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Same Sex Samoan Wedding in Utah

Adessa + Keki Soaia’s Same Sex Samoan Utah Wedding at Noah’s Event Center - South Jordan, Utah

September 2, 2016

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About three to five years ago there was a surge in our friends getting married left and right. It just so happen to be at the beginning of our wedding planning career. While we knew we would always be our mutual friends bridesmaids we did not know however that one day we would be doing double duty and acting as bridesmaids AND wedding coordinator! That’s right yours truly planned, coordinated, and even set up our friend Keki’s wedding back in 2016. Not to mention, she lived in Utah while we were in California!

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wedding planners as bridesmaids

Pictured here, both members of the Rock n’ Willow team rushing down the aisle to gather friends and family for the portrait session during cocktail hour


Getting ready

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getting ready
wedding veil
wedding dress

Adessa and Keki kept up with certain wedding traditions including not seeing each other before the big day. They got ready separately and saw each other again moments before saying “I do”.

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bridal bouquet

The couple contributed many DIY elements to their decor. The only fresh flowers were Adessa’s bouquet and Keki’s boutonnière. The bridesmaids and bridesmen were adorned with paper flowers.

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bridesmaids paper bouquet

Ceremony

wedding program

Keki’s nephews and best men serenaded the ceremony space with a live performance, our friend Wendy officiated the ceremony, and the coupled sealed their vows with a sand unity ceremony and a kiss of course!

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I do
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Couples Portraits

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couples portraits

During the couples portrait session Adessa changed her shoes into matching ones with Keki and a fun rainbow print sock as a nod to their celebration being a same sex wedding.

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Wedding Party

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wedding party

With a large wedding party filled with friends from childhood and high school and family members anything could happen during the friends and family portrait session! These are the pictures that made it and were PG-13 :)

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bridesmaids

Reception details

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Adessa and Keki had so much family and friends pour themselves into their wedding. We even gifted them our centerpieces from our wedding two years prior! The couple spray painted them to match their colors and touched them up with some gems.

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popcorn station

We were also kind enough to gift our besties with a popcorn station. Since we drove to Utah we filled up our car with all the yummy necessities. (Minus that beer captured here at the end of the table! How did that get there?)

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popcorn station
popcorn station

Sadly, both of Keki’s parents passed away before her wedding so we encouraged her to have a memorial for them displayed at the wedding. Adessa surprised her bride with a priceless gift.

memory table

Reception fun

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The Soaia’s rejoiced in their wedding celebration with a grand entrance and first dance. The formal wedding reception was soon turned into a circle around Adessa as she performed the Samoan traditional Taualuga.

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cake, cake, cake!

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Another nod to Keki’s Samoan culture was shown off in their cake. A gorgeous tribal print was painted across the bright turquoise cake with fresh local flowers.

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cake cutting
cake cutting
cake cutting

The End.

couples portraits

Although planing a wedding from another state can prove its challenges and being a part of a wedding while also working the wedding can be a bit rough, we absolutely adore our friends and did not mind at all. We are so pleased to announce that since their wedding three years ago Adessa and Keki have welcomed the birth of their son Lian and have purchased their dream home. We are so proud of them and would do it all again in a heartbeat!!


Venues we are DYING to work at in 2019

Our list of venues we can not get enough of and are just dying to work at in 2019!


Being Southern California natives there are just so many awesome, cool, historic, fun, gorgeous venues to choose from. We have narrowed down our list for our top picks that we hope to work at next year. Brides and Grooms getting married in 2019 LISTEN UP! If you happen to book one of these listed venues and hire us on as your planner/coordinator you will receive 20% off your total package!!


Photo taken from www.homeaway.com of  The Houdini Estate  - Yes, you can rent this for a nights stay!!

Photo taken from www.homeaway.com of The Houdini Estate - Yes, you can rent this for a nights stay!!

Our Number One most sought after venue in 2019 is The Houdini Estate! It makes the list not because of its growing popularity but for the amount of tedious work the planner who works here has to endure. If we worked at the estate it would challenge all that we know and have learned over the years and executing a wedding here would be such an accomplishment for us!


We have grouped our favorite venues by separate areas in Southern California to keep this list looking so fresh and so clean clean :) First up, our hometown! Can you believe we have not yet worked at these venues listed below?! To show how much we love our community we are offering 25% off for our local couples if booked between January - March 2019 for a 2019 event.

