Mary Beth + Rich in San Jose: Silicon Valley Capital Club Wedding - Grier Cooper Photography

Mary Beth + Rich in San Jose: Silicon Valley Capital Club Wedding

Mary Beth and Rich’s Silicon Valley Capital Club wedding was an emotional, loving, and fun evening… with exquisite views. The club is located in the heart of downtown San Jose, on the 17th floor, just a short walk away from the Fairmont Hotel, where the couple and most of their guests were staying. A springtime San Jose Silicon Valley Capital Club wedding offers views of downtown and the surrounding hills, which are lush and green that time of year.

Mary Beth and Rich found each other later in life,  and it’s clear the two adore each other. During the time leading up to their ceremony, each wondered aloud at how the other was doing (they had opted not to see each other before the ceremony, so were sequestered in separate rooms). When it became apparent that no one knew how to tie Rich’s bowtie, Mary Beth asked around the Capital Club for help. Luckily Rich’s son, Matt, came to the rescue at the last minute. In the meantime, a group of Mary Beth’s close friends and sisters crowded into her hideout room to give her their good wishes.

The ceremony was held outside on the terrace, officiated by the couple’s long time friend, Kevin Daroca. Although this was the first time Kevin had officiated a wedding (possible through California’s Deputy Marriage Commissioner For a Day  program) everyone later agreed he should make officiating a full-time gig! A wedding at the San Jose Silicon Valley Capital Club was a great place to get started.

During the ceremony, family and friends stood and spoke popcorn style, offering the couple their top 10 list of the best marriage advice. The final piece was given by Mary Beth’s 90-year-old mother, who flew in from Nebraska for the occasion, followed by readings from Mary Beth’s daughter, Lizzy, and friend, Sharon. Just before it was time to exchange rings, bride and groom  read ” Blessing of the Hands”  aloud and had the crowd in tears.

The couple’s exit after the ceremony was one of the best I’ve seen, and so much fun to photograph!

The reception was held indoors, with tables arranged in a classic horseshoe shape. The color theme of blush and cream was accented by lovely floral arrangements of pink roses, and crystal teardrop candelabras. The wedding cake was stationed in a secluded alcove with incredible views of downtown. Was it more beautiful by day or by night… we’ll let the viewer decide.

After a meal time blessing, DJ Sugar Ray acted as emcee for the evening, and kept a lively banter in between toasts. He also came up with a creative alternative, asking guests to share favorite stories about the couple. A handful of friends and several of Mary Beth’s siblings shared sweet and heartfelt anecdotes, and there was even a moment of sibling scuffle between brother and sister, which anyone with siblings could appreciate.

After the couple’s first dance, they headed over to the cake table. What a cake! What a view behind the cake! As the couple cut and shared their first slice, city lights twinkled behind them. As is custom, Mary Beth playfully offered a bite of cake to Rich… before changing tactics and eating it herself!

Mary Beth and Rich’s Silicon Valley Capital Club wedding was a perfect representation of the couple. Wishing you every happiness together in the years to come!

 

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Wedding Venue/Coordination: Nila Gomez, Silicon Valley Capital Club // Music: DJ Sugar Ray //

May 10, 2018

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  1. Mary Beth

    May 22nd, 2018 at 5:15 am

    Grier, you are amazing. There are so many photos which Rich and I just love! Your ability to capture the fun and emotions from behind the lens of your camera is so rare.
    We love your blog and are so happy to have your own words wrapping up the wedding evening. Just one questions: Where DO we put all the photos we want to order? We are so grateful for you. Thank you!

  2. Grier Cooper

    May 30th, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Marybeth, I’m so glad you love your photos- I loved being a part of your wedding! I’ll be in touch about next steps:)

  3. griercooper@gmail.com

    March 6th, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Mary Beth: I loved every minute of your wedding day! It was beautiful and rich with emotion…it was my honor to be a part of it.

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