Erin Zheng and Garret Ma transformed Hummingbird Nest Ranch into an autumnal wedding paradise that prominently featured elements from both Chinese and American culture. Erin and Garet opted for a harmonious union between their cultural roots in Asia and modern-day life in California, and the luxurious design for their wedding day was adorned with pink and red hues and luscious florals.
The couple found a shared career interest as they both began working in management consulting, a position requiring lots of travel. Garret has now transitioned his professional interests to lead operations at a startup, but the duo's love of travel persisted and as a nod to their explorations and consulting backgrounds, travel was a special motif found throughout wedding day details. A vintage world map made for a charming seating map, and tables paid tribute to meaningful cities from Erin and Garret's relationship.
A traditional Cantonese tea ceremony added a meaningful gathering of loved ones and the happy couple was a regal vision in “Xiu He," traditional Chinese marriage attire. Delicate embellishments and golden accents brought a true sparkle to the entire look. Garret and his groomsmen worked their way through a set of obstacles before reaching bride Erin to escort her to the ceremony. Set under a gazebo, the tea ceremony bestowed special honors on the senior members of the family and was an elegant addition to the day for both families.
Erin opted for a more traditionally Western look for the ceremony, a stunning contrast against a repurposed Chinese door that served as an elaborate floral altar. Florals were the epitome of a blended cohesion between East and West, with gold-foiled leaves and orchids intertwined with white anemones and purple ranunculus. The reception transformed the Chinese door used in the ceremony, pairing it with the modern glamour of a chandelier. The patio at Hummingbird Nest Ranch was a breathtaking beauty, offering views of California's vistas and Spanish-influenced architecture. A highlight for the couple was entering the patio as music from "La La Land" swelled and guests gave a well-earned standing ovation to the newlyweds.
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