Over the summer, I gave a toast to Martina and Andy the night before their wedding. I told the story of how they met at the annual Boonville Beer Festival after I used my laser-like aim to throw a frisbee directly into Andy's campsite, forcing Martina to retrieve it and meet her future husband. (Sneaky, no?)
What I didn't mention was how my chic, worldly friend, with English and East Coast roots, described this friendly skateboarding, beer-loving, California dude a few weeks into their post-festival dating. "He's good people," she said with a devilish grin. Instantly, I knew, despite their very different histories, that "Smiley," as our friends quickly dubbed him for his signature permagrin, would be a keeper.
Good people, as I've learned from Martina, isn't just a compliment, it's more of a North Star for the friends, relationships and life that she chooses. That is to say, it's a reference to the qualities she values above all else, which include integrity, kindness, soulfulness and authenticity.
Needless to say, Andy, much like his bride, is the epitome of good people.
And it was in that spirit of goodness that this salt-of-the-earth couple planned their intimate, urban wedding...a celebration of all the good things in their life, from family and friends to delicious beer and amazing food, including a whole-roasted pig, freshly-shucked oysters, brick-oven pizzas and, at the groom's request, a chocolate stout cake. (Did I mention that Andy makes his own hot sauce from home-grown peppers and Martina co-owns Golden Roots Kitchen, an organic, all-natural meal delivery service in Santa Cruz?? It's fair to say that an appreciation of good, quality food brought this couple together, too.)
Scroll down to see more goodness from their wedding ceremony and reception at the lush garden space outside The Cheese School in San Francisco.