Get the DIY Details of This Multi-Cultural City Hall Wedding
We are all about weddings with DIY wedding ideas galore. We are also all about the little details — they really can make or break your big day. When we found out about Amy Wang Hernandez’s impressive DIY wedding with a big multi-cultural twist, we had to share her insanely creative and meaningful handmade details with you.
Amy Wang, who’s Chinese, married Jorge Hernandez, who’s Mexican, in a small ceremony the couple dubbed a “Mexicasian” affair at San Francisco City Hall on August 8. They chose August 8th as their wedding date because 8 is a lucky number in Chinese. The Hernandez’s wanted the entire wedding to reflect their Mexican and Chinese backgrounds, so they incorporated their heritage throughout the big day in a number of unique ways. From serving traditional Chinese + Mexican food favorites to getting imaginative with custom fortune cookies, we were seriously blown away by these culturally-blended newlyweds’ attention to detail. Here’s a breakdown of Amy’s DIY details:
1. Invitations: Amy and Jorge had two tiers of invitees (one group for family + BFFs and another group for other close friends) so invitations needed some extra thought. Each guest received a special code they entered on A + J’s wedding site. From there, they’d get special instructions about the specific events they were invited to. The first group was given ceremony, dinner and party details while the second group only received party details.
2. Placecards: Kids received personalized Chinese drums while the adults got something a bit more epic: handmade, customized Patron-esque bottles of tequila. Oh, and what mini tequila bottle would be complete without a personalized label? Cheers!
3. Favors: Custom fortune cookies in Chinese takeout boxes were made for favors for guests. The couple went the extra mile here and had fun facts about themselves stuffed inside the cookies. The cookies were put in Chinese takeout boxes, sealed with gold washi tape (oh, you fancy, huh, washi tape?) and topped off with a tissue paper pom-pom. These were adorable on the outside and mega meaningful on the inside (literally).
4. Boba: Amy is a die-hard fan of boba (it originated in Taiwan, so has special meaning to her beyond just being delish) while Jorge loves horchata. The solution? HORCHATA BOBA, thanks to the drink geniuses at SF (and Brit HQ) fave Boba Guys.
5. Culturally-Blended Dessert Bar + Cake: No traditional wedding cake here, folks. A + J opted for a small cake from Miette (admittedly mostly for photo opps + adorable cake toppers painted by Jorge) but provided a *serious* dessert bar for everyone. The best part of this were the DIY marquee lights Amy made that said, “HOLA,” and “NIHAO,” which means “hello” in Mandarin. The “HOLA” side featured traditional Mexican treats Jorge grew up with, like chili-mango lollipops, while the “NIHAO” side included Amy’s faves, like almond cookies and egg tarts.
6. Personalized Champagne Flutes: DIY glass etching is much easier than you think. A + J opted to etch their favorite things on each of their glasses for an added special touch. Amy went for Hello Kitty while Jorge opted for the Oakland A’s logo.
7. “Tip Jar” Guestbook: Instead of just signing your name + best wishes, these newlyweds asked guests to leave them a tip — quite literally — about how to have a happy marriage. Such a unique idea that you could borrow for a bridal shower as well.
8. Ring Dish: Their DIY ring dish was personalized with Hernandez’s wedding date. We love how sweet and simple it looks.
Props to Amy for fully exhibiting the power of DIYing the details big and small on your Big Day — it really shows with her attention to detail and thoughtful display of meaningful memories for herself, husband and guests. Huge congrats to the Hernandezes on their recent nuptials. Next time you guys throw a party, we want an invite! ;)
Photography: Your Dream Photo and Amy’s Pinterest
Ceremony venue: San Francisco City Hall
Reception venue: The Box SF
Boba: Boba Guys
Catering: Fraiche Catering
Fortune cookies: Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Company
Cake toppers: GooseGreaseUndone
Wedding coordination and florals: Ann Thai of LUX Premier Events
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)