I first met Ali and Alex over drinks at The Drake Commissary back in May. After spending a couple of hours talking and laughing over drinks I knew these people were my kind of people. They decided to say their vows at Airship37 on a very warm day in July. Airship37 is located on the outer edge of the Distillery District and is a modern, urban oasis. With a few DIY touches courtesy of Ali's mom, the ceremony space became uniquely theirs.
During their ceremony, Ali and Alex performed a rose giving ceremony with their mom's as well as a lighting of a unity candle with each other. All the thought and meaning they put into the small details of their ceremony really made it a personal and memorable experience. Alex's mother, Grandmother and a couple of other close relatives flew in from Italy to be there to witness their vows. Ali's side was also a very close knit family which includes two little nieces, one even being the miniature version of Ali with the same hairdo and flowers to match. Seeing the strong bonds between each and every family member, on both sides, was really heartwarming and inspiring.
We spent the rest of the evening celebrating the love between Ali and Alex and soaking the the gorgeous sunset that lit up the sky. After a secluded slow dance under the string lights, Ali and Alex partied hard into the night, but no without a couple of very sweet dances between Alex and his Grandmother. Ali and Alex put together a intimate and simple wedding day where they were able to share a very meaningful day with their closest.
Second Shooter - Brian B. Bettencourt of 3B Photography
Makeup Artist - Angela Xuereb
Hairstylist - Ashley Shantz Bridal
Wedding Dress - Madison James
Bridesmaid Dresses - Vera Wang Collection
Groom's Suit - Freeman Floral
Florist - Quince Flowers
Coordinator - Derek Drapala
Venue / Catering - Airship37 (Berkeley Events)