On a cloudy evening in Cabo San Lucas, Chris prepared a picturesque setting on the beach outside the Westin Resort. He had a small light placed in the ring box so Kristin could distinguish the beauty of the ring they designed together. Before they could join, rain appeared and the evening’s events were quickly moved inside. Showers did not delay their engagement. Chris proposed, Kristin accepted and the date was set.
Their May 2, 2010 wedding was not a casual affair. Kristin had a uncanny ability for event planning and design, which would not go unnoticed at their formal wedding. No expense was spared in joining this couple in love. Kristin helped with every decision, meticulously planning every detail down to the linens, centerpieces, floral arrangements, menu, place cards and gowns.
They chose a venue near Fresno with a lake view. Their ceremony was held in a garden setting with wisteria vines climbing the arbor. The bridesmaids wore strapless black mermaid style gowns, while Kristin graced the aisle wearing a strapless lace gown with a sweetheart neckline. Unbeknownst to the guests, Kristin was also wearing a Tarina Tarantino Hello Kitty garter given to her by Chris.
As they exchanged vows, Kristin and Chris could not contain their happiness, as they both eagerly said, “I do” and Chris kissed his bride. The reception was custom and sophisticated. Guests all signed a magnum bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that the couple plans to open on their anniversary. To capture individual congratulatory greetings from their guests, they video taped live messages. Kristin made sure every guest had a personalized name card and menus at each setting.
White lights adorned the outdoor venue overlooking the lake, and Kristin recalls that moment as, “everything I wanted, it was my dream wedding with the perfect man.”
The dancing started and Kristin and her maids retreated to one of the guest cottages. When they returned, the maids zipped off the bottom half of their floor length gowns to reveal shorter, dance worthy dresses. Kristin expressed her modern twist with an ostrich feather cocktail dress as her reception attire. The couple returned to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for their honeymoon in a luxury beachfront villa.
Once the couple returned from their tropical getaway, the wedding duties were not over yet. They had yet to celebrate the family tradition of a Chinese wedding. Kristin’s new mother-in-law was thrilled to give the new couple everything they wanted.
A traditional red, gold and silver Chinese Kwa couture gown was made for Kristin for their ceremony and a hot pink Cheongsam gown for her reception. The details continued with custom-designed red silk envelopes with gold paper inserts, guests were entertained by the lion dancers from the Beijing Olympics, orchids shipped from Thailand adorned the tables and they gifted their guests with personalized gold chopsticks.
Having endured two wedding ceremonies, two receptions, four wedding dresses and over 300 guests, Dr. and Mrs. Christian Safien now peacefully reside in Fresno, Ca.
Photography::Stephanie Baker Photography
Venues::American Wedding at Wolf Lakes and the Chinese Wedding at Hong Kong Flower Lounge Cake::Old Tyme Pastries
Bride’s Fashion::Tara Keely