Tell us a little about yourselves!
Caleb and I (Yuki) met at the end of May in 2018, while I was on vacation with my sister, in Northern California. Originally from Montreal, Canada, I currently live in Panamá City, Panamá.
Caleb and I are both lucky to have jobs that allow us to work remotely and we made our long-distance relationship work. In February 2020, a month before everything shut down, Caleb got his Panamanian residency. We made the call that he would stay in Panamá for another few weeks, just in case international travel was halted. We ended up quarantining with my entire family in Panamá for 2020.… then we got engaged in early 2021 and married in October.
Why did you decide to get married where you did?
Our first vacation as a couple was a trip down to Palm Springs to marvel at the mid-century architecture together. Getting married in Palm Springs felt like a natural, and appropriate, place to tie the knot.
How many guests did you have?
5 - our parents and Yuki’s sister Nori.
Between Seth and Tenielle at Feather and Stone, our caterer, and the waiter, the vendor count rivalled our guest list.
Tell us about your outfits.
Caleb’s outfit is straightforward - a timeless tuxedo, in midnight blue with a black shawl collar from Prada.
I wanted to feel like myself and I’ve always admired vintage Ossie Clark dresses. This vintage Ossie Clark dress, that I found on ReSee, encapsulates everything I love in a dress - a plunging neckline, long sleeves, and a subtle vintage rock and roll spirit. The c. 1970 dress fit me and the 1950’s Frederick Loewe Estate perfectly.
What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?
Food, space, and family.
We enjoy dining out and cooking, so when we learned that our caterer, Chef Katherine King, used to work at Zuni Café in San Francisco, we were especially excited… and then delighted by the food that she served for our small wedding.
Fascinated by Palm Springs’ natural beauty and the especially striking design of the Frederick Loewe Estate, we wanted to maximize our time outside enjoying the mid-century modern space and the desert.
Taking our parents into account, we wanted to ensure that our wedding would be COVID friendly, which meant a tight guest list of just them, plus Nori.
Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?
Having Nori, my sister, officiate the ceremony, was paramount.
I brought Caleb home to the houseboat (that Nori and I were renting in Sausalito) after our first date specifically for her to meet him. After having dinner with Caleb, I could tell that he was genuine and that I could see a future with him… but, I wanted my sister to confirm my suspicions.
The evening was a dream with my best friend/sister meeting Caleb, endlessly chitchatting about everything, and laughing up a storm… when he left for the evening, she remarked, “he has to join our family.”
It meant the world to us that Nori officiated our wedding.
Any tips for couples getting married, particularly during the pandemic?
Follow what feels right for you as a couple.
Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?
Seth and Tenielle at Feather and Stone made us feel so comfortable. For relatively reserved people, finding a photographer (or in this case two!) who put you at ease and make you feel natural is so important.
We really lucked out with them.
Frederick Loewe Estate @FrederickLoeweEstate | Celebrant : Nori Evoy (Yuki’s sister) | Planner : Natalie Barragan @Natalie_Barragan | Flora : Madison Workshop West @madisonworkshopwest | Hair : The Basement Salon @thebvsement | Catering + Beverages : Chef Katherine King @foodpaparazzips | Cake :
Exquisite Desserts @exquisitedesserts | Yuki's Dress : Vintage Ossie Clark from ReSee @resee | Caleb's Tuxedo : Prada @prada | Tie : Lanvin | Wedding Rings : Tiffany + Co @TiffanyAndCo | Yuki's Shoes : Christian Louboutin @LouboutinWorld + Prada @prada | Caleb's Shoes : Giorgio Armani
@GiorgioArmani | Earrings : Pearl Earrings, a high school graduation gift from Yuki' late uncle