When it comes to tying the knot, adding your own quirky personal touches transforms your special day into something truly memorable. And after seeing
Andrea Cheng’s dreamy ceremony, we couldn’t help but fall in love. From a stylish jumpsuit in lieu of a gown to the towering cream-puff riff on a cake, this unconventional and laid-back wedding was anything but ordinary. The intimate nuptials were held at San Francisco’s City Hall, followed by a waterfront dinner party at Villa Montara that is sure to leave you swooning. "The house and its incredible views really speak for itself, so we wanted everything at the party to complement that," Cheng tells R29. "The linens were dyed with indigo as an ode to the Pacific, and our custom enamel pins and watercolor name cards mimicked the epic sunset hues." If you’re looking for out-of-the-box ideas or unique details for your big day, this slideshow is the only guide you’ll need to have on hand. Click ahead to take a look at the magical affair and be prepared to get some major alt-bride inspiration.
"As soon as we decided to get married, I knew I had to find the right jumpsuit for the occasion," Cheng tells Refinery29. "I went through a few duds — there was one that made me look and feel like an Elvis impersonator and another that resembled a circus tent — but I finally found this one from Rachel Comey that was just right."
"The necklace is from
, the shoes are from
,, and the flower crown is by
Lambert Floral Studio
," says Cheng. "The best part about all these items are that I can easily wear them again!"
"We got our marriage license and did the ceremony in the same day, so in between our appointments, we ran around the building with our photographer and took photos," says Cheng. "Another reason why wearing pants ended up being a great idea!"
is always looking for unconventional compositions, even in very conventional settings," says Cheng. "We love this photo because it looks dangerous."
"We kept the civil ceremony family only," says Cheng. "It was the first time our two families had met, and there’s no better way to get to know each other than to spend a few hours waiting around together."
"Len and I stayed at this beautiful home in Montara for the weekend, and hosted a party for our friends and family the day after City Hall," says Cheng. "Some fun trivia: this house was the setting for both an Estée Lauder ad
and a Faith Evans music video in the '90s!"
"This is what the inside of my head looked like for months and it was so fun to see all these random ideas finally come together," says Cheng. "Since the venue is already ridiculously beautiful, we brought in just enough decor to add our own personal touch."
"The architecture of the house lends itself to beautiful, natural shadows, which makes it a playground for photography," says Cheng. "We love how [Dubois] captured and honored the venue, since it was such an important part of this weekend."
"This lacey number from
felt easygoing yet special at the same time, and I like telling people that I bought my wedding dress on the internet," Cheng tells Refinery29.
"Len kept the indigo motif of our wedding in mind, and found the perfect chambray jacket from one of his favorite Japanese brands, Omnigod, and pants from Steven Alan," says Cheng. "The Hill-side tie and pocket square really
tie it all together."
"It was really important to both of us that we felt comfortable and like ourselves on our big day. I’ve never pictured myself wearing a traditional wedding dress, so I mainly looked at ready-to-wear pieces," says Cheng.
"I got this awesome DIY croquembouche idea from
Oh Happy Day . On the morning of the party, my sister picked up 300 doughnut holes from Happy Donuts, and she and our friends spent about an hour sticking them into styrofoam cones," says Cheng. "It was super easy to make, looked great, and only cost $75! Plus, everyone loves doughnuts."
"We never really thought we’d have a wedding, but decided that if we were going to do it, we would never let it become stressful," says Cheng. "A big part of this was keeping it a laid-back and small affair — we wanted it to feel like a dinner party (a really nice dinner party at a dreamy house by the sea)."
"Our friends totally won the wedding gift game and surprised us with an oil painting of me and Len in the form of
American Gothic," says Cheng. "Minds. Blown."
"One of the best pieces of advice someone gave us was to take a moment in the middle of the party to step away and soak it all in," says Cheng. "During dinner, Len and I sneaked into the house to do just that (and practice our dancing)."
"The speeches were the highlight of the party," says Cheng. "It was the emotional backbone of the entire evening and made the whole thing feel really intimate and special."
"Len and I have been together for seven years, so we’ve gotten to know each other’s families really well. Everyone spoke from their heart and it was the perfect mix of sentimental and goofy," says Cheng. "We had no idea how much happy crying would ensue! By the time Len and I gave ours, everyone had already morphed into a giant puddle of tears."