Mojo, mojitos, and DIY — with a hair cutting ceremony!

By on Feb 29th

Ariel and Samuel, the lovebirds of Bowerbird Photography had quite the amazing wedding at Mt. Tamalpais in Mill Valley, California. Everything was DIY with lots of help from family and friends. The day included a full-on pot luck dinner, musical numbers (with video!), a hair-cutting ceremony, and a ceremonial making of "mojo." Enjoy this glimpse into a very cool wedding.

The officiant was their oldest friend, Matt. They wrote the ceremony themselves, which included wrapping all the guests in a swath of gold silk while the wedding party played drums.

Auntie Yam reading 'The Owl and the Pussycat'


A 'hair-cutting' ceremony! When Ariel first met Sam, he was doing a performance piece at the University of Washington which included cutting a lock of his hair. She still has it in an envelope to this day.

The ceremonial making of 'mojo.' This was a special Puerto Rican garlic sauce that Ariel's dad made. They ate it with a loaf of bread made by Sam and some homemade kombucha.


The parents were welcomed into the new families with handmade recycled paper leis.

Ariel's dress was eight dollars at a thrift shop called Painted Bird. Sam's outfit was from Buffalo Exchange.

After the ceremony, they enjoyed a mojito stand and Ariel's mom and her friends sang "Beyond the Blue Horizon":

Potluck plus vegan cupcakes in two flavors: kiwi, mango, lavender and banana chipotle baked by their friend Karina.

After the amazing potluck meal, Ariel's uncle Chris played a song that he wrote for them:

The cake was made by their friend Butch.

Thanks to Ariel and Samuel at Bowerbird Photography for sending us their amazing DIY wedding.