Picture yards and yards of white silk organza draped against the dark wood of historic Sausalito Presbyterian Church, and white orchids, full garden roses and hydrangeas cascading from wedding pillars.
Picture a bride dressed in the finest lace and an eight foot Spanish mantilla, her bouquet fastened with a band of rhinestones and an antique jewel.
These are visions of the wedding of Julia and Carlos. The wedding party included a Bible Boy, a Candle Carrying Boy, and a Bell Ringer. Bridesmaids wore raspberry colored dresses with navy satin sashes. They carried huge fragrant “Yves Piaget” garden rose bouquets.
The ceremony was performed by two Pastors who spoke in Spanish. Family members lighted candles. Piano and organ music rang through the church and an original wedding song serenaded the couple as they lighted a Unity Candle.
The ceremony continued on the church steps as all the guests watched the bride and groom release two beautiful white doves that were soon joined by ten more. The doves circled the church in formation three times before they flew north heading back home to Glen Ellen.
The celebration continued at the Flood Mansion in San Francisco.