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Kimberly & Joe: An Outdoor Wedding in Arroyo Grande, CA

  • Junshien Lau, San Jose, CA
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Kimberly’s bouquet reflected the freshness of a summer day with ivory peonies and roses, while green cymbidium orchids added a summery jolt of color.
Flowers by Denise, Templeton, CA
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The creative couple fashioned an outdoor aisle with two rows of bright orange petals scattered in the grass.
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Guests took a piece of the wedding home in the form of heart-shaped cookie cutters. Each clear box was wrapped with green and orange ribbon and the wedding’s theme, “All you need is love,” was stamped on the outside.
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Anticipating a warm California day, the bride made her own programs in the shape of fans to offer guests a way to cool off during the ceremony. The fans were adorned with the couple’s wedding day logo, a silhouette of a boy and girl on a swing, which was designed by a graphic-designer friend and chosen because the couple frequented their neighborho ...
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Keeping with the fun and casual feel of the wedding, guests blew bubbles as the bride and groom passed by at the ceremony.
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Each table card carried a fun fact about Kimberly and Joe and was placed in a bright green holder. Guests enjoyed taking a peek at each fact during the reception.
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The bride handmade the escort cards in the colors of the day. Just like the fans, the cards bore the couple’s signature silhouette logo.
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Cupcakes decorated with delicate orange flowers took the place of a traditional wedding cake. The bride and groom cut into an extra-large cupcake before each guest received their custom confections.
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The bridesmaids wore strapless, chiffon dresses in a lively orange hue. Each woman also carried a bouquet comprised of orange, ivory, and green peonies and roses.
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During the reception, the happy couple delighted guests by bringing the outdoors in. Each table was decorated with a white box filled with wheatgrass and white orchids.
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The handmade menus featured another custom logo in the chosen wedding colors.
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With a lake next to the reception site, along with lush landscaping all around, guests enjoyed a serene, natural atmosphere during the entire wedding day.
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Orange pomanders hung from shepherd’s hooks and billowing ivory organza strung across the chairs helped create an ethereal and whimsical atmosphere during the ceremony.

Kimberly & Joe in Arroyo Grande, CA

When Joe stammered, “I think I kinda like you,” during the intermission of an orchestra concert, Kimberly could only answer with a shocked “Oh!” Although they had met a year-and-a-half before, the two had only ever been close friends. But the morning before the concert, they spent time strolling around San Francisco’s Union Square, and something sparked a change. The Bride Kimberly Mak, 25, HR generalist The Groom Joe Bass, 25, field applications engineer The Date August 23 Six months later, Joe took Kimberly back to Union Square, and after dinner they met up with friends. Suddenly Joe pointed to the middle of the square and said, “What’s that over there?” Kimberly turned to see a table topped with green and white tulips (her favorite flowers) and all her friends and family seated on steps behind it. Then Joe dropped to one knee and proposed. After the proposal, Kimberly dove into planning a casual yet vibrant outdoor wedding complete with punchy pops of orange and green.
- Bethany Porter
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  • Junshien Lau, San Jose, CA
  • Flowers by Denise, Templeton, CA

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