In our first year together, Liv knew she was in this for life. She procured a ring from an important family member and asked if Ash would marry her. The answer was yes, but with the caveat that Ash was “SO not ready,” and that when she was, she would re-propose.
Four years later, she was!
Ash planned an elaborate adventure day out on the beautiful Northern California coast, complete with nature romps and some explorations of curious places from their favorite off-the-beaten-path travel guide: Atlas Obscura. The day ended with a romantic Tarot spread – rose petals, candles, and a ring in the middle.
After this, life continued on as it does, but we didn’t make any official wedding plans.
Flash forward to 2018, Ash traveled back to Nepal for the third anniversary of the 2015 earthquake that she had actually been caught in years before. While alone again for a few weeks, Ash recalls, “All I could think about was my love and wanting to commit so fully to our life together.” Once Liv joined her for their joint adventure through Nepal & northern India, over the course of many long & plentiful bus rides, we talked about finally making it happen. During the last couple days of this trip, we spontaneously got tattoos and found stunning diamond rings (at the only diamond store in Nepal!) that perfectly matched each other’s new tattoos (to our sweet & utter surprise!) We returned home, loving each other even more deeply & stoked to finally plan our dream wedding!
PLANNING THE WEDDING
We really feel at home in the redwoods. There’s something so special & magical about being with those giant trees – and we camp & travel often, so we wanted our wedding to be an adventure! Ash never went to summer camp as a kid, so we decided what better way to celebrate our love & our community than by a giant camping trip together over a few days!
We found the wonderful folks at Camp Harmon and simply fell in love with the people, the place, the purpose… everything! (We adore the fact that the camp’s main goal is to provide an accessible camp experience for ALL campers, specifically folks who may have difficulties navigating other camp set-ups!)
While our dream was to invite our loved ones to end the summer together, with a giant summer camp adventure, we also wanted an ethereal vibe – light & airy, classy yet whimsical & playful. We wanted reverence & beauty for the ceremony, but then to dance & party all night! (All of which was accomplished!)
Most of our wedding was DIY! We rented a few key pieces – like some furniture & tableware – but all the decor was DIY, the favors were DIY, some of the lighting was DIY…!! (Liv even tried to build 25 farm tables by hand, alone, until Ash & Liv’s mom talked her out of it after table #4!)
We planned this event for over a year, which helped us get everything together before the big day, & we had wonderful family & friends who helped us put it all together once we got to camp! (And for the ceremony – we hired a “day-of coordinator” to oversee that everything we’d planned for actually came to fruition!)
THE WEDDING DAY
We laugh about our wedding being a 4-day festival in the forest, but it really was! Our close friends & family arrived Thursday & other guests began arriving Friday. We used those days to set up the space & enjoy our time together. Then, the ceremony was Saturday afternoon & afterward, we danced/partied the night away!
The ceremony was beautiful – light & ethereal, under the redwoods in the late summer afternoon sun. We joyfully danced the line between reverence & play – having our “Bride Tribe” walk in to Lizzo’s “Good as Hell” to really set the energy & pump us up. But we also had a smudging ceremony as all of our “Bride Tribe” walked on stage, and we walked in together, from opposite sides of the ceremony/chapel deck, to an almost hauntingly beautiful, slower song by Oh Wonder: “Technicolour Beat.” The mood was one of definite joy but also of spiritual reverence.
We participated in a brief cacao ceremony with our officiant during the marriage ceremony, utilizing meaningful rituals that had been intentional & spiritual experiences for us previously – a strong foundation from which to begin our new chapter as wives.
The after-party involved a kick-ass cocktail hour with camp activities, games, & the cutest mobile cocktail bar trailer! Then a stunning long-table dinner with the most beautiful, heartfelt, & humorous toasts/speeches was enjoyed before dancing the night away on the ceremony/chapel deck, outside under the stars & the redwoods, enveloped in candlelight.
After hours involved a silent disco & late-night cuddle dome hang in the middle of the woods. Sunday morning, we all had brunch & packed everything up again together. It was perfect, so sweet, & thoroughly magical.
Marriage, to us, means committing to doing this life together. It’s being there for one another through all of life’s experiences – both the sweet moments & the challenging trials. It’s saying, “I’m here for you. You have a home in me.” It’s creating a life together, a home, a family (even if that’s just us & our cats). It’s making each other & our relationship a priority. It’s knowing we’re not alone; that someone has your best interest in mind. That you are loved. That you are safe. That someone cares for you when everything else is uncertain.
Photographer Tiffany Michele Photography
Bar Service A Lil Somethin’ Sweet
Bridal Boutique Garnet & Grace
Cake A Lil Somethin’ Sweet
Catering Tammie’s Sweet Kitchen
Celebrant Jennifer Kang (friend of the brides)
Desserts Tammie’s Sweet Kitchen
Day-of-Coordination Danzante Events
Engagement Rings Shree Balaji Diamond
Furniture Hire View Point Events; AM Party Rentals; Stuart Event Rentals
Gown Designer Allure Bridals
Makeup Kimberly Simon
Venue Camp Harmon
Wedding Rings Chelsea Oz Jewelry