This Whimsical Fairytale Wedding in Petaluma, California Was Full of Rich Multicultural Details

Isa + Andrew had big plans for their Bay Area community garden wedding venue. 

With the help of the event designers and planners at Two Perfect Events, they’d curated their wedding vision into something so them: a whimsical garden party celebration inspired by all of the magic in Disney’s Tangled that was also a super meaningful celebration of the couple’s cultural identities.

Pastel pinks and purples made up the accent color palette. Cascading string lights would capture the glowy romance in Tangled. Countless creative Chinese, Indonesian, and Vietnamese details were carefully chosen to incorporate Isa + Andrew rich cultural heritage. And the plan was to do all this surrounded by the flowers of the community garden. But all the best wedding stories have a twist, and a little over a month before the big day, the flower-filled garden venue that they’d had booked for a year and a half canceled due to a water main break.

Everyone sprang into action, and after reaching out to over 100 venues and scouring the internet Isa + Andrew found Olympia’s Valley Estate. Every magical detail they had planned for the garden transferred beautifully to the dreamy, idyllic farm and event space.

Planner Leah from Two Perfect Events totally captured the spirit of Isa + Andrew’s day when she said, “It is a beautiful example of how childhood wonder and nostalgia can define a theme and frame new beginnings with creativity, love, and whimsy.”

We are totally spellbound by every meaningful and magical detail of this wedding, and we’re so glad Hey Honey Photography was there catching every moment.

These butterfly-adorned invitations were created by Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy, and several details (like that gorgeous sage green and orange watercolor that features the Chinese “double happiness” symbol for joy and marriage celebrations) were created by an illustrator friend of the couple.

Isa’s pearly bridal manicure is just right for this romantic celebration. Explore our list of 41 beautiful nail designs and ideas for tons of wedding day mani inspo.

We can’t think of a wedding shoe with more whimsy than the Eliza lavender butterfly block heels from Bella Belle.

The First Look

Isa found her enchanting floral-appliqué-adorned Marchesa gown at The White Flower in San Diego, and those tulle cape sleeves were a custom creation! Love the way this dress completely captured the fairytale feel of the whole day.

Take a peek at our fave fairytale princess wedding gowns to find a romantic and magical bridal look like Isa’s.

The Ceremony

Fleurisse Designs made the transition from garden to farm estate venue totally seamless by filling the celebration with playful pastel floral creations.

“I was inspired by John Singer Sargent’s painting Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose,” says bride Isa, “and coincidentally our florist used those very blooms to construct the bulk of our floral arrangements.”

Such a stylish family! If you are looking for a chic Mother of the Groom or Bride dress, we got you covered!

Fun fact: Isa’s aunt and cousin sewed fabric flowers onto the bride’s custom cape sleeves by hand so that they would match the skirt of her gown.

Andrew’s bespoke black tuxedo by Anatoly & Sons was made from rare and super-saturated Japanese fabric dyed with squid ink.

Check out our breakdown of how to write your own wedding vows if you want to build a heartfelt and handwritten moment into your ceremony like Isa + Andrew.

The draping trees and greenery edging the pond made for an absolutely enchanting ceremony backdrop!

Some Moments Alone

Disney’s Tangled played a big role in the design concept of the wedding because it’s a super formative film for Isa, and this romantic post-ceremony boat ride was directly inspired by the boat ride scene in the movie!

Joyce Zhou Designs created Isa’s soft wavy half-up half-down hair look and her peachy, neutral makeup.

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

Consider this triangular trade-off where you can usually only prioritize two: budget, time, and expectations. There were some design concepts we loved (e.g. an Alice In Wonderland-inspired oversized paper floral display), but they were either out of our budget or would take too much time to DIY. In those cases, adjusting our expectations was the most feasible option.
And build in time just to be with each other. We were surprised by how much quiet alone time we had, and that protected our peace. If we could change anything, we would optimize for enjoying the moment! We thought we had time for things like multiple different portrait sessions, outfit changes, a private champagne pour, etc. but we actually didn’t have time, and it took away from enjoying the actual wedding and talking to our guests.

