I’m not gonna lie, Jenny and Yao’s Cafe Julia wedding in downtown Honolulu, was a celebration after my own heart.
My friends, if you have followed my work for any length of time you know I am all about the fun side of things. The scrunched noses and belly laughs, the awkward dancing and thousands of real moments that pop up throughout the day. These are the things I strive for at every wedding. The moments that show who you really are.
While this is the goal every damn time, every now and then I get clients like these two incredible human beings, where the connection is instant and it is strong. When this happens, you KNOW you are in for a great time and the rest just comes naturally.
A Little About Yao and Jenny:
This is couple is from right here in Seattle, WA, but decided to escape the cold city winters. So, they headed to the warmth of Hawaii for their Cafe Julia wedding. If this wasn’t a match made in heaven, I’m not really sure what is!
They are huge fans of goofy moments, silly dancing. While they frequent plays and musicals, their fave moments are spent chillin’ together at home with copious amounts of takeout, Netflix and their rad cat Marley.
Jenny moved to Seattle in 2013 from Puyallup, WA where she was born and raised. Yao was born in China but moved to Scotland when he was three. The pair were introduced by a mutual friend after Yao eventually moved to Seattle for work in 2013. It took three years for them to start dating. Both agree that they knew it was something special from that very first date. By 2018, they were married.
Yep, you read that right. These two lovebirds knew it was meant to be, got engaged, and organized a courthouse wedding in just THREE WEEKS! Most of Yao’s family are still in China or Japan which meant they were not able to attend on such short notice. Friends and family are some of the most important things in their lives, so the duo organized their Cafe Julia wedding as a chance celebrate together with everyone they love.
Hawaii happened to be where they went for their first vacation together and the area holds many special memories for them. The decision to host their wedding there was pretty much a no brainer.
Trust me when I say, these two were meant to be together. They are constantly making each other laugh and admit to being the couple often found giggling in the corner of most formal events.
While they were both extremely excited for their big day, they weren’t too stressed about details like cakes and decor – these two were in it for the party with all of their faves.
The Big Day
The morning was spent at the Courtyard Marriott where the bride and groom got ready in their separate rooms. From the very freakin’ start these two let their personalities run wild and I absolutely loved every minute of it. There was so much laughter, dancing, and quite a bit of swooning (at least on my part).
Jenny and Yao kept their wedding party small for their Cafe Julia wedding, with three bridesmaids and two groomsmen, and their guest list to 50 people. It was simple and it was EVERYTHING! I quickly found out that it wasn’t just Jenny and Yao who were absolutely amazeballs, but their family and friends were a party and a half.
At about 3 pm everyone headed off for the Cafe Julia wedding. This, by the way, is possibly the cutest venue ever and was perfect for the entire day. Their first looks, ceremony and reception all took place at this adorable venue. They kept the ceremony short and sweet and off we went to take advantage of the amazing archetecture surrounding the venue and capture some photographic awesomeness.
Once group shots and portraits were done we settled in for the reception. One major perk of a Cafe Julia wedding is by far the courtyard. Its intimate without being cramped, and adorable while still giving an elegant feel. Their decor was simple, bright and playful, a perfect reflection of the couple of the day. The table settings were small and intimate and the food was to die for.
Dinner turned into dancing and you better believe that this crew took FULL advantage of that dance floor.