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.