FORTUNE COOKIE PINATA WEDDING? + SARAH SEVEN WINNER | Enge + AJ | Ohhhhh goodness I loves this post.

First things first: OMGOD, I’m so glad the naming ceremony went over well with you guys yesterday.  Because I was seriously scurrrred.  And I ain’t never scurrrred, like so many rap stars, so, yeah, THANKS FOR LIKING IT.  And by the way, we kept the “McPuppyPants” part for you guys. :)  I’ve been using it for so long on here that approximately a lot of you became pretty attached to it!  So that’s for you, ’cause you rule.  Tee hee.

Ok, now listen up… sometimes, a wedding comes along that speaks to the very essence of what you believe in when it comes to celebrations of love on a grand scale.  Actually that’s wrong; sometimes should be “all the time,” because that’s how I feel about every dang wedding that finds its way to the front page of TKB.  But I’m singling this bambino (tee hee) out, because Matt sent it over based on a mutual love of pinatas and fun, which he discovered after reading this little old post.  Random?  Right now, to you, that sounds random.  No doubt.  But you’ll catch my drift in a few.

Submitted by Matt of MOOD Events & Production, today’s wedding makes me a little giddy and a lot excited about the myriad directions you can go with your own wedding.  Because, you guys – as I like to remind you pretty regularly – it’s UP TO YOU.  No one else.  Well, if someone else is footing the bill, then yeah, it’s up to you with a dash of them.  But generally speaking, YOUR wedding is about YOU AND YOUR HONEYBUNNY, and what’s better than celebrating your love and having a great time in the way you see fit?  Nothing, that’s what.  Because when you focus on having a great time from your own perspective, everyone else ends up having a pretty ridiculously great time as well.  Happiness is contagious.

Oh, but wait… I have some other news, too, don’t I?  Yes, as a matter of fact, I DO.

Congratulations to our randomly chosen Sarah Seven giveaway winner, Chrissy Phelps!

You kinda just won yourself a freaking SARAH SEVEN CUSTOM MADE DRESS, my dear.  … Are you psyched? ;)  Be sure to get in touch with us in the comments or via email so we can hook you up with your winnings!

April 6, 2011, Chrissy Phelps: “First of all I love your blog, it has made wedding planning such a treat! Thank you for providing such beautiful photos for me to gawk over.  Both of these dresses are absolutely stunning, but I die over the powdered sugar frock! How gorgeous would that be for the rehearsal dinner and beyond!  Cheers to you and this fabulous contest.”

As you know, you totes have your pick… :)

NOW.  A little note to everyone else…

OMIGOD I wish I could give one to each and every one of you.  But the good news is that we still have to announce the winner of our fantabulous Tessa Kim giveaway, aaaand we have yet ANOTHER MASSIVE GIVEAWAY coming up… so hold on tight, pretty mcprettisons!

Ok, now, if there’s anything that can help you get over that, I THINK IT MIGHT JUST BE THIS WEDDING.

Here’s what Matt told me when he shared the gorgeousness that’s about to ensue:

We love this wedding because our bride and groom aren’t exactly your typical “life of the party” people.  But when they came to us for help with their wedding, they made it clear that they wanted to have fun – be it in their sweet, shy and quirky way.  And THEY pitched to us the idea of a wedding pinata – mind you, the bride is full Chinese and the groom is Caucasian.  But they knew that a pinata, though unusual as it was for a wedding, was exactly the type of fun they’d like to have at their wedding. And surprisingly enough, the bride’s nieces and nephews took a couple whacks at it, and even their parents!  We personally handmade the fortune cookie pinata, and built it so well (apparently), that it lasted through all the nieces and nephews, both sets of parents, the bride and ultimately the groom, who ended up breaking the stick rather than the pinata!  The pinata was damaged enough that fortune cookies spilled out, and inside of the pinata was a large, over-sized fortune we created for the bride and groom.  By the laughter and smiles on everyone’s faces, we could tell they all had a fun time.

