I don't even know where to start! This wedding was so fun and unique on so many levels. Lori and Matt got married in Watsonville at the Pemo Oso Ling Tibetan Retreat, its this beautiful venue located in the thick of the redwoods. I have now been at this venue several times, and it just doesn't get old!
What I love about Lori is that although her life has lead her to the mainlands, her heart is still attached to Hawaii... and for those of you who know me, know I share a similar story. Lori was born and raised on Oahu and it wasn't until she moved over here to attend Stanford University did her life take her on a journey that would lead her to the love of her life, Matt.
Lori and Matt brought a little bit of Hawaii to their wedding through all their beautiful flowers: plumeria bouquets, orchid boutineers, and tuba rose lei's. She had me there:) Nothing like the smell of a tuba rose to bring back all your childhood memories of the islands. After their beautiful ceremony the bride and groom entered into their reception with grand force, from one side of the party comes running out tuba players, drummers, saxophones, etc. and on the other side the bride and groom merge themselves into the festivities of the STANFORD MARCHING BAND... or at least those that were in the band during their college years. They played three songs where Lori and Matt shared in the instrument playing to band leader... My mouth was dropped wide open and my finger was stuck on the trigger.... it was AMAZING!
It was a wonderful reception that included heartfelt toasts, a live band, and two very personalized performances by Matt and Lori. The first was a jam session with Matt and his old band mates and the second was a hula dance performed by Lori and then later joined in by Matt. Beautiful! All in all, I have to say this one goes down in the books as another favorite of mine! Loved it!