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Intimate Micro-Wedding in San Clemente, California

Katherine & Nicholas had an intimate affair where each attendant played a part in their big day and payed homage to their ancestors and culture.
By: 
Emily Sweet

Katherine Liu and Nicholas Schiavi wed in an intimate ceremony with close friends and family in attendance‭. ‬Like many other couples‭, ‬Katherine and Nicholas decided to postpone their wedding because of the pandemic‭. ‬Making the most of the extra planning time‭, ‬the couple took the opportunity to collect table decorations and handmade items‭, ‬such as guest books and programs‭, ‬that would‭ ‬make their event meaningful‭. ‬With an original guest list of more than 80‭ ‬now cut down to 12‭, ‬nearly everyone in attendance participated in some aspect of the wedding‭. ‬From Nicholas’‭ ‬brother serving as DJ to Katherine’s young nephews playing the role of ring bearers‭, ‬the entire day brought guests into the wedding activities‭. ‬The couple intentionally planned to hold their big day outside‭, ‬with a leisurely pace in mind‭, ‬allowing guests a chance to mingle‭, ‬explore the property and eat whenever they felt inclined‭. ‬Florals were kept to a minimum to emphasize the immense beauty of Casa Romantica‭. ‬Gold was a theme of the wedding‭, ‬found in rings‭, ‬votives‭, ‬the cake stand and bridal accessories‭. ‬In a unique touch‭, ‬Katherine created anniversary books for her guests‭, ‬a booklet in which they could write messages to the couple to rediscover on their future anniversaries‭. ‬In a nod to her heritage‭, ‬Katherine’s mother also arranged all the decorative items on the tables into sets of 10‭, ‬a lucky number in Chinese culture‭. ‬In a sweet moment that paid tribute to Nicholas’‭ ‬grandparents‭, ‬he and Katherine re-created a photo of the grandparents on their own wedding day‭, ‬sitting in a car at the golden‭ ‬hour‭. ‬For Katherine and Nicholas‭, ‬being able to spend time with all their loved ones was a highlight of the event‭, ‬and the creative couple kept the wedding’s relaxed air by ending the evening with quality time spent over coffee and cake‭. ‬

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