After the wedding, I stumbled upon your blog post through a tweet and thought you’d be interested in this wedding. It’s true, weddings should be about making the day special and personal, always making sure to keep in focus the true meaning of the day.

Obviously, I couldn’t agree more. :)

Now, listen up to what our gorgeous bride had to share about her Big Day:

The inspiration for my wedding day was a little bit like a tea party – Alice in Wonderland style – and a winter picnic. I like the whimsical feel of it all. I’ve disliked going to weddings and feeling the weight of formality or the heaviness of ONE color. So with my reception, I chose 4 different styles of table overlays to break up the monotony. It made for a light and airy feel, which is sort of what getting married is: walking on air. I chose the winter picnic theme because I’ve always liked picnics and loved the feeling of being outdoors. But how could I achieve this in the dead of winter? We decided to go with picnic fabrics, baskets, cheese tables, fruit crates, fruits and berries, and cheese. We also included snow-white plates, hand-sewn floral chargers and chopped wood in the corner to add a natural feel. It was like being outdoors, but in beautiful winter.

My favorite memory was seeing my family trying to break open the pinata at the end of the reception. It was interesting to see everyone’s personalities. My mother hacked at it with unexpected agility and aggression. This made everyone crack up with laughter. My little nieces and nephews took their shot at it as well. Even though they were small, I could see the wonderment in their eyes as they tried to hit something as big as they were. And my husband, who thinks he’s not very strong at all, broke the bat! I think he was trying to impress me. It was the best part because after all the stress of running around and getting married, we were just able to be silly and have fun.

I also loved the send-off at the end of the reception. Everyone lined-up outside and formed an Asian lantern arch for us to run under. Everyone cheered and waved their streamers and bells while saying goodbye to us. I remember seeing glimpses of smiling faces, but most of all, I remember the feeling. Surrounded in love, we were starting a new path together. AJ just walked, but I pretended to run. It was the perfect end to the day.

Ok, I think it’s pinata-o’clock, y’all…

As my Dad – whose BIRTHDAY IS TODAY… HAPPY BDAY, POPSICLE!!! – said about Bambino yesterday…

“Those little kiddos are adorrrrrrrbs.”

Wait, what? More details?  You betcha… here’s the rundown from MOOD:

Engela and AJ are one of the most cool and calm couples we have ever met. Their easy going quality made them such a joy to work with. But they also have a fun and quirky side too.

Enge wanted a winter picnic wedding reception. And although it was the dead of winter, we found the perfect venue to hold an intimate “picnic” for her and her new husband, their families and their friends.

Their reception was held at the beautiful Red Butte Gardens in SLC, Utah. The Orangerie was filled with beautiful plants and trees, and the natural sunlight made it feel even more so like spring.

We incorporated many picnic elements into the design of the reception, including light and airy floral fabrics in soft blues, fruit crates and cheese tables, and a vintage ladder/swing-inspired dessert and candy buffet.

Engela and AJ made it a point to have fun, and specifically requested to have a pinata at their wedding. Always being up for a challenge, and loving the idea of something beyond the norm, we ecstatically agreed and handmade a fortune cookie pinata, complete with a fortune and mini fortune cookies inside! The pictures say everything! The best part of the pinata? When AJ, the groom, broke the bat in half!

Thanks, Matt!  Oh, and by the way, everyone…

Ok, soooo….

Omigod, how much do you love this couple?  And does this wedding inspire you to up the fun factor, in your wedding, or even in general?

xoxo!  – Alison

Photographer: Little Wunders Photography / Event Planning & Design: MOOD Events & Production / Venue: Red Butte Gardens / Makeup: Ennlee Chen Fuller (Sister of the Bride) / Hair: Ennlee Chen Fuller (Sister of the Bride) / Cake + Desserts: Provo Bakery / Caterer: Culinary Crafts / Floral Design: Just Because Flowers & Gifts

Label(s): {Real Weddings}

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  1. Alicia @CharityWedding on May 4, 2011

    OMG That dessert ladder set up is out of control amazingly awesome. I have never used those three words in a row before but it was necessary here. I sort of want to make that for my house. I LOVE that her dress has the makings of a traditional Chinese dress but it is white instead of red! So fabulous in every way.

