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Steve Large | Julissa Ortiz
When: Aug. 28, 2009
Where: Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa, Pismo Beach
Anchors/reporters Steve Large and Julissa Ortiz met while working at KCOY, the CBS affiliate in Santa Maria. In 2006, Ortiz, a Sacramento native, moved back to the area to work at “Good Day Sacramento.” Six months later, Large followed, taking a job at CBS 13. The couple’s choice to return to Pismo Beach to marry outdoors at the Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa was significant. “We said our vows literally yards from where he asked me to be his girlfriend,” Ortiz says. The bride forewent walking down the aisle in favor of walking along the ocean-side cliff, then appearing beside Large. “All of a sudden, I’m like, ‘Hey,’” says Ortiz, referring to the signature, drawn-out greeting she gives on “Good Day Sacramento.” Most of the couple’s 175 guests were made up of Ortiz’s family, though fellow “Good Day” cohort Tina Macuha performed the ceremony. And paying homage to Ortiz’s Mexican heritage, a mariachi band played as the newly married couple walked together. Other details included Santa Maria-style barbecue—a local staple—for dinner and, having fun with Large’s name, the couple toasted with one extra-large champagne glass. Large and Ortiz—who are expecting their first child, a girl, this month—left planning the details of the wedding to a wedding coordinator, something Ortiz does not regret. “There were so many little surprises even for me. It was great.”
Barbara Lym | Alan Wong
When: Oct. 15, 2004
Where: Westin St. Francis, San Francisco
Serendipity Boutique owner Barbara Lym and restaurateur Alan Wong, who co-owns Cafeteria 15L, Ma Jong’s Asian Diner, The Park Ultra Lounge and MIX Downtown among other local establishments, couldn’t have picked a better day to get married on the top floor of the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco. “Both rooms had views and they were amazing,” says Lym.
It was the second marriage for both Lym and Wong—they met through the Chinese Golf Federation, a social golf club—so they had a smaller affair. If she could do it over again, Lym would invite a few more friends. “We could have had at least one more table,” she says.
Lym and Wong took dance lessons prior to the reception to prepare for the much-watched first dance. “That was the most nerve-wracking for me,” says Wong. “All I could think about was not messing up.”
Dancing went off without missing a beat, but the day wasn’t without its hitches. Wong ran over to nearby Neiman Marcus for help tying his tie (from a friend who worked there), and Lym forgot about putting on her veil until after her hair was all set. “I didn’t even wear it,” she says, noting time was running short.
The standout memory for the couple was “having everybody together in one space sharing the celebration,” says Lym. “You look through the room and see all the people who are so dear to you, and you’re in awe.”
Ginger Rutland | Don Fields
When: July 28, 1979
Where: Mendocino Headlands; reception at the Mendocino Hotel, Mendocino
Ginger Rutland, associate editor of The Sacramento Bee and member of The Sacramento Bee editorial board, and Don Fields, owner of RF Communications, a public relations/political consulting firm, had “noticed” one another, but they weren’t formerly introduced until Rutland’s brother, Billy—a friend of Fields’—suggested Fields accompany Rutland to a Chinese New Year’s celebration at Fat City in Old Sacramento in 1973. The couple married six years later in front of family and close friends. “It was one of those sparkling summer days on the coast of California,” Rutland recalls. The wedding party included Rutland’s twin sister, Patty-Jo; Fields’ daughter from his first marriage, Teresa, who was the flower girl; and Patty-Jo’s son, John, who was the ring bearer. “I pretended to throw my bouquet but I handed it to my only unwed sister at the time,” says Rutland.
In lieu of a long gown and veil, Rutland wore a short dress and a sprig of flowers in her hair. “This was 1979 and I had a big afro,” Rutland says. Fields wore a sports jacket and slacks. “He looked like a million bucks,” she reminisces. Rutland says everything went off as planned, though she admits getting the jitters when she drove up to the parking lot and saw Fields prior to the ceremony. “I said, ‘Get away, get away. You’re not supposed to see me on the wedding day.’” Rutland’s father, Bill, calmed her down. “He said, ‘Ginger, it’s not the wedding, it’s the marriage that is important.’”
“It was a very nice wedding,” says Rutland.
Gavin and Stacy Ferguson
When: July 1, 2010
Where: Vizcaya Pavilion & Mansion, Sacramento
Familial symbolism played a big role in the wedding of Gavin Ferguson, a member of 107.9 The End’s Wake Up Call, and wife, Stacy, a high school English teacher. Both the groom’s and best man’s boutonnieres had sprigs of rosemary in honor of Gavin’s mother, Rosemary. Gavin also wore his father’s and grandfather’s wedding rings under his vest, and his maternal grandfather’s cuff links. Stacy wore her great-great grandmother’s necklace and carried chrysanthemums—her grandmother’s favorite flower. “A lot of our grandparents have passed on so we did a lot of honoring our grandparents through symbolism in the wedding,” Gavin says. Gavin and Stacy took pride in having planned the wedding entirely by themselves. “I literally walked into the Vizcaya during the reception, and I looked around and thought . . . ‘It actually came together. There’s the centerpieces we picked out, there’s the linens; the bridesmaids are wearing the dresses we picked.’” Not surprisingly, music for the event was important to Gavin. “I wanted the music to suit both my and my wife’s personalities,” he says. Weezer’s “My Best Friend” played during the bridal party’s entrance, and Social Distortion’s “Story of My Life” closed the night. “At the very end of the wedding, I looked around and saw all of her family, all of my family, my friends . . . and I thought, ‘This is probably one of the greatest moments of my life.’”
Edie Lambert | Lloyd Levine
When: Sept. 21, 2008
Where: Columbia Tower Club, Seattle
Edie Lambert and Lloyd Levine married atop Seattle’s tallest building, affording views of Puget Sound and all of downtown Seattle. “It was really a beautiful wedding,” says Lambert, anchor/reporter at KCRA 3 and KQCA MY58.
But circumstances preceding it were less than idyllic. Lambert and Levine, president of the political consulting firm Filament Strategies, originally intended to marry in Sacramento. But six weeks prior to the wedding, Lambert grew concerned that her father, Charles Lambert, Ph.D., who lives in Seattle and is battling sarcoma, wouldn’t be up for the trip or the festivities because he was undergoing intensive treatment at the time. “It just became really clear to Lloyd and me that we had to cancel this big wedding and get married in Seattle,” says Lambert, who had considered postponing the wedding but abandoned it when her dad objected. “He was adamant. He did not want us to postpone.”
Lambert’s childhood friend, an event planner for Microsoft in Seattle, stepped into action, selecting venues and vendors for Lambert to choose from. Everything went smoothly, from the gorgeous site to the food and the flowers, but the most important thing to Lambert and Levine was family. Levine’s father, Larry Levine, underwent quadruple bypass surgery on July 3, 2008—on the same day Lambert’s father was diagnosed with cancer. “Our wedding really was a celebration not only of our love and our commitment, but of our families,” says Lambert, who gave birth to the couple’s first child, Alise Lilyanna, on Oct. 14. “Both of our dads were there and having a great time. That alone was a lot to celebrate.”
Julie and Sen. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg
When: June 23, 1991
Where: Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame; reception at the Clarion Hotel,
Sen. Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and his wife, Julie, were introduced by their mothers. But before they met, their lives already had intersected several times. Julie’s father was Darrell’s first