VanIrGo Wedding

Maite and Mark married in Genoa, Nevada in April, followed by a reception in Boise, Idaho.    

  • Flowers & event decor by Maite Iribarren-Gorrindo   

  • Invitations & graphics by Izar Bicandi

  • Photography by Nick Higman & Kevin Sawyer

 

Maite Iribarren-Gorrindo of Ahizpak marries Mr. Mark van Gulik!

Maite Iribarren-Gorrindo of Ahizpak marries Mr. Mark van Gulik!

Intimate gathering at Genoa's tiniest church.  Mr. Farzin Safavi performed our ceremony.

Intimate gathering at Genoa's tiniest church.  Mr. Farzin Safavi performed our ceremony.


Lawrence Welk themed reception at the Basque Center

click on photos, there are some darlings!

Posted on April 24, 2017 and filed under Wedding, Flowers.

Lael & Josh: Wilderness love

From sweet Lael:

Maite was incredibly helpful in helping create our dreamy forest wedding at a campground in the Idaho mountains. She met with us as many times as we wanted to beforehand to not only sort out logistics, but also to get a good understanding of what kind of aesthetic we wanted for our celebration. The beautiful result included amazing details I would have never thought up but now remember fondly, like a vintage sofa surrounded with lights as a "photo booth" at our reception, mini succulents planted in old silver platters, and clusters of tea lights to light the path to the restroom (remember, we were at a campground). She transformed a plain ol' Forest Service campground into a magical, perfectly-lit forest haven. She dealt with all the details (all the way down to air fresheners in the bathrooms), so we could focus on having the best night of our lives celebrating with friends and family.  Highly recommended!

Posted on September 19, 2016 and filed under Wedding, Flowers.

Wedding for Ama...event/decor/flowers

Julia Gorrindo marries.  Her daughters, Maite & Izar, were able to design a lovely and intimate wedding for her special day.  The event had many meaningful details and handmade touches, fitting for Ama Julia.  

  • Flowers & event decor by Maite   

  • Invitations & graphics by Izar

Julia and Bill went to school together in Lancaster, CA and graduated from Quartz Hill High School in 1969.  Mom (Julia) was the homecoming queen that year, and Bill happened to drive their car through the parade...see photos.  

A backyard wedding with thirty guests included a friends and family from near and far.   Helping celebrate the special day was the ring-bearer grandson (it happened to be his 4th birthday that day), Chef Conner, and the parents of the groom in their golden years.  Wishing Julia and Bill health, companionship with kindness & happiness.

Backdrop for the wedding: platters, glass, brass, flowers and sign.  Welding practice comes into play along with floral design.

Backdrop for the wedding: platters, glass, brass, flowers and sign.  Welding practice comes into play along with floral design.

Izar, Julia, Bill, Maite

Izar, Julia, Bill, Maite

History of the "Ahizpak": Maite & Izar

Being first generation Basque-Americans has been a journey of self-discovery in completing our cultural circle. Born in a tight-knit Basque community in Nevada, our parents ran and owned a Basque restaurant. During our childhood we were a part of the Mendiko Euskaldun club, dancing and singing with our cousins and friends.

Our passions eventually sent us both to study art and afterwards the magnetic cultural pull brought us to Boise, Idaho. We had fallen in love with the people in our new Basque community and the city itself. Freshly out of art school, and excited about integrating into our new home...creating beautiful Basque art pieces was a natural fit. Quickly we made gifts with the lovely Lauburu which soon turned into jewelry and decorative pieces.

Focusing on turning a hobby into a small business, Boise’s famous Jaialdi of 2005 was fast approaching. This festival we figured was a great way to jump in feet first and see if people attending the festival would love our items too. That was eleven years ago and we are so happy we started creating Ahizpak together.

Ahizpak
Posted on July 19, 2016 .

Jaialdi is where we started...

 

2005 was our 3rd year living in Boise.  We had fallen in love with the people in our Basque community and the city itself. Freshly out of art school, and excited about integrating into our new home...creating beautiful Basque art pieces was a natural fit.  Quickly we made gifts with the lovely Lauburu which soon turned into jewelry too. 

Focusing in on turning a hobby into a nice little business, Jaialdi was fast approaching which we figured was a great way to jump in feet first, and see if people attending the festival would love Ahizpak too.  That was ten years ago...so happy we took the plunge.  What a sweet ride with friendships made all over the world.  Eskerrik asko!

Jaialdi2015
Posted on April 21, 2016 .