Sandhya and Sean decided to get married the simple way! These two beautiful, down-to-earth humans chose to celebrate their recent intimate City Hall ceremony with an outdoor reception at the Huckleberry site of Roberts Regional Recreation Area, a beautiful East Bay redwood park just east of Oakland. The perfect setting for an outdoor Bay Area wedding reception surrounded by about 50 closest friends and family.
The Concord couple met at work and ended up becoming friends for 10 years, while they were still with other partners. They were together for 2 years before Sean popped the question.
As it was a second marriage for both of them, they favored simple and relaxed as the themes of the day, and avoided many of the typical wedding day traditions. They both had bigger weddings the first time around, so it made sense to keep things intimate and non-traditional.
The picnic, catered by Simple Elegance in Danville, was such a hit. Great food, great times, surrounded by some of the tallest and most sweet-smelling trees. The weather cooperated beautifully!
Lawn games were set up so guests of all ages could try their hand and be entertained in between munching on the delicious buffet and yummy cakes.
The couple had decided on a “loose Star Wars theme”, with matching t-shirts proclaiming ‘Married we just were’. The theme continued with galactic tablecloths.
The casual approach to their wedding reception meant the day felt like a great party with none of the stuffiness of usual wedding festivities like strict timelines and guests dressed up to the nines. It was more of a ‘come as you are’ kind of feel.
Sandhya and Sean fed each other cupcakes (not quite the traditional wedding cake cutting, but a nod to it!) and they had a guestbook set up and advice cards to collect guests’ pearls of wisdom!
They paid table visits to each group during the buffet meal, spending a few minutes and sharing a few laughs + selfies with each group that had come out to celebrate with them.
Congratulations, Sandhya and Sean!
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