From the bride:
"Alex and I met while abroad in Italy. We were really good friends while we were on our trip and then when we came home one thing lead to another and we found that the perfect relationship stemmed from our perfect friendship. Ultimately, that’s why we wanted an Italian-inspired wedding. We spent most of our time in Italy in Sicily and felt a special tie to that area and really wanted that islands beauty to be reflected in our special day.
Since we wanted a Sicilian inspired wedding, we wanted oranges and dark blues and lots of white and natural green to balance it out. Our venue, Blanco Urban Venue, in San Jose, CA was the perfect white background that gave it a very Mediterranean feel and then we were able to build all of the color on top of that without it feeling cluttered. It is was really important to me that I had moments to connect with my husband but also with my guests and our dinner facilitated that because we had a buffet. I also really wanted each event within our schedule to be noticeably different from the others so we didn’t feel bored staying in the same place all night. Having the three stories to work with at Blanco Urban Venue made that possible. Following our Sicilian theme, we wanted Italian inspired food which is why we went with pizza and gelato. Overall, I wanted a beautiful relaxed environment when myself and my guests felt comfortable enough to mingle with everyone else. "
The couple broke their wedding day into two days. The first, we went to UC Berkley Botanical Gardens (see that blog post here) where we took the most beautiful bride/groom photos amongst the large redwood trees. After that, we headed to Oakland, CA to the Oakland LDS Temple for the couple's sealing ceremony followed by quick family photos.
The following day we met at the Blanco Urban Venue for a beautiful ring ceremony with traditional elements like her dad walking her down the aisle and an exchanging of vows. After that, cocktail hour was held in the open air space below on the second level. The food and decor was next level!
After cocktail hour we headed downstairs to the main level for pizza, gelato, and cake cutting and then back up to the second level for a live band. As you can see - the bride and groom know how to party and how to throw a party!