HOW THEY MET: Kathleen and Ryan met at a sports bar in San Francisco. “He had stopped in to watch the rest of the game and we caught eyes,” says Kathleen.
HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: While the couple walked along Ocean Beach in San Francisco, Ryan dropped to one knee and proposed.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: Ryan’s 8-year-old nephew’s speech. “[Austin] did such a great job. It was a very sweet moment,” says Kathleen. The couple wrote their own vows and when it came time to recite them, their microphones were turned off. “We wanted it to be something just between the two of us,” explains Kathleen. In honor of her father, who passed away, Kathleen forewent the father daughter dance and kicked off the party with one of his favorite songs, The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me.” “It was a way to acknowledge him and not try to dance with someone else,” says Kathleen, who walked with her grandfather and stepfather down the aisle. The bride’s pastor from Fresno married the couple. “That was very special to have my pastor come,” Kathleen says, also acknowledging a pre-ceremony prayer that he recited with her and her mother.
IT’S A PARTY: Except for the mother son dance, the disc jockey played dance music all evening. “It was really like a dance party,” says Kathleen. “Everyone was dancing the entire time.” The couple’s friend Eric Nelson was the master of ceremonies.
DETAILS THAT WORKED: An event planner by trade, the bride was pleased with the look of the wedding, from the colors to the china and linens. “It wasn’t like a wedding,” she says. “It was a like a really cool special event.”
LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS: Rain forced the couple to move their outdoor wedding inside. “It actually worked out really well,” says Kathleen of the indoor vibe, which included a roaring fire and lots of candles. “It definitely made it more intimate and romantic.”
FOODIE HEAVEN: “We really wanted to have great food and drinks,” says Kathleen. With a mix of flamenco, world and salsa music playing in the background, guests dined on pancetta-wrapped prawns, polenta with tomato sauce and filet mignon with a potato gratin. The full bar included two specialty cocktails—a Cable Car and white sangria—and nonalcoholic lavender lemonade. It’s-Its were brought out near the end of the evening.