  2. Marit on May 4, 2011

    I can’t wait to check back on your comments to see the winner CRAP HER PANTS. :)

  3. Shulie on May 4, 2011

    Congrats to the winner!!!! I love this featured couple, too.. They are very cute!! I love the setting! Very different.

    And where are puppy pix? WHAT GIVES??

  4. Koru Kate on May 4, 2011

    Hand-sewn floral chargers?! I’m dying, I love them so much!!!

  5. lizzie on May 4, 2011

    LOVE that wedding! So beautiful! congrats to chrissy!

  6. Lauren Elise on May 4, 2011

    Everyone had their own fabric flower waiting at their seat? Ahh, I’m officially in love. I want one :)

    Love this couple to pieces and their whole indoor-winter picnic idea. So original and cute!

  7. Lena on May 4, 2011

    I squeaked with excitement for Chrissy-horraaaay, lucky girl!

    As for this wedding, it’s making me weak in the knees. The flowers, the pinata, the papers-heavenly!

  8. Chrissy Phelps on May 4, 2011

    OMG! I just checked back this afternoon to see if you had announced the winner and I saw MY NAME! In the midst of studying for law school exams I don’t know if anything could have lifted my spirits like winning a stunning Sarah Seven frock!!!!!!! I am so excited and appreciative that you do giveaways like this on your blog. What is the best way to contact you? Thank you both SO much!

  9. Chrissy Phelps on May 4, 2011

    P.S. I am seriously freaking out right now. I must admit that I just jumped out of my chair and screamed out loud in the quiet study zone of the law school library. Of course that was not initially appreciated by my fellow classmates but I’m pretty sure they will never be the same after I told them what happened and introduced them to this blog and Sarah Seven!!!

  10. Alison on May 4, 2011

    Chrissy – Thanks for your email – just wrote you back. Congrats once again!!! :)

  11. Sarah on May 4, 2011

    So lovely. The table scape is just gorgeous!

  12. Naomi on May 4, 2011

    One the most unique yet lovely weddings I’ve ever seen. Such a mix of elements yet still all flowed perfectly!

  13. Madison on May 4, 2011

    oh my frikkin god the swings!! the dress is divine, the cake is gorgeous, aghhh im overloading!!

  14. Brancoprata on May 4, 2011

    OOOMMMMGGGG is this for real???? This weddings is as perfect as a styled shoot… it’s amazing!!!!!!!!

  15. first off, i’m a bit sad about the giveaway, but you were right…the wedding totally made up for it! it’s precious and i love the pinata idea with the fortune inside! too cute!

  16. Mel on May 5, 2011

    Wooooaaahhhh buddy!! Seriously a latter/monkey-bar type dessert bar?!?!? That is freakin’ awesome!!!

  17. Jen Roberts on May 5, 2011

    LOVE, love, love that dessert set-up. I would be scared as hell to put a cake on it, but I love it nonetheless! Awesome wedding :)

  18. Gloria @ I Do Venues on May 5, 2011

    Great wedding, love all the details – the dress is so different and looks amazing- the dessert display is such a great idea- Love It!!

  19. This is great!! LOVE the dessert bar… yummmm. And that dress… absolutely gorgeous!! The pinata is probably my favorite part though :)

  20. Cocroft & Delbridge on May 5, 2011

    I love the large bloom in place of a charger at the table setting…such a fun and unique detail! And honestly…a pinata…you never out-grow those…such a blast!

  21. Michael on May 7, 2011


    I always appreciate a good obscure 30 Rock reference.


  22. Card-Bored Box on April 10, 2012

    What a funky wedding! The attention to detail is phenomenal. The idea of filling the piñata with fortune cookies is genius.


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