There were many beautiful and unique touches in Gail and Gilbert’s multicultural wedding celebration!

Blending of Cultures

Many cranes, delicately hanging from the ceiling or placed upon the tables, acknowledged Gail’s Japanese heritage.

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The bride was escorted by her daughter, as luminaries lined the aisle and cranes floated from the ceiling.

Gail was escorted down the aisle by her beautiful daughter, Alexa, who greeted Gilbert by presenting him with a lei.

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Alexa presented Gilbert with a special lei.

Early in the ceremony Alexa, a competitive dancer, performed a beautiful hula to honor those dear ones who have passed on.

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Alexa dances the hula in honor of those who have passed on.

 

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Alexa’s beautiful hula dance.

This followed a simple placement of orchids on the chairs bearing tokens representing Gail’s father (his dog tags and a pocket watch) and Gilbert’s parents (a trumpet and a red car).

Ceremony Details

Prayer and scripture were important parts of the ceremony to honor Gail and Gilbert’s Christian faith, and the fact that they met at church!

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A quiet moment of prayer.

Their personal vows were heartfelt and beautiful.

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“Our time together is valuable to me. We cannot be sure of the time we have together. So, let my heart do all it may to make valuable memories. This we can be sure of, we will not pass this way again. Let us be thankful for today, for today we love.”

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“I look forward to what adventures lie ahead of us, and we will make the most of each day from this day forward…laughing, loving and learning as much as we can ’til death do us part…and then for all of eternity. I will love you today and forever. “

And in keeping with their delightful sense of humor, the concluding blessing was a reading from Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh the places you’ll go!”

Even the location of their celebration was unique. Their AirBNB, located in the Arden Arcade (Sacramento) area, was owned by a music lover who had frequented the now-defunct Tower Records.

This especially pleased Gilbert who told me “My happy place is when the band has a great groove going and I can soar on top of the groove. [I’ve] played trumpet for more than fifty years.”

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Framed posters of classic musical groups were found throughout the house.

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“Hearing your laugh for the first time I knew it was the kind of laugh a man could listen to for a lifetime. “

 

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Newlywed kiss!

Team of Wedding Professionals

All of the above photos were taken by Photographer: Allison Stahl Studios (She’s amazing!)

Flowers: Royal Florists

Catering:  Blessing Catering

Desserts: Freeport Bakery

Music: Expertly handled by Gilbert’s son Andres