Ariel Waldman and Matt Biddulph were married among the redwoods and eucalyptus trees surrounding the Trocadero Clubhouse in Stern Grove in San Francisco. One Love Photo were there to capture the day.
Ariel wore a couture dress made by a local designer, Atelier des Modistes. The dress featured a sweet pea floral watercolor on silk taffeta from Italy.
Matt and best man, Tom Coates, say hello to the local dog-walkers before the ceremony.
Ariel & Matt enjoy a “first look” in the grove before the ceremony.
Wedding planner Sugar Rush Events looked after all the details.
Sutro Tower served as the cake topper to a watercolor cake and pie pops created by Sweet Lauren Cakes.
Ariel walked down the aisle with Mom and Dad to the piano cover of Where Is My Mind?.
Officiator, David Pescovitz, held an Origin of Species book for the ceremony and read quotes from Ann Druyan, among other luminaries.
Bubbles filled the ceremony following the vows.
“Bridal brigade” Violet Blue and Lisa Ballard celebrate.
Bouquets and floral decor were created by friend Gem Spear. Matt was styled by Kelly Sparks.
Jane McGonigal gives Ariel a “fiero!”
Tasty food and some of the best ravioli ever catered by Alex’s Catering.
Tom Coates gave a rousing Best Man speech in proper English style.
Matt and Mum.
S’mores, of course!
Ariel and Matt were engaged among the dancing lemurs and wonderful communities in Madagascar. Ariel wrote about the trip to Madagascar for Science Hack Day last year. They asked guests and friends to give back to this place that will forever be near and dear to their hearts. Madagascar is one of the top poorest countries in the world and lemurs are one of the most endangered animals on the planet, with many of them on the brink of extinction.
Centre ValBio was founded by Dr. Patricia Wright, a MacArthur “Genius” award-winner who has been working in Madagascar since 1986. Centre ValBio was created to help both indigenous people and the international community better understand the value of conservation in Madagascar and around the world. The organization is located in Ranomafana National Park, a place in the Southeast of Madagascar that was designated as a protected national park entirely due to Dr. Wright’s work.