Married October 18, 2014Though the wedding of Hilary Leffler and Daniel Price culminated in a breathtaking fireworks display, the beginning of their relationship was more like a gentle smolder. “Danny and I met at work, of all places, and things slowly developed from there,” explains Hilary. With Danny’s shy disposition and Hilary’s mom being his boss, the start-up for the couple was a little complicated. However, friends became best friends, best friends became more, and the rest all eventually fell into perfect place.
Engaged in March of 2014, the couple decided on a fall wedding. Planning, therefore, began in earnest. Trusting Hilary’s vision implicitly, Danny left most of the design to his fiancée, but was present for the food tastings.The couple was very committed to getting married at ‘home,’ in the church in which Hilary was raised and Dan had joined. The Greek Orthodox Church meant so much to the couple due to its sacred traditions and beautiful Greek ceremony. They felt immensely blessed to be able to have their wedding there.The theme for the decorations initially came from the linens from La Tavola, and that gave Hilary inspiration to use gold, black, and white décor elements. Hilary envisioned having the entire room draped and then up-lighted to entirely transform the space.
Tammy, their coordinator, switched the chandeliers at Del Rio with white lanterns to continue the warm and elegant feel the ceremony began and reception would continue. Tammy also surprised the couple by designing their initials into the center of the parquet black and white dance floor, which was such a personal touch. The flowers were designed to be artistic and simple, using a variety of levels and assortment of flowers on the tables.
One of Hilary’s favorite elements of the wedding was her dress. She initially found the design online and sent it to Mira at Mira Bridal Couture to see if it could be brought in. Mira’s answer was destiny. She had just gotten the dress into the store and pulled it to reserve it for Hilary. The bride-to-be came in for her appointment, fell in love with the dress, picked out shoes and accessories, and called it a day. Hilary explains, “That dress was the reason I felt like a bride on my wedding day. It was beautiful, magical, and helped set the tone for the entire day. Mira did an awesome job, and I am so grateful.”
Because everyone that was invited to share in Hilary and Dan’s day had had some impact on each of their lives, they wanted to give their guests an experience they would never forget. The attire was black tie, each guest got a personalized menu, and the tables were draped in gold-sequined floor-length cloths. As guests arrived at the reception they were greeted by the Men’s A Cappella Group from UC Berkeley. The patio and hallway were laden with gourmet cheese presentations from O’Brien’s and an endless assortment of traditional Greek treats. Guests were treated to ice carvings of the couple’s names, vintage furniture positioned on the lawn under canopies of white lanterns, and a poet that typed personalized poems on a classic typewriter for each and every guest.Oh yes, and the guests shared in the grand finale firework show that symbolized the love of a couple that had started slowly, but that was now a breathtaking example for all of their friends and family.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Del Rio Country Club
WTOO by Watters
Mira Bridal Couture
WEDDING PARTY DRESSES
Maid of Honor, Zac Posen
Bridesmaids, Monique Lhuillier and Jenny Yoo
SUITS & TUXEDOS
Weddings by Guru
Acapella Group, UC Berkeley Men’s Octet
Electric Violinist, Gabi Holzwarth
Live Band, Notorious
Lights & Draping, Event Pros Productions
Linens, La Tavola Fine Linen Rental
Furniture & Seating, Hatmann Studios & The Find Rentals
Just Cake, Marina Sousa
Handmade Greek Pastries
Tammy Cunha,Infinite Creations
Amber Allen & Katie Root, Del Rio Country Club
Custom Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs, Table Numbers, Personalized Menu Cards, & Napkins
HAIR & MAKE-UP
Kelly Carraway, Gloss Salon
Cigar Bands, iCustomLabel, Etsy.com
Seating chart etched on glass and cigar bar sign, BeeCuriousDesigns, Etsy.com
Watch, Edward’s Jewelers