With the wealth of beautiful weddings shared online, one can easily forget how private, personal and special that moment is. We’re allowed to poke through the couple’s pictures, comment on the most intimate details of the day and feel as if we were actually guests at the ceremony. Despite all of this apparent access to their big day, I still feel lucky each time someone chooses to share pieces of their wedding with anyone online. And today I feel incredibly honored to share this touching video of April Powell and Jeremy Crantek’s elopement in San Francisco — not only because they chose to work with Studio Choo for their flowers, but because this video feels so genuine and personal that it’s hard to watch without tearing up.
Shortly after April and Jeremy’s engagement, they started to plan a small wedding in Tennessee. Within three months of planning, the wedding had quadrupled in size and budget because of outside pressures. Distressed about the progression of things, April and Jeremy looked at each other and said, “What are we doing?” After discussing how they envisioned marrying each other, they sent out an email with the subject title, “Reclaiming Our Wedding 2010.”
After that, April says there was only one right way — just the two of them. So they flew to Los Angeles, rented a car, spent three days driving up Highway 1 and got married on a Monday in San Francisco. In planning, there were a few elements that were important to them: the flowers, the video (shot by Britt Simmons, to be shared with friends and family) and making sure to keep it simple. If anything stressed them out for over 20 minutes, they decided to just let it go.
On Monday they woke up, ordered room-service, drank mimosas, got dressed, jumped in a car, picked up the flowers (from the Studio Choo girls!), then the cake and were married by noon. As they exited the City Hall, Jeremy surprised April by hiring a guitarist to play their first dance on the sidewalk. Then they had lunch at a small bistro near Golden Gate Park and spent the day exploring. April explained, “By 6, we were back at our beautiful hotel suite ordering Indian food delivery. The day was full of romance and spontaneity, and all day, we were wrapped up in the simple ease of it all. Perfect.” I couldn’t imagine a more perfect day and I feel so lucky to have witnessed part of this in the video above. (And I love Rogue Wave‘s amazing rendition of Buddy Holly’s “Everyday”.) I hope everyone can experience this sort of feeling in their lives; it is so special and, for me, is the perfect way to bring this week to a close.
AC and I are heading into Manhattan for a weekend “stay-cation” to celebrate our seven-year (dating) anniversary, so I couldn’t resist ending today on a sweet note. Thank you so much to April and Jeremy for sharing their day with us. Here’s wishing you all a wonderful weekend and lots of love. xo, grace
Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:
- New Column! Sights & Sounds: Carson Ellis & The Decemberists (about the relationship between music and art)
- New City Guide: Aspen, Colorado
- Biz Ladies: How to Handle Contract Issues
- Living In: The Last of the Mohicans
- Sneak Peeks: Stacey Sargent of Love and Photographs, Best of: White Living Rooms
- DIY Projects: Bushel Basket Lamp from Erica Domesek, Ashley’s Vintage Tin Candles
- Before & Afters: Sarah’s Dining Room, Jamie + Brad’s Kitchen Tables, Molly’s Sofa + Lisa’s Dog House
- Under $100: Fluffy, Shiny, Toasty and Cozy
- Before & After Basics: Dealing with Veneer Issues
- Simply Color: Kim Cornelison
- In the Kitchen With: Nikole Herriott’s Onion and Thyme Buns Recipe
- Small Measures: Community Supported Fiber (CSF)
- Sewing 101: Wool Throw
- We Like It Wild: Goodbye Dahlia (an ode to a beautiful summer flower)
- New Products We Love: Hello Handmade Four Season Calendar, New: Jonathan Adler Bedding, Zip It!, Amy Marcella 2011 Wall Calendar, Morning (minimal) Eye Candy: John + Juli’s House, Re-Vinyl Clocks, Bird for Bread Studio, Cire Trudon, 2011 Market Calendar + Art Licensing Resource, Minka Trailer, Flora & Fauna of the Pacific Northwest Calendar, Anchor Typeface poster