Dani Geen’s family was lounging around the living room after a dinner of smoked brisket and baked beans when she broke the news: She planned to include marijuana in every part of her wedding. Her mother, Aura, practically jumped off the shabby-chic sofa. “You can’t do this!” she shouted.
“Mom,” Dani replied calmly. “It’s not going to be what you expect.”
It looked like the perfect California beach wedding.
After all, unlike that stereotype of the slothful stoner, Dani is an energetic force committed to the cannabis movement, assisting celebrity activist Steve D’Angelo at Harborside, a medical dispensary in Oakland, California, for almost a decade. She’s also become one of the world’s leading experts in dabbing, aka vaporizing concentrated cannabis.
Thirty-one-year-old Dani and her fiancé, 30-year-old Zak Walton, both struggle with serious medical conditions and have ditched prescription pain killers for cannabis: Dani has long dealt with fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and Cushing syndrome, and Zak has struggled with a shattered herniated disk that causes him extreme nerve pain. At their wedding in August 2017, they both wanted to honor the place pot has held in their personal journeys, and their relationship — after all, they met about 12 years ago and quickly became smoking buddies.
So for the big day this past summer, they integrated marijuana into a classic California beach wedding.
Dani and the bridesmaids carried bouquets studded with cannabis buds and flowers; Zak and the groomsmen wore boutonnieres starring cannabis leaves and buds. All of the special foliage came from Harborside’s farms. At the end of the ceremony, rather than reciting personalized vows or smashing a glass, “we sealed it with a dab,” Dani said. Then, to get the party started, everyone lit up a joint on a beach.
That doesn’t begin to cover the rest of the evening, a reception for 70 guests held at a private event venue in Monterey. The 200-square-foot outdoor dab bar was stocked with 50 grams of hash, the 20-square-foot vaping area snuggled under a tall tree studded with twinkling lights, and the edibles bar featured six kinds of goodies. Of course, the vibe was more Ella Fitzgerald than Phish concert: Guests enjoyed a farm-to-table meal, including steak and salmon grilled while they watched, as well as a gluten-free, organic wedding cake.
A gluten-free, nonmedicated wedding cake.
Then there were the other sweets: Think medicated macaroons, brownies, and cookies, medicated rose and lavender cotton candy (organic, of course), and a big glass jar of medicated chocolate-espresso bites.
Medicated candy abounded.
Medicated cotton candy, just for you.
Those who didn’t want to indulge could still treat themselves with non-medicated cupcakes as well as candies housed in chic mason jars. Beer, wine, and champagne also made an appearance, though Dani said she avoided hard alcohol because she “didn’t want to worry about overintoxication.” Everyone received a gift bag with more goodies too, and during the toasts, you could celebrate with “your preferred method of consumption,” said Dani. All of the cannabis was donated, with a retail value of around $8,000.