Edgar Martinez & Macio Oliveira
April 2, 2016 In San Jose, California
Edgar Martinez and Macio Oliveira met on March 30, 2014, during Edgar’s 40th birthday party at Dolce Hayes Mansion (the same place where they would be tying the knot two years later). Macio was invited as a plus one for a mutual friend, and it was love at first sight–complete with exchanged glances, small talks, and feelings of butterflies.
“Less than a week later, we had our first date,” Macio recalls. “Nothing major, nothing big–only us, a glass of champagne, and endless moments of laughter and joy. That day, I was sure I had met ‘the one,’ and my beloved Edgar had my heart.”
Four months into their relationship, the couple was in the Caribbean enjoying their first trip together. Macio had planned everything for the perfect proposal during a sunset dinner, cliff side at the W Hotel Vieques. An eight-course tasting menu was served, along with an endless stream of Dom Perignon, and a “special course” was placed in front of Edgar–a plate with a ring box floating atop crushed ice and lots of orchids.
During the wedding planning process, all Macio kept asking for was “pink, pink and pink.” With Edgar being a wedding designer and florist, however, he calmly suggested that they use a white color palette instead.
“Jokingly, I answered back: ‘Barbie-meets-Frozen equals fabulosity’,” says Macio. “Poor Edgar–once again, he looked confused with my crazy ideas.”
With cherry blossoms being Macio’s favorite flower, the couple used the pink blooms as a source of inspiration for the wedding décor. According to Japanese culture, cherry blossoms represent love, joy, simplicity and friendship – the exact principles of Macio and Edgar’s relationship. While piecing together their dream wedding, each decision, obstacle and surprise brought the two closer together, and everything was set up to create long-lasting memories for their family and friends.
On the day of the wedding, a life-size crystal elephant (lovingly named “Fabuloso”) welcomed guests to the Veuve Clicquot Lounge. The evening was met with a beautiful Californian sunset, cherry blossom trees, and a picturesque wedding ceremony. Macio’s mother walked him down the aisle, Edgar was joined by his daughter, and the grooms were married by Macio’s best friend, Maria.
“We felt blessed and thankful for all our guests being around us to celebrate true love, real friendship, and equality,” says Macio. “Fabuloso brought his energy, his light, and his authenticity to that unique and breathtaking moment.”
The newlyweds and their guests celebrated the rest of the night with food, drinks, and thousands of pink roses. A mariachi band and Samba dancers provided entertainment, and there was even an appearance by “Amy Winehouse.”
“Everything was over-the-top, but nothing topped the immense gratitude we both felt for all our friends who shared their talents and made our dream wedding come true,” Macio says. “Some call them ‘vendors’ – we are blessed enough to call them friends.”
>Written By: Lauren Malamala