South Bay

  • Smoky Hollow Studios, El Segundo

  • South Bay Customs, El Segundo

  • Redondo Beach Historic Library, Redondo Beach

  • The Catalina Room, Redondo Beach

  • The L’Cheriyve Studios, Gardena

  • Southcoast Botanical Gardens, Palos Verdes

  • Catalina View Garden, Palos Verdes

  • Crafted at the Port, San Pedro

  • Brouweij West, San Pedro

Photo taken from www.gipephotography.com of  Smoky Hollow Studios

Photo taken from www.gipephotography.com of Smoky Hollow Studios


Long Beach

  • Howl

  • The Loft on Pine

  • Ebell of Long Beach

  • Queen Mary

  • Rancho Los Cerritos

  • MOLAA

  • Long Beach Museum of Art

  • Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Earl James Japanese Garden

Photo by www.spostophotography.com of  Howl

Photo by www.spostophotography.com of Howl


Orange County

  • The Hacienda, Santa Ana

  • Heritage Museum OC, Santa Ana

  • The Estate on Second, Santa Ana

  • The 1912, Santa Ana

  • Hangar 21 North, Fullerton

  • Hangar 21 South, Fullerton

  • The Muckenhaler Mansion (Cultural Center), Fullerton

  • The Summit House, Fullerton

  • White House Banquet & Event Center, Anaheim

  • The Vintage Rose, Anaheim

  • The Colony House, Anaheim

  • Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim

  • Casa de Lago, Orange

  • The French Estate, Orange

  • The Jones Victorian Estate, Orange

  • Rancho Las Loms, Silverado

  • The Wilcox Manor, Tustin

  • The Franciscan Gardens, San Juan Capistrano

  • The Newland Barn, Huntington Beach

Timothy Bibb Photography  from www.wedding-spot.com of  The Hacienda

Timothy Bibb Photography from www.wedding-spot.com of The Hacienda


San Diego

  • Britt Scripps Manor

  • Brick

  • The Thursday Club

  • Luce Loft

  • Moniker Warehouse

  • The Lafayette Hotel

  • Twin Oaks House

  • El Cortez (Don Room)

Photo taken from www.sdbj.com of the  Britt Scripps Manor

Photo taken from www.sdbj.com of the Britt Scripps Manor


Greater Los Angeles Area

  • Villa del Sol d’Oro, Sierra Madre

  • Hummingbird Nest Ranch, Santa Susanna

  • Kimberly Crest House & Gardens, Redlands

  • Edwards Mansion, Redlands

  • Enchanted Forrest Weddings, Fallbrook

  • The Lodge at Malibu Lake, Malibu

  • Adamson House, Malibu

  • Newhall Mansion, Piru

  • Inn of the Seventh Ray, Topanga Canyon

Photo taken off www.yelp.com of  Villa del Sol d’Oro

Photo taken off www.yelp.com of Villa del Sol d’Oro


Los Angeles

  • The First Congressional Church of Los Angeles

  • Heritage Square Museum

  • LA River Center & Gardens

  • Ebell of Los Angeles

  • Oviatt Penthouse

  • Alexandria Ballroom

  • Carondelet House

  • Vibiana

  • The Maxwell House

  • Noor

  • Wilshire Loft

  • The Holding Co

  • HNYPT

  • 440 Seaton

  • Seventh Place

  • The Unique Space

  • The Fig House

  • The York Manor

  • Ruby Street

  • Cassita Hollywood

  • SmogShoppe

  • Valentine

  • Milliwick

  • Grass Room

Photo taken from www.fccla.org of  The First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

Photo taken from www.fccla.org of The First Congregational Church of Los Angeles


Central Coast and Northern California, we are not opposed to traveling to you! We had our hearts set on booking a wedding at the Madonna Inn next year but we actually just booked a wedding there for February 2019!! Wooo hooo!! After our recent trip we are now obsessed ( literally OBSESSED ) with Hearst Castle! Any takers??

Photo taken from www.visitcalifornia.com of the Historic, World Famous,  Hearst Castle

Photo taken from www.visitcalifornia.com of the Historic, World Famous, Hearst Castle


Well there you have it, lets throw some good luck into the air and manifest some destiny up so we can hopefully book a wedding or event at one of these California gems! We are looking forward to an epic 2019 wedding season all thanks to you awesome clients and potential clients who trust us with your special day.

Angela + Silvia, Rock n’ Willow Events


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