Quote of the moment

"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Monday, October 8, 2012

Meet the new Mr. and Mrs. Coleman, Sea Ranch, September 15, 2012

Mrs. Kristina Coleman Martinez and Ian Coleman great family and friends with Kristina's brother, Andy serving as a Groom's man watching on. 

Even though it has been three weeks now I still can't help drift back to  that beautiful sun drenched Sea Ranch cliff on Saturday, September 15 where Kristina Martinez and Ian Coleman kissed and became Mr. and Mrs. Coleman.

Anna Wu and Kevin Yau of  Seaglass Cinema, our videographers, captured the very essence of the day in their video of Kristina and Ian.

Kristina & Ian | 09.15.2012 from Seaglass Cinema on Vimeo.

Photos of the Wedding Day as well as our Family Picnic/ Olympics were taken by Debby Coleman -

It was a beautiful day with fabulous friends and family. We are so happy to count Debby Coleman and Jarett Nixon as part of both

The wedding was preceded by family gatherings as we joined up with each other from around the world- first at San Francisco where we stayed in the perfect family home that sleeps 12.  It was a super first gathering spot.  See our review here: http://www.vrbo.com/157489ha/reviews
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Father and 2nd Cousin of the bride relax after very long flights from Chile and Spain respectfully

Brides maids, friends, and family from Michigan, Spain and Chile meet for dinner at Pier 39 for  clam chowder served in sourdough bread bowls.
The following Monday we then headed up to Sea Ranch Lodge where many of the families rented homes.
We stayed at the Krauss house
Guests came from far and wide:
Alberta, Canada
British Colombia, Canada
Southern California
Northern California
South Carolina
All during the week the sun was late in burning off the fog, including Thursday, the day of the wedding rehearsal. Apparently some of us failed to get the funny hat memo.

The next day friends and family went early morning diving for abalone once again and then packed it off to Grestle  Cove for the Family Olympics. The loosing family was to have received a pie smashed in the face. It ended up being smashed in the bride and groom's faces instead.

On that special Saturday, September 15, the day was brilliant and full of love.
Robert Hansen, my brother, officiated the wedding. 

The service had a few nervous bumps along the way, with Ian  jumping eagerly to the "I Do's" before the vows were completed. Their heartfelt vows were written by Reverend  Robert. In the end it was a splendiferous day followed with love and joy for the new couple and the families in which they united.

Wedding notes

Wedding Venue: Sea Ranch Lodge: http://searanchlodge.com/

Officiate: Reverend Robert Hansen, White Lake Weddings, http://www.angelfire.com/rings/revhansen/

Bride Wore:

Wedding band: Three separate rings included an eternity band of 7 round cut diamonds set in white  
       gold in between two bands of eternity style bands of round cut sapphires set in platinum
Ceremony Dress: David’s Bridal
Bouquet: Flowers Coastal Posies http://coastalposies.com/bridal-bouquets/  
Necklace- Seafoam Mother of Pearl Bridal Bib Necklace, Pearly Jewelry in
     Shimmery Green by Brass Hoheme brassboheme.etsy.com
Starfish Hairpins: Hair Comes the Bride http://www.haircomesthebride.com/
Shoes Tom's Shoes www.toms.com
Evening gown for the reception by Watters Brides
Seamstress for special touches for dresses, Emma Rojo,  Santiago, Chile

Maids of Honor: 

Sarah Coleman, Groom’s sister
Nicole Milllitelo, Long time friend and “surfing sister”

Brides maids 

Abby Timms Conner, friend
Julianne Vanwagenen, Groom’s cousin

Brides maids wore: 

Navy Blue Dresses: Individually selected from J. Crew  http://www.jcrew.com/
Shoes Tom's Shoes www.toms.com
Bouquet: Flowers Coastal Posies http://coastalposies.com/bridal-bouquets/
Ray-Ban New Wayfarer sunglasses

Best Men:

Wesly Leffel, Groom’s long time friend
Robert Coleman, Groom’s brother

Groom’s men:

Andrés (Andy) Martínez, Bride’s brother
Joe Oak, friend

Groom and Groom’s men Wore 

Groom's ring:Titanium and platinum with hammered detailing
Suits: Island Importer http://www.islandimporter.com/
Groom’s men’s shirts: Lands’ End http://www.landsend.com/
Ray-Ban New Wayfarer sunglasses
Shoes Tom's Shoes www.toms.com


Wedding by Chris (Guitar) 707-785-2730
DJ: Soul Symple – Myke Lewis 510.290.3851 djbigmyke@gmail.com

Point Reyes Blue chees and walnut sald in an endive leaf
Mini crab cakes with roasted lemon aioli
Wild mushroom fritters with orange aioli

Wine Country Party & Events http://www.winecountryparty.com/
Table top décor and special touches provided by bride and friends
Games: Corn hole, Ladder ball
Table topics question cards
Drift wood with flowers by Flowers Coastal Posies http://coastalposies.com/bridal-bouquets/
Floating candles in bowls and abalone shells
Abalone shells provided by Doug Jung from his many trips

Day of Wedding Coordinator
Stepping Inn Wedding Coordination www.steppinginn.com

Franny's Cup & Saucer http://www.frannyscupandsaucer.com/ (Note: Top layer made especially for the bride was gluten free, groom had a blueberry pie)

Cream of wild mushroom soup
Grilled New York Steak
Garlic whipped potatoes
Asparagus spears with Huckleberry Vinaigrette
Children’s menu: Penne with marinara sauce and grilled chicken


  1. Thanks a lot for the introducing me with the beautiful pictures. Your blog is really very beautiful. I have bookmarked this site and surely be back within days to have the latest update.

  2. Hi Kristina,

    This is Rose from Brass Boheme, your necklace designer. I love the pics of your wedding! Do you mind if I post the one of you by the sea in your necklace on our facebook page? (www.facebook.com/BrassBoheme) I will give credit to your wonderful photographer. Many blessings to you in the adventure of marriage!


  3. Hi Rose, This is Kristina's mom, and author of the blog. You will have received an email directly from me regarding your request. Thank you for asking. I will send you further information in that emai.