DIY summer outdoor wedding – Hakone Gardens

Our longest wedding at Hakone Gardens has changed.

This Hakone Gardens wedding is the longest single-day Chinese wedding we’ve ever had – 16 hours. We started at 6am in Fremont, drove up to San Francisco for the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, drove down to Hakone Gardens in Saratoga for the American ceremony and reception, and ended at 10pm. Their wedding was across the entire San Francisco Bay Area. How did we even do that?

(Annie and Michael were so kind to leave us a review)

We love this wedding so much, not only because of beautiful setup they had but also their amazing personality. We asked Annie if we can call this a DIY wedding, and she said yes since all of the decoration, details, ideas were done by themselves. They went for a soft-romantic-blush theme, put together their favorite songs into CDs for guests to listen on the way home, and added bubble for the ceremony recessional. Coming up with these ideas and putting them together were not easy, but they pulled it off so well.

Another thing that we love about Annie and Michael is how patient they were. Whenever we found a good photo opp, they went all the way with us, patiently posed, and let us get the shot done right. I cannot stress enough how important patience is to make every wedding successful.

Almost forget to mention that Annie and Michael danced like crazy. Well, not that bad kind of crazy, but passionately crazy. They danced with their heart and got people dance together with them. We wished the night had lasted longer to see more of these beautiful moments.

Wedding Coordinator: Perfectly Bubbly Events

Wedding Venue: Hakone Gardens – Saratoga, CA

Caterer: Flourishing Gardens

Lighting – Magical Lighting

DJ – Big Fun DJs

Cake – La Patisserie

Make-up/Hair – Lela Nguyen

Flowers and decorations: DIY

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