The end of May marks the beginning of gorgeous weather in the San Francisco Bay Area; it was the perfect weekend for Jacqui and Dan’s Piatti Mill Valley wedding. The venue–a successful restaurant for more than 20 years– overlooks the Richardson Bay waterfront. This was a stunning setting for the couple’s intimate wedding celebration.
Jacqui and her mom, Sharon, got ready together at Acqua Hotel, conveniently located a couple of blocks away. The room was a serene shade of blue with a sweet little sun terrace that gave it the feel of a private sanctuary. Jacqui sipped champagne while her stylist pulled together a casually sophisticated updo.
The bride’s bouquet was delivered as mother and daughter helped each other with the finishing touches. The two women shared excited laughter while heading to the ceremony site at Piatti. It was a little bit tricky keeping Jacqui hidden from Dan until the ceremony started. She had to make a run for it to get into place without being seen!
Shortly before the ceremony began, Jacqui’s father sang “At Last” with the band. Moments later, Dan was all smiles as he stood near the chuppah, waiting for her to come down the aisle. The procession began with both sets of grandparents, followed by Dan’s parents. Jacqui was escorted by both her mother and father, who handed her off to Dan. The couple walked the last few steps to the chuppah together.
The couple’s interfaith wedding ceremony included elements of a traditional Jewish celebration, including sharing a cup of wine, and exchanging rings and vows. The final element was the traditional breaking of the glass. It’s said that the marriage is not complete unless the groom breaks the glass by stomping on it. Happily, Dan was determined and successful!
It was surprisingly windy after the ceremony when we left the building to do group shots. Rather than ruining multiple hairdos, family formal shots by the water didn’t happen as originally planned. However, things were miraculously calm a couple of hours later. Jacqui and Dan got the golden hour photos along the waterfront they had dreamed about.
After speeches by Jackie’s mother and father, and Dan’s grandmother, the real party began. It all started with the hora. The hora is always a hoot-so much great energy and laughter. This time low ceilings and large overhead lights upped the ante for a potentially hazardous situation! A few diligent guests guided the chair bearers around the obstacles and the hora was a great success.
Afterward, things got pretty animated on the dance floor. A live band is always a treat, but this group had some real superstars. The lineup included Philip “Roscoe” Gallo and saxophone player Jules Broussard. The bride and groom lead the way with their first dance, followed by the mother–son and father-bride dances. Not long after, almost every other person in the room headed out to show their stuff. I’ve never seen a dance floor remain packed for so many hours! As one guest shared, “It’s a good thing there’s an end time to this event, otherwise this group would keep going all night long.”
As the final light of evening begin to fade, Jackie and Dan shared a slice of cake, which was pretty comical. The evening ended with more dancing until the couple’s final exit, a bubble sendoff. It was a spectacular finish to Jacqui and Dan’s Piatti Mill Valley wedding…a truly beautiful day.
Wedding Venue: Piatti Mill Valley // Wedding Planner: Sheryl Denker Events // Officiant: Batshir Torchio// Floral Design: Mill Valley Flowers // Cake: Krumbs Cakes // Rentals: Big 4 Party Rentals // Dance Floor: Bickner Dance Floors // Hairstylist: Cooper Alley Salon // Jacqui’s Dress: Anthropologie // Day-of Coordinator: Dominique Harroch Events
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