Ali and Ivan’s California wedding took place in October of 2019 at Riggers Loft Wine, which has a panoramic view of the bay. At any given time sailboats and huge cargo ships can be seen coasting through the water, and as the sky turns to an orange and pink dusk, the glimmer of bridge traffic and the city’s sparkle would paint across the horizon. It was the perfect location for their wedding.

The intentions behind the wedding were ceremony, gratitude, meaning and FUN! Fun is such an important part of their relationship and they believe that celebrating in fun ways with each other is incredibly fulfilling and rewarding. From the very beginning of planning their goal was to make sure that people would have fun at their wedding. Ali and Ivan were married by their relationship coach, Soniyah, who has been in their lives since they moved to Oakland, guiding them and providing love and compassion on their relationship journey .

The couple incorporated Ivan’s culture by wearing traditional Chinese wedding outfits and doing a traditional Chinese tea ceremony as an expression of their gratitude and respect to their families. Ali & her bridesmaids got ready in style in the on-site airstream trailer. All of the florals were created together with their family and friends the night before the wedding. Their friend hand-painted a banner for them which they used as a welcome sign. For dinner, they had a whole roast pig (Chinese tradition) and the Chairman Bao and Lucia’s food trucks served up fresh steamed baos and fresh-baked pizzas. Dessert was a delicious assortment of donuts from Johnny Doughnuts. The night ended with a live music DJ set and dancing by the bay with the twinkle of Bay Area lights in the distance.

“Since the first day we met, we’d been planting these seeds that we’ve tended and grown with each other. Our wedding day would be a celebration and recognition of all the effort and work: it would be our Harvest. – Ivan

Special thanks to Ali and Ivan’s wedding coordinator Two Perfect Events for sharing their love story and for the beautiful images captured by Carmen Holt.

Vendor Collaboration

Photographer: Carmen Holt @carmenholt  //  Coordinator: Two Perfect Events @twoperfectevents // Venue: Riggers Loft Wine Company @riggersloftwineco //  Food Truck 1: The Chairman @chairmantruck //  Food Truck 2: Lucias Berkeley @luciasberkeley  //  Bakery: Johnny Doughnuts @johnnydoughnuts //  DJ: Golden Bell Music @goldenbellmusic //   Photo booth: PHOTOVANIC @photovanic //  Hair Stylist/MUA: Make-up By Chelsey Kay //  Ring Designer: Seelenbacher Jewelers