So excited to share this one! As more and more couples opt to have less traditional weddings by including only the traditions that are meaningful to them or changing existing ones to reflect who they are, I’m find it so helpful to ask the couples directly about their experience.
Mattie and Jared share their experience with planning a nontraditional wedding at El Rio, a bar in the Mission in San Francisco.
I met up with them at Proper Hotel for a some family portraits and quick couples portraits.
While we waited for our ride to El Rio, Mattie and Jared transferred their vows from phone / head to paper.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
M&J: “Our ceremony. We don’t often stop and lock eyes with our partners and tell them how deeply we love them. This is a moment not to miss and the vulnerability it requires is worth it. Sharing our vows was intimate, sweet and irreplaceable.”
MJ’s Brass Boppers played immediately following their ceremony for a loud New Orleans party that eventually ended up with a parade down Mission Street, stopping traffic (for just a few seconds).
Mattie and Jared also included the cutting of the cake with the family sword!
M&J: “We created the environment and our friends and family brought the love, the words, and the energy that made our wedding so special.
People have remarked that the wedding felt like "us." This means the world to us and proves that you can do what you want for a wedding, it just takes some intentional decisions.”