When Web designer Mike Kellogg and graphic designer Shawn Strub met at an Internet company, each was involved with someone else. “But we had a lot of fun hanging out together,” says Shawn. “When we both broke up with our partners, I started looking at Mike differently. It was kind of like ‘Wait a minute...’”
On February 15 two years later, Mike whipped out a wooden puzzle box he’d gotten on one of the couple’s frequent trips to visit Shawn’s mother, who worked as a schoolteacher in Japan. Inside was the engagement ring Shawn thought she was going to get the day before, as a Valentine’s gift.
Shawn felt it was important to incorporate a Japanese sensibility into the wedding decor. “I’ve always been fascinated with that culture’s aesthetics and design—the colors, the elegance, the minimalism,” she says. She and Mike also wanted to serve Mexican food, as a nod to both their favorite cuisine and the Spanish-style architecture of the wedding venue, the Adamson House, in Malibu, California. “The wedding became an expression of our eclectic tastes,” says Shawn.
Mike admits that he had reservations when his fiancée initially explained her idea for creating a multicultural event. “At first I thought the mix of Japanese and Spanish was going to be weird,” he says, “but in the end, it was really awesome.”