Grace, Administrator in Finance & Paul, Transportation Engineer
One sentence sum-up of the wedding vibe: All of our loved ones coming together in a beautiful setting, sharing a day filled with laughter, love, and quite a few tears.
Soundtrack for reading: “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King
Other Cool Stuff we should know about
We had our rehearsal dinner on the outdoor patio at À Côté Restaurant, our favorite date night spot in Oakland. During one of the toasts, a hummingbird landed for a couple minutes over us. How often to do you see a hummingbird, let alone one that isn’t whirling around? My friend quickly noted that the hummingbird is a symbol of vibrancy and life in myriad cultures. Receiving this omen really resonated with us throughout our wedding weekend. We were surrounded by our best friends and family, all of whom had been there for us when Paul underwent chemotherapy the previous year. The love and support we’ve received in the good times and bad—along with seeing that bird perched above—provided us with an overwhelming sense of comfort, care, and calm.
Favorite Thing about the wedding
Seeing each other for the first time at the Claremont Hotel and later in the night, taking a moment to absorb all of our guests’ smiling faces of joy.