On September 3rd, 2017, my lovely friends Gillian and Rafael opened their new home to host a beautiful wedding reception and housewarming gathering. The warmth and positive energy from relatives, friends, and loved ones made a beautiful space even all the more welcoming!
Everything about their celebration was beautiful: from the delicious spread of vegan food, to the vibrant wildflowers and vintage-inspired floral embroidered gown that looked like it came straight out of a faerietale dream!
It was a joy to see how so many family and friends came together to help make their day truly memorable. From helping to assemble stunning bouquets of flowers, to baking an exquisite floral-patterned raspberry chocolate cake, to creating a feast - a strong sense of love and community was present that day!
I was in awe of this exquisite floral patterned cake Leah Cohen made - it was a chocolate cake with incredible raspberry icing, topped with vibrant wildflowers! Jocelynn Ritchey carefully arranged the cake on the table, where a delicious and eye-catching feast awaited guests.
A canvas and paints had been set up, where guests were encouraged to paint whatever they wished. Of course, a painterly garden of colorful wildflowers emerged as the day went on! It was such fun to see the garden of flowers grow on the canvas throughout the day.
Everything looked right at home nestled amongst glowing garden lights on a romantic backdrop of trailing ivy. Flower girls wearing pink dresses and flower crowns searching for berries in the garden - that pretty much sums up the beauty and joy of the day!
Every detail of Gillian's home is always carefully curated and decorated in layers of lush beauty that is a delight to the senses, and resonates with vintage nostalgia, ethereal colors, quirky accents, a color-coordinated rainbow bookshelf of dreams, and a closet full of visually lush treasures you could get lost in for hours. I love Gillian's beautiful uniqueness, impeccable taste, and unapologetic love / pursuit of beauty and truth.
Who wields a hammer and starts hanging up pictures in her wedding dress? This woman right here!
Raf is a proud #1 cat dad, lover of music, and both he and Gillian are passionate individuals that care deeply for the wellbeing of other people and animals. They are both devoted activists for change. His openness and enthusiasm is inspiring, and he no doubt has helped others be more confident in gaining their own voice to be heard!
Their passion for life is contagious, and all who know them can attest that it is truly a wonderful thing that these two have joined forces in this world - a world which desperately needs more people like them who care deeply about the well-being of others, and who live life with purpose. People who have hope for the world and see what it could be, and aspire to change it to something better: Those who have not given up hope are always so desperately needed and appreciated.
It was a beautiful, memorable day that all who attended will look back upon with gladness. Cheers to you both, and may you have a lifetime of happiness!