It all began with a special proposal on September 16, 2012 that I am honored to be able to share. Renee and Damian planned to run a 5k race together that the San Francisco Giants put on to raise money and awareness for Project Open Hand - if you have never heard of this organization, please check it out! Now let me pause to state that saying this couple is a huge Giants fan is a grand understatement, so it's no surprise that the events to follow occurred. The couple stood in line at AT&T Park, where the race began and concluded, waiting and talking about how they were going to run it together. To Renee's surprise, when the race began, Damian took off. As Renee neared the end in AT&T park, she spotted Damian patiently waiting for her so they could cross the finish line as a team. The couple finished together, and shortly after, walked over to the Giants dugout to get their picture taken. Just as the picture was being taken, Renee looked over to see Damian down on one knee holding up a box with a beautiful diamond ring. (For those of you wondering how he ran a 5k with a ring box, he had it taped to his calf the entire time!) Damian told Renee how much he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her, followed by those four breathtaking words, "Will you marry me?" Cheering and whistling from all around, and, of course, Renee said yes! What a romantic way to start this Giants-themed happy ending.
Renee and Damian were married on September 21, 2013. Their 140 guests gathered in the Plaza Park Ballroom for the Ceremony where pops of orange could already be seen in the alter flowers and bridesmaids' dresses. The guests then enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the Scandal Lounge while the wedding party took advantage of our urban setting for photo opportunities. The couple's passion for the Giants could then be seen in the Reception on the Metropolitan Terrace. Guests entered with ballgame tickets leading them to their "Section" and left the evening with black and orange baseball themed candy, a baseball favor from Renee and Damian, and the memories of this magical night. A theme can be truly romantic and transformative when the guests can be brought in to what brought a couple together - and if you are a Giants fan that was just an added bonus at this wedding.