Alexius and Kurt met on Kurt's first visit to Shuga's, the bistro Alexius had recently opened. "I asked him to sign my petition for a liquor license," she recalls. So hosting their wedding at the restaurant made perfect sense. The bride wore an Anna Sui dress from Anthropologie ("I couldn't see myself in a traditional gown," she says). The groom sported a Hugo Boss suit, a bow tie from Nordstrom, and a boutonniere of roses, stephanotis, and ferns.
The ceremony was held in the grassy median across the road from the restaurant. "We wanted to be able to look out the window in years to come and see the spot where we got married," says Alexius. The couple's nephews escorted their two-and-a-half-year-old son, Harlan, down the aisle.
The trees lining the path to the ceremony site were adorned with cuckoo clocks the bride found at an antiques auction. The event's 84 guests were given handmade maps to the ceremony location, hand-stamped by friend and local artist Lindsay Hand. Guests also received paper-flower boutonnieres, also crafted by a friend of the couple.
The cocktail-hour spread included an oyster bar set up on the back patio. Just for fun, Lindsay and another pal spontaneously hand-painted "Just Married" on the side of what will eventually become the bistro's catering truck.
Inside Shuga's, paper cranes (made by Kurt with help from his bride) were suspended from the ceiling. Flowers arranged in soda bottles also decorated the space. "Our style is a mix of vintage and modern, with a dash of whimsical," explains Alexius.
The menu included Turkish grilled chicken and braised Hawaiian pork. The celebration continued after dinner, when Alexius and Kurt mixed up one of their signature cocktails, the Magic Hour, a blend of bourbon, raspberry liqueur, and fresh-squeezed citrus juice. "Kurt created it for me the year after we began dating," says Alexius. While behind the bar, the newlyweds shared a passionate kiss.
Photos: Audrey Hannah Photo
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