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Multi-cultural wedding with 1000 paper cranes

Filipino and Italian traditions merge at South Sound wedding

WHO: Maria Muto and Alex Olson
VENUE: The Cove in Normandy Park
DÉCOR: Illustrations from a vintage garden botanical book inspired the invitations, decorations and photo-booth prints.

Maria made more than 1,000 origami paper cranes, which were used in the décor. Maria’s parents had also had 1,000 cranes – a symbol of good luck – at their wedding.

The table centerpieces were do-it-yourself terrariums. Following the reception, guests took them home to enjoy or replant.

The arch, trellises, botanical illustrations printed on metal, birdhouses that were placed on every table at the reception, wedding cake, and cake topper were made by friends and family.

UNIQUE TOUCHES: Cork strips lining the reception room wall displayed photos of the couple from childhood through adulthood, along with photos of their families and friends.

The wedding program had either a crossword puzzle or a word search on the flip side to entertain guests before the ceremony began. A Popsicle stick handle made the program into a fan, handy during the sunny outdoor ceremony.

Alex’s ring is made of titanium with sandalwood inlay from Maria’s grandmother’s jeweler on Kauai.

There was also a fun photo booth for guests at the reception. Maria and Alex received copies of all the photos to include among their photo memories.

SPECIAL MOMENTS: Maria wanted to celebrate and represent her Filipino-Italian heritage at her wedding. Her family is from Hawaii so she and Alex had a lei exchange during the ceremony. Her lei was of maile (a Hawaiian flowering plant) intertwined with orchids and tuberoses, while his was all maile. (Maile is Maria’s middle name.)

Traditional Italian food and Hawaiian food was served at the reception.

FAVORS: In addition to the terrariums, guests were given bird shaped paper embedded with seeds. Handwritten on the paper were the phrases “Love grows” and “Plant me.”

Appearing in South Sound Wedding & Event Magazine.

Photos by Oona Copperhill Photography

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Published on March 17, 2016.

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