From the couple:We met before going to college at Marquette, hoping to have someone we knew going into college in the Midwest (as Californians). 4 years later, as best friends, we decided to give a real relationship a go, and the rest, as they say, is history! We got engaged on our second dating anniversary in January of 2017 on the top of Grand View Park, a special place for us. Marco and I designed my engagement ring together with Set of La Bijouterie (then located on Union Street near the Marina). We both knew we’d get hitched, and Marco knew how excited I would be about working with our jeweler to create a unique, perfect ring. The engagement ring is platinum, with a hidden halo and a beautiful 2.2 carat solitaire diamond in the center. We custom designed our wedding rings from La Bijouterie as well – a rose gold and diamond band for the bride, and a brushed platinum and rose-gold band for the groom. We wanted to convey a simple elegance that wasn’t too stiff, and we were inspired by our favorite color, purple. The lush, unstructured beauty of the floral arrangements really impacted how we chose the rest of our decor – our florist, Trang Vo of Vo Floral Designs, created such amazing work that we based many of our table settings and decor on her work. I wore a Watters A-Line, mocha-lined white tulle dress with lace overlay, and a rhinestone woven belt. I wore crystal hair pins, crystal drop earrings, a Kate Spade glitter clutch, and Kate Spade Keds shoes. Marco’s suit is from Men’s Warehouse, with Marquette socks to pay tribute to our alma mater. The groomsmen wore suits from Men’s Warehouse, with purple vests and ties, and their own college-pride socks. The bridesmaids wore silver shoes and purple dresses of their choosing. My bouquet was an array of purple flowers, including a blue-purple thistle to pay tribute to my father’s Scottish heritage. Marco’s boutonniere contained a thistle as well to connect us two. For the bridesmaids and groomsmen, their flowers mimicked our own arrangements with intermingled succulents in the bridesmaids bouquets as well. Our processional song was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by IZ, while I processed with my dad by my side to “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong. We recessed to “Such a Night” by Dr. John, an inside joke from our History of Rock and Roll class in college. We kept the space bare to accentuate the beautiful scenery framed by the windows in the Golden Gate Club. We had our reception at the Golden Gate Club at the Presidio. Having grown up in San Francisco, Marco grew up wandering the nooks and crannies of the Presidio and we knew we had to have our wedding in such a gorgeous, historical setting. Our centerpieces focused on the floral arrangements, and we named each table after a neighborhood in San Francisco that has meaning for us as a couple. We wanted simple place settings and classic table linens that incorporated our wedding colors. We also included marquee lit signage for fun. We insisted on chicken and waffles as appetizers, and they were delicious.
Our wedding wines were very special to us – we toasted with Kokomo Winery’s Sparkling, Blanc de Blancs (Chrissy works at Kokomo); and we had Rose of Pinot Noir and Carignan (both named When Pigs Fly) made my Marco and Chrissy’s brother-in-law, Dan Fitzgerald, winemaker at Brack Mountain Wine Company in Sebastopol, California. The Rose and Carignan were hand-bottled and labeled by Dan, Marco’s sister Barbara Fitzgerald, Marco, Chrissy, and Marco’s mother Jeanne.
Our first dance was to “Differences,” an RnB classic by Ginuwine.