Sophia Dengo & Gavin St. Ours

Photographed by Kelly Prizel

Occupations: Sophia is a senior UI designer; Gavin is an iOS developer.

Wedding date: 5/20/17 

Number of Attendees: 180

How You Met: They both were VIP guests to witness NASA’s last flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery and shared a vacation house with 13 strangers who were also there to watch the launch. Sophia and Gavin had an instant connection and spent the week at the Kennedy Space Center and on other adventures while they waited for the shuttle. By the end, they were inseparable.

The Engagement: On the batteries by the Golden Gate Bridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at sunset.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Sophia and Gavin’s wedding was a reflection of their mutual love of outer space, Sophia’s love of crafting, as well as their quite different family backgrounds. The couple’s wedding invitation suite featured a starry night sky motif and the cake topper read “To the Moon and Back.”

What Was Unique and Special About Your Wedding Day: It was completely in keeping to our personalities–bright and colorful with a touch of the classic. The choice of deep blue table linens and indigo table numbers rounded out the nod to outer space. Sophia and a group of friends dip-dyed all the table runners and she also silk-screened the welcome totes by hand. They skipped all of the usual wedding traditions (nobody tossed a bouquet and there was no chicken dance) and threw a really great party for the people they love. They were lucky that all of their favorite people were there to celebrate—some of them came from really, really far away!  

Favorite Details: The flowers–and the pin lights we had pointed at them. They weren’t convinced they’d be worth the added effort, but they definitely were. They also really loved the music—Landis was the perfect DJ for them, the space, and the party. They planned a menu that celebrated their respective backgrounds: Gavin was raised in rural Maryland and Sophia’s family is from Guatemala and she grew up in Houston, Texas. There were fried plantains and chimichurri steak for Sophia, and a raw bar and crab cakes for Gavin. Sophia’s Guatemalan heritage was also incorporated into the ceremony with the exchange of Aras, or coins. 

Most Unexpected Event On Your Wedding Day: There weren’t really any unexpected events—their amazing planner, Heather, had everything in hand. They were surprised by how much everyone loved the photo booth.

Piece of Advice: Take a step back and try to take everything in a couple of times during your wedding. It goes by super-fast!

Beauty: Allison Harper

Cake: Taste This Cake  

Caterer: Rouge Catering

Flowers: Crimson & Clover

Groom: The Black Tux

Invitations: Minted      

Location: American Visionary Art Museum

Music: Hill Chamber Music (ceremony) and Landis Expandis (reception)

Officiant: Mary Beth Hyland

Photo Booth: Side A Photography

Photographer: Kelly Prizel

Wedding Dress: Heidi Elnora Atelier

Wedding Planner: Heather St. Clair  


   
   

Sophia Dengo & Gavin St. Ours

Photographed by Kelly Prizel

Occupations: Sophia is a senior UI designer; Gavin is an iOS developer.

Wedding date: 5/20/17 

Number of Attendees: 180

How You Met: They both were VIP guests to witness NASA’s last flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery and shared a vacation house with 13 strangers who were also there to watch the launch. Sophia and Gavin had an instant connection and spent the week at the Kennedy Space Center and on other adventures while they waited for the shuttle. By the end, they were inseparable.

The Engagement: On the batteries by the Golden Gate Bridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at sunset.

Wedding Design Inspiration: Sophia and Gavin’s wedding was a reflection of their mutual love of outer space, Sophia’s love of crafting, as well as their quite different family backgrounds. The couple’s wedding invitation suite featured a starry night sky motif and the cake topper read “To the Moon and Back.”

What Was Unique and Special About Your Wedding Day: It was completely in keeping to our personalities–bright and colorful with a touch of the classic. The choice of deep blue table linens and indigo table numbers rounded out the nod to outer space. Sophia and a group of friends dip-dyed all the table runners and she also silk-screened the welcome totes by hand. They skipped all of the usual wedding traditions (nobody tossed a bouquet and there was no chicken dance) and threw a really great party for the people they love. They were lucky that all of their favorite people were there to celebrate—some of them came from really, really far away!  

Favorite Details: The flowers–and the pin lights we had pointed at them. They weren’t convinced they’d be worth the added effort, but they definitely were. They also really loved the music—Landis was the perfect DJ for them, the space, and the party. They planned a menu that celebrated their respective backgrounds: Gavin was raised in rural Maryland and Sophia’s family is from Guatemala and she grew up in Houston, Texas. There were fried plantains and chimichurri steak for Sophia, and a raw bar and crab cakes for Gavin. Sophia’s Guatemalan heritage was also incorporated into the ceremony with the exchange of Aras, or coins. 

Most Unexpected Event On Your Wedding Day: There weren’t really any unexpected events—their amazing planner, Heather, had everything in hand. They were surprised by how much everyone loved the photo booth.

Piece of Advice: Take a step back and try to take everything in a couple of times during your wedding. It goes by super-fast!

Beauty: Allison Harper

Cake: Taste This Cake  

Caterer: Rouge Catering

Flowers: Crimson & Clover

Groom: The Black Tux

Invitations: Minted      

Location: American Visionary Art Museum

Music: Hill Chamber Music (ceremony) and Landis Expandis (reception)

Officiant: Mary Beth Hyland

Photo Booth: Side A Photography

Photographer: Kelly Prizel

Wedding Dress: Heidi Elnora Atelier

Wedding Planner: Heather St. Clair