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July
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2018
Kara & Daniel

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Kara and Daniel met in high school when she interviewed him for the school newspaper. One could say it was an act of fate, except she had definitely seen him around school, thought he was cute and made sure she was the writer assigned to talk to him. After the interview she went home and told her mom “I’m going to marry him!” That was the start of a friendship that later led to many many dates and adventures, protests, gluttonous consumption of wine, beer, and desserts, and TWO Beyonce concerts. After eight or nine years of dating, (it’s hard to figure out when your relationship actually started when you were both VERY awkward, inarticulate teenagers at the time,) Daniel handed Kara a copy of their high school newspaper with the words “Will You Marry Me?” typed out in bold across the front page. Kara was not shocked because Daniel is bad at secrets, but she was happy and after confirming that he was actually sure he wanted to marry HER, she decided she was also down.

The wedding was truly a labor of love, though there were only two official members of the wedding party (Kara’s brother and Daniel’s sister). Almost every part of the wedding was generated from the creativity and care of our closest friends and family. The wedding was held at the historic 16th Street Train Station in Oakland, which meant we got 100% character and 0% electricity. Almost every corner of the building was draped in candles and we ran everything else from a generator. We really wanted to make sure that everyone felt like family so our place cards were cootie catchers with “get to know you” questions and each table battled one another in trivia, culminating in an epic dance battle tie-breaker. Our amazing squad, which we called our Board of Directors, wore neutral tones and blues to compliment the space and our the decor was mostly understated with pops of purple for fun. Two aunts made amazing floral arrangements to match the quirky classy vibe. The backdrop of the ceremony was giant lustrous paper flowers made by a friend. Another friend made vegan cupcakes and we bought donuts from our favorite neighborhood spot. Another friend who is an amazing craft cocktail maker set up an herbal infusion station to pair with spirits. To match the graffiti on the exterior of the building, our guest book was cartoon depictions of us (also drawn by a friend) that our guests could sign. Our servers were even the bride’s brother’s best friends; easily the most handsome waitstaff ever assembled. Daniel is a social worker and Kara is on the board for a diversity focused non-profit called The Mosaic Project, Kara is Black and Daniel is Jamaican/White/Assyrian, thus we really wanted our wedding to reflect the diversity of our city and our community. However, what really made our wedding special was that it was filled with the love that so many put into it… and because it turns out herbal gin infusions make awesome social lubricant.

Wedding Team
Wedding Vibe
July
14
2018
Kara & Daniel

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VIDEO
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Kara and Daniel met in high school when she interviewed him for the school newspaper. One could say it was an act of fate, except she had definitely seen him around school, thought he was cute and made sure she was the writer assigned to talk to him. After the interview she went home and told her mom “I’m going to marry him!” That was the start of a friendship that later led to many many dates and adventures, protests, gluttonous consumption of wine, beer, and desserts, and TWO Beyonce concerts. After eight or nine years of dating, (it’s hard to figure out when your relationship actually started when you were both VERY awkward, inarticulate teenagers at the time,) Daniel handed Kara a copy of their high school newspaper with the words “Will You Marry Me?” typed out in bold across the front page. Kara was not shocked because Daniel is bad at secrets, but she was happy and after confirming that he was actually sure he wanted to marry HER, she decided she was also down.

The wedding was truly a labor of love, though there were only two official members of the wedding party (Kara’s brother and Daniel’s sister). Almost every part of the wedding was generated from the creativity and care of our closest friends and family. The wedding was held at the historic 16th Street Train Station in Oakland, which meant we got 100% character and 0% electricity. Almost every corner of the building was draped in candles and we ran everything else from a generator. We really wanted to make sure that everyone felt like family so our place cards were cootie catchers with “get to know you” questions and each table battled one another in trivia, culminating in an epic dance battle tie-breaker. Our amazing squad, which we called our Board of Directors, wore neutral tones and blues to compliment the space and our the decor was mostly understated with pops of purple for fun. Two aunts made amazing floral arrangements to match the quirky classy vibe. The backdrop of the ceremony was giant lustrous paper flowers made by a friend. Another friend made vegan cupcakes and we bought donuts from our favorite neighborhood spot. Another friend who is an amazing craft cocktail maker set up an herbal infusion station to pair with spirits. To match the graffiti on the exterior of the building, our guest book was cartoon depictions of us (also drawn by a friend) that our guests could sign. Our servers were even the bride’s brother’s best friends; easily the most handsome waitstaff ever assembled. Daniel is a social worker and Kara is on the board for a diversity focused non-profit called The Mosaic Project, Kara is Black and Daniel is Jamaican/White/Assyrian, thus we really wanted our wedding to reflect the diversity of our city and our community. However, what really made our wedding special was that it was filled with the love that so many put into it… and because it turns out herbal gin infusions make awesome social lubricant.

Wedding Team
Wedding Vibe