When Sylva first emailed me about working together, I pretty much got weak in the knees. Their wedding plans sounded amazeballs (dead-end retro block party!). But the truth is that it went so far beyond plans and details, our connection. Sylva and Lujia share some of my most significant core priorities. They believe in adventure, too. They believe in community. They believe in putting good out into the world. They believe in the real, genuine, authentic and wonderful imperfections of life. And they make my heart melt with how totally in love they are. I don’t honestly know if I can represent the joy I felt in reading that first email, as they said all the words that make my heart soar, the ideas that I deeply believe in, and the very reason I so wholeheartedly believe in marriage. Her words:
As you can guess from the block party plan, we’re working hard to make sure our budget matches our values so that we spend on things we really care about and don’t drop dollahs just because something is “standard wedding procedure”. We’re blessed to be a part of several truly beautiful communities, so there are a lot of areas where we know our friends will joyfully provide services that others have to pay for. Since our wedding is going to be a collaborative project, it makes sense to me to spend the largest part of our budget capturing the bonds formed and strengthened as we create a special moment together and celebrate this commitment to a relationship that will be about supporting one another and creating a welcoming home where we can give more and do more as a team than we could by ourselves.
I just swoon. I just really, really swoon. So, that brings us to this warehouse and seaside adventure where they brought out the silliest sides of each other.
We started our adventure at the 828 Events warehouse and wedding venue in Point Loma. Sylva and Lujia giggled under the string lights, chased each other around traffic cones, and busted some killer dance moves. Like, dance moves that make even me—resident wild-ass dance maniac—impressed.
Once they’d worked up a serious appetite we pitstopped for delicious Sprinkles cupcakes on our way to Torrey Pines, where they raced each other through the magic natural wonder, throwing paper airplanes, exploring the trails and snuggling up a storm. Their infectious giddiness and their ridiculous behaviors led us back down to the beach at sunset to dig their toes in the sand, and kick up some waves. It was a mystic and moody grey day, but just before leaving the clouds spread into a cotton candy colored sky full of magic and mystery and silly colors. So these two raced back to the water’s edge. Joy, joy, joy. I love the magic that pours from their hearts and I cannot wait for this wedding.