as pretty with Sweet Peas, Dahlias, Garden Roses, Ranunculus, Dusty Miller and Geraniums.

beige groom's suit and blue groomsmen suits Ranunculus, Peonies, Freesia, Dahlias, Poppy Pods, Brunia, and smoke

Christine wanted a ton of color and lots of texture in her bridal bouquet, and her floral designer, Kiana Underwood of Tulipina really pulled it off by creating a bouquet with Ranunculus, Peonies, Freesia, Dahlias, Poppy Pods, Brunia, and smoke (the fuzzy stuff).

rose petal lined aisle for an outdoor wedding ceremony Bay Area outdoor wedding ceremony

My husband and I grew up together, so we’ve been listening to music together for a long time. We’re big fans of 90’s R&B (the kind of music we slow-danced to at the many high school dances we went to together), so we had a couple of friends play an acoustic guitar version “All My Life” by K-Ci and Jojo at the start of the ceremony while our wedding party was coming down the aisle. They then transitioned into “Just Like Heaven” by the Cure when it was my turn to walk down. It truly was just like heaven! At the end of the ceremony, we all walked out to “Today” by The Smashing Pumpkins.

Amy Kuschel ruffled wedding dress dog designed escort cards Bay Area outdoor wedding mariachi band picnic-style reception tables and colorful paper lanterns framed dog picture table numbers and colorful florals

My husband and I both come from a family of serious dog lovers. Between us, we have 15 dogs in our family! Each table was named after one of our family dogs and the place cards had their photos along with a little dog quote for a bit of pooch personality.

colorful wild flowers and silver bottle vases bow tie and heart accents vibrant yellow and red flowers and lemons sweet pastries and chalkboard menu sign

Mmm, a pan dulce dessert table (and mariachi, of course) is the sweetest way to bring in some Latin culture.

fruit branch arrangement wedding poster for guests to sign

I used lyrics from one of our favorite songs (Mint Car by The Cure) to create a personal poster that we were excited to hang in our home after the wedding.

flower-designed wedding cake paper lantern lighting colorful paper lantern lighting Ban.do pink feather hair piece

Christine’s bit of wedding day advice:

Step away from everything with your groom for at least 15 minutes at some point on your wedding day. Take in that moment, look at each other, and privately celebrate the fact that you’re about to start the rest of your lives together. They may just be the best 15 minutes of your day.

Congratulations Christine + Fred!

Photography: Feather and Stone / Venue: Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate in Oakland / Floral Designer: Tulipina / Caterer: Wild Thyme Catering / DJ: Mel Corpus / Tables and Chairs: Zephyr Tents / Bride’s Dress: Amy Kuschel / Bride’s and Grooms Wedding Rings: Cat Bird / Brides Shoes and Jewelry: Kate Spade / Reception Dress: Bebe / Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan at Nordstrom / Bridesmaids Necklaces: Bauble Bar / Hair Accessories: ban.do / Groom’s Bow Tie and Groomsmen’s Ties: General Knot / Dog Tuxedo Vest: Poochie Heaven