Isa’s floral hair accessory came from WingLine.

Isa’s brand new gold wedding band looks beautiful with her sparkly three-stone engagement ring from Evorden.

Explore our wedding band budget and cost guide if you’re figuring out how much room to leave for rings in the overall price tag of your day.

Isa + Andrew took a moment for a private celebratory champagne pour before joining their guests for the reception.

Take a look through our list of 17 best champagne glasses that are absolutely stunning if you need some help deciding which champagne coupes to add to your registry.

The Reception

Who needs a garden venue when Fleurisse Designs can create overgrown greenery magic like this!?

Ethereal, draping string lights by Brilliant Event Lighting totally covered the barn’s ceiling.

Light wood round-back guest seating by The Chiavari Guys added an elevated feel to the rustic venue.

Rose tinted glassware and blush napkins from Bright Event Rentals brought tons of romance to the reception table place settings.

The evening’s menu, catered by S + S Gastro Grub, was full of culinary nods to the couple’s Indonesian, Chinese, and Vietnamese heritage.

How precious is this seating banquette that Theoni Collection created! The “double happiness” neon sign tied together all of the purples in flowers.

Bride Isa says all these gorgeous flowers did more than just look pretty: “Walking into the reception space, the lovely floral aroma was the first thing everyone noticed.”

We truly cannot think of anything more “fairytale” than dancing amidst a cloud of dreamy fog.

Trizia Cake Artistry created this gorgeous gold-dusted two-tier white wedding cake with vibrant teal, blush, and marigold icing and sugar flowers.

Planner Leah remembers groom Andrew’s epic reception outfit change: “During the reception, Andrew changed into a custom shirt inspired by his Chinese-Indonesian-American heritage—it was a Chinese cheongsam (traditional Chinese attire) made with Indonesian batik fabric, embroidered with idiosyncratic imagery like the lion turtle from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Isa + Andrew’s guests also got to enjoy all sorts of Indonesian desserts from San Francisco bakery NUSA.

AND there was live-churned liquid nitrogen ice cream from Smitten Ice Cream!! So many sweet treats to choose from. Take a look at our list of 14 wedding desserts to serve besides cake if you’re wanting to diversify your dessert table.

Loving Isa’s glittery and feathery reception dress by Bronx and Banco!! The fun and flowy capelet was created by a talented friend the night before the wedding!

Andrew’s parents surprised the couple with the gift of a traditional Chinese lion dance performance.

Dancers from LionDanceME totally wowed the couple and their guest.

X-Generation Entertainment kept everybody on their feet and dancing all night!!

Check out our lists of the best feather wedding dresses and the best short wedding dresses if you’re loving Isa’s reception look as much as we are!

And don’t miss this creative and video of the day by Le Moment Capturer!!

Congratulations, Isa + Andrew, on your enchanted, romantic, and culturally rich wedding day! GWS wishes you all the very best!

photography: Hey Honey Photography // venue name: Olympia’s Valley Estate, Petaluma, California, United States of America // event design: Two Perfect Events // planning: Two Perfect Events // florals: Fleurisse Design // wedding dress: Marchesa Bridal and Bronx and Banco // wedding dress boutique: The White Flower // hairpiece: WingLine // bride's shoes: Bella Belle Shoes // bride's ring: Evorden // hair stylist: Joyce Zhou Designs // makeup artist: Joyce Zhou Designs // groom attire: Anatoly & Sons // groom's shoes: NPS Solovair // groom's ring: Phuong Jewelry Store // videography: Le Moment Capturer // paper goods: Hyegraph Invitations & Calligraphy // catering: S+S Gastro Grub // cake: Trizia Cake Artistry // desserts: NUSA // tabletop rentals: Bright Rentals // furniture rentals: Theoni Collection // specialty rentals: The Chiavari Guys // music: X-Generation Entertainment // lighting: Brilliant Event Lighting // desserts: Smitten Ice Cream // desserts: Cupcakin Bake Shop // vietnamese coffee: Orbit Coffee // lion dance: Lion Dance Me