Patricia and Mike met at San Francisco's Oktoberfest, then got engaged at Oktoberfest in Munich. Naturally, they wanted to bring their love of the festival to their wedding, so they set up a “Beer Garden” at their venue, the beautiful Victorian-era Farmhouse Mansion in Bernal Heights. Each of the guests received a custom glass beer mug etched with a design Mike created, and the groomsmen and officiant received hand-engraved wooden beer mugs with their nicknames! Mike is a professional designer, so he crafted their beautiful invitations, a newsletter – “Oktoberbuds” – that included the ceremony program and reception seating chart, and the coasters at each place setting. The Chinese character logo he used was a reflection of his and Patricia's Chinese and Taiwanese heritage. Patricia's DIY skills came into play with all the incredible chalk signage. At the “Willkommen” sign, guests were invited to pick up the iPad, snap a photo through Instagram, then tag it #oktoberbuds!
A close friend of theirs officiated under a large redwood tree with twinkly lights overhead, while Patricia and Mike read their hand-written vows. After the ceremony, the couple's guests were invited to play a game of Quarters. The reception was filled with great food, lots of heartfelt toasts from family and friends, a special video from Mike to Patricia, tasty cake and pies, and then dancing the night away upstairs – all beautifully captured by Sonya Yruel Photography.
We met at an Oktoberfest celebration in San Francisco and got engaged 5 years later at the official Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. We loved how the festival brought together friends and family, young and old, toasting beers in the sunshine, and we hoped to evoke some of that spirit into our wedding day. We hope our guests had as much fun as we did. PROST! – Patricia