San Francisco City Hall: Jessica & Patti
Jessica & Patti met in 1989, spent 20 years apart, and then reunited via Facebook. Finally, they tied the knot at City Hall in San Francisco on August 12, 2013.
With them at San Francisco City Hall was a vintage Garfield that Jessica gave to Patti when they first met. When they reunited after 20 years, Jessica discovered that Patti had kept it all that time. “Garfield served as a powerful reminder of our past and the connection we had always shared even though there was a distance between us,” the brides said. “To acknowledge the importance of our past, our wedding rings have 3 diamonds — one to represent the past, one to represent the present and another to represent the future — and these are exact replicas of Patti’s parents’ rings,” they added.
Also with them at City Hall were 7 guests (the maximum allowed), including Jessica’s 84 year old grandmother, and a very dear friend that has been in Jessica and Patti’s lives throughout the 25 years they have known each other. After the ceremony they celebrated at Boulevard, a San Francisco restaurant housed in a historical building — the only local structure to have survived the 1906 earthquake and the fire that destroyed major portions of San Francisco. “We love the true San Francisco history of this building and it made an absolutely incredible day even more special than we could have anticipated,” the brides said. The entire day filled them with absolute joy. “The most special aspect of the celebration was seeing and experiencing the true joy and happiness that our family members had for our finally legal marriage,” they said.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.