Camille + Bill | Palace Hotel Wedding

In a little over than one hundred years after her great-grandparents, Camille and her fiancé Bill were married in a magnificent French Catholic Church of Notre Dame Des Victoires. Except beautiful architecture and interior with sky rising ceilings and red marble columns, this building has historic significance for both of their families. Camille is a fourth generation San Franciscan and Bill’s family is also from the Bay Area. Bill’s great-grandparents were married in this church in 1921, and his parents continued the tradition in 1973.

No one remembers when it has started for Camille and Bill, but they have been best friends since childhood. They met as young children through Bill’s cousin, who is also Camille’s good friend. It was always fun spending time together, hanging out with each other. But they didn’t think it could become something serious until 2007, when they realized that, they are true soul mates and can’t live without each other.

Camille and Bill have their own little tradition. They love Halloween, and always plan a silly coordinating couple’s costume. For Halloween 2012 Bill surprised his beloved girlfriend getting on one knee and pulling out a ring box from his Ghillie suit. He asked her to be his wife. Camille said yes and made him the happiest man in the world. But she had to re-do her under-eye camouflage make-up, of course, before they went to celebrate, but that’s a history now.

As a homage to their engagement, and because they love Halloween so much, the late night portion of Camille and Bill’s wedding was an early Halloween party, complete with costumes. All the guests were brought together by some “Thriller” moves on the dance floor in the Garden Court at the Palace Hotel, where the couple had their reception.

The Palace Hotel is a part of family tradition as well and, is a historic landmark for both families. Camille’s mother and father celebrated their marriage at the Palace Hotel in 1973, almost 41 years to the day before Camille and Bill did the same. In addition, Camille’s grandparents met at the Palace Hotel at USO-sponsored dance in 1939.

Under the bright light of chandeliers in the beautiful Palace Hotel family and friends raised their glasses for the great traditions and wished all the best in the world for the newlyweds.

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P + N | Beautiful Indian Wedding

They were both raised in the Bay Area, Northern California amidst a population of more than eight million other people. The odds of not finding each other, falling in love and entering into marriage were definitely high. But they found each other.

This love story is attributed to the office romance. They managed to co-exist in close proximity to one another, despite, an undeniable chemistry between the two of them. From being co-workers they became true friends. Their friendship in time grew into something even more special.

They are best friends, true companions by definition. P and N have a number of special friends, but when the other is around, their relationship transforms into something more special and indefinable. This undeniable chemistry that exists, enables them to achieve their desires. The great wine collection of theirs helps too! Also, P. is a huge hockey fan, and Sharks are her favorite team. Can you believe, she introduced her future fiancé to hockey on the first date!

Most people do not know, but they planned the Hindu ceremony, Catholic ceremony, reception, festivities and various logistics leading up to the wedding in less than four months! Why wait? Coincidently, we were the first vendor they booked.

During their Catholic ceremony, the priest almost omitted the key symbolism of marriage, the Exchanging of the Wedding Rings. N reminded him just before the signing of the license, Father humbly acknowledged to which he gestured to the organist to stop playing. Rings were exchanged. Father indicated to all present that the “oversight” has never occurred to him, performing over hundreds of marriages. N’s two-year old nephew Charlie took his role as Ring Bearer seriously, demonstrating “resolve and piety” in his duties displayed for all on the altar. After that was an Indian wedding ceremony tradition, called Baarat, when the groom’s side dances their way to the venue, and the groom rides on a horse or elephant. N, mindful of his Italian heritage, rode in on 483 Horses-blue Ferrari California Convertible. It was an awesome surprise!

N proposed to P. in Italy, in the seaside town Polignano a Mare, Apulia, Province of Bari at the romantic and majestic cave restaurant, the Grotta Palazzese, a natural preserved cave formation turned into a restaurant. He executed his plan with poise and precision. She thought she was accompanying him to Southern Italy on a short business trip, in the region of his surname. He said, “P., one day you will take my last name, ‘Mastrangelo,’ so, you should come with me because I want you to see the region where it originates.” He was serious. What happened next, P. remembers vividly, like it was yesterday. It was one of the most magical and the happiest time in their lives.

This is how P. remembers that wonderful day-“The moonlight glistened off the Adriatic as the waves crashed against the limestone cave formation around us and a soft sea breeze blew my hair over my eyes and cheek. N rose from his chair and approached my side of the table. He looked determined and handsome. He pushed the hair from my face, took my hand in his and spoke sweetly, “Come with me,” and then escorted me from my chair to the center of the Grotta Palazzese. He said something about something, or nothing about nothing. I’m not sure what he said exactly, because the noise grew softer as I began to sense the sincerity and magic of the moment. The world became quiet, as if we were the only two people in it, we were attuned; I noticed his every movement. N. reached into his pocket and slowly dropped to one knee. Our eyes met and we shared a lover’s gaze. In that next moment, in that breath, in those eyes, I realized he pledged his love, he vowed his heart – forever. I knew I loved him. I’ve been in love with him for quite sometime. “I have one more request to ask of you. P., my love, will you honor me as my wife? Will you marry me?” And the rest is present”. This is how it was for P. and N., and how it will stay in their hearts forever!

N. hired Italian photographers to capture every moment of the proposal. Like true paparazzi, they covertly photographed the happy couple that evening and like true paparazzi, the telephoto lenses and constant flash-focus caused quite the stir. Camera flashes drew whimsical glances, invited inquiry and created quite the buzz with fellow patrons. Their intrigue became an intrigue for everyone in the restaurant as they observed an increase in flash activity. N. even joked- “What, this isn’t the common occurrence whenever you go out?” Later, the owner of the place informed curious patrons that one of them was an American actor. P and N. still wonder which one of them.

What made their wedding special was the significance of the date 1/4; they had their wedding on 1/4/14. Numerically it commemorates the anniversary of their first date. Their favorite numbers are, easy to guess, 1 and 4. Another special moment was the presence of their parents and friends. It made their big day even happier. They love their parents dearly – without them the day would not have been as wondrous and meaningful. And they are happy they have amazing families and friends, whose support was incredible and well appreciated.

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Us for photography;

Wicked Entertainment – DJ and Lighting;

Dress Your Face: Make – up and Hair;

Nebulous Dream Productions – Videographer;

Le Meridien Hotel – Catering;

Bently Reserve (SF) and Fairmont Hotel (SJ) – Venues;

Cake – Coquette;

Say Ya – Photo Booth;

San Francisco Conservatory of Music;

Dreams on a Dime: Day-Of Wedding Coordinator;

Saints Peter and Paul Church (San Francisco).

  • Melissa - March 24, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    Incredible work as usual!

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