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A Casual Wedding in Santa Cruz, CA

  • Kali Kraum Photography, San Francisco, CA
    The bride’s father’s garden, Santa Cruz, CA
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Leila & Aaron in Santa Cruz, CA
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Leila has always loved the look of big, fluffy dahlias, so she knew she wanted them in her bouquet. And their orange color was perfect! The florist added orange mini calla lilies and a few orange orchids to give the bouquet more depth.
Lina Floral, Santa Cruz, CA
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Leila and Aaron named each table after a Latin country, such as Cuba, Brazil, and Mexico. They had a card printed for each table, listing which guests would sit at each, and strung them with orange ribbon.
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Opting for long dining tables, the couple picked low centerpieces to place along the brown table runners. The arrangements had either bright orange or bright pink dahlias wrapped in banana leaves, and stemless orange orchids were scattered down the center of the table as well.
Lina Floral, Santa Cruz, CA
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The couple’s friend, a graphic designer, worked with them to create a custom logo that was included at the top of the orange and pink menu cards.
Rachel Long, Santa Cruz, CA
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Leila’s childhood friend, a pastry chef, offered to make the couple’s wedding cake. She made it in Oregon (where she lives) and drove it down to decorate on-site. Fresh orange dahlias provided a dramatic contrast to the smooth fondant.
Julie Hogle, Eugene, OR
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Leila & Aaron in Santa Cruz, CA

Aaron was bartending when he noticed Leila out with her friends during one of the bar’s comedy nights. When Leila’s friends returned the next week, Aaron introduced himself and told them he’d like to meet Leila. Leila’s sister said it wouldn’t be anytime soon because Leila was applying to physician assistant school. Nine months later, on New Year’s Day, Leila and that same group of friends were hungry, but all their favorite restaurants were closed—except for the one where Aaron worked. Luckily, Aaron was bartending that day as well. When he saw Leila, he made a beeline for her. After a few drinks, Aaron offered to cook dinner for Leila and her friends. They accepted, and a week later he prepared a five-course meal at Leila’s sister’s house. Aaron and Leila started dating after that. The Bride Leila Kramer, 36, a physician assistant The Groom Aaron Alden, 39, a wine/beer buyer The Date October 11 Two and half years into their relationship, the couple drove to Alamo Square Park in the rain and while walking beneath a big umbrella, Aaron dropped to one knee and proposed. They spent the next six months planning a wedding with a Spanish—slash—Cuban theme based on Leila’s love for the culture’s food and music
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • Kali Kraum Photography, San Francisco, CA
  • The bride’s father’s garden, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Lina Floral, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Rachel Long, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Julie Hogle, Eugene, OR

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