Jodie & Lawrence: A Formal Wedding in San Francisco, CA

When Lawrence proposed to his two-year girlfriend, Jodie, he used an Easter egg hunt to pop the question. As he handed Jodie an Easter basket filled w

When Lawrence proposed to his two-year girlfriend, Jodie, he used an Easter egg hunt to pop the question. As he handed Jodie an Easter basket filled with chocolates and plastic eggs, he instructed her to open each one. After opening eight eggs or so, Jodie discovered a small tin. “Then he bent down and opened a little box and proposed with a beautiful ring!” The Bride Jodie Nakamura, 34, executive assistant The Groom Lawrence Liu, 30, accounting manager The Date March 19 For their bicultural wedding (she’s Japanese; he’s Chinese), the couple picked a celadon green and chocolate-brown color scheme and brightened things up with a cherry blossom motif.

The Favors
The traditional double happiness symbol, emblazoned on a vibrant red backdrop, added drama to the head table area. For even more ambiance, some seated guests could gaze upon the Embarcadero, a popular waterfront street in San Francisco, which appears over the bay.
The reception took place at a Chinese restaurant. The menu featured 10 different entrees, including shark-fin soup.
Jodie’s seven bridesmaids each carried bouquets of green cymbidium orchids with green hypericum berries. The bouquets were tied off with a chocolate-brown ribbon.
“Our wedding invitation was the starting point in reflecting our cultures,” says Jodie. The couple’s invites combined Japanese and Chinese elements with a colorful Japanese washi paper wrap, and featured celadon green paper and red flowers on the outside and the Chinese “double happiness” character in green on the inside. “My father-in-law asked that we not use white for our invitations as he considers it bad luck,” Jodie explains. “As a compromise, the invitations sent to our friends were tied with celadon ribbons, while his parents’ invitations were tied with red ribbons.”
Jodie and Lawrence were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony with 238 of their family and friends in attendance. “Lawrence said he knew just which church he wanted us to get married in,” Jodie says. “He took me to the church, Saints Peter and Paul, and as soon as we walked in I knew it was right too.”
Jodie’s seven bridesmaids wore celadon green, ankle-length A-line dresses. “I wanted them to be unified in their color, but I asked each of them to select a style of top that they preferred,” she says.
Jodie wore a custom-designed, ivory, A-line gown by Jin Wang. “I pointed to several dresses I saw on display in her store and she combined ideas from those -- incorporating new details like a thin halter strap -- to create my one-of-a-kind dress,” says Jodie. The gown was made of Italian silk duchesse satin with handmade covered buttons down the back of the gown.
The Reception Decor
Near the head table, 1,001 origami cranes were framed to take the shape of a red Japanese kimono decorated with a silver smoking dragon. “The Japanese fold these cranes hoping for good luck and fortune in their marriage,” Jodie explains. “Usually the cranes are formed into the shape of the family crest.” Jodie and Lawrence shaped their 1,001 cranes into a kimono to reflect Jodie’s Japanese background and added the dragon and the color red in honor of Lawrence’s Chinese heritage -- a perfect combination of both cultures.
Jodie and Lawrence’s buttercream-frosted cake was made up of three square tiers that were stacked at varying angles. Fresh cymbidium orchids and chocolate-brown hypericum berries adorned the confection, which also included two different flavors: sponge cake with white chocolate, apricot, and a hint of Grand Marnier; and dark chocolate with a hazelnut filling.
Jodie and Lawrence’s first dance song was “It Had to Be You,” by Harry Connick, Jr. The couple took swing lessons to prepare and danced with a quick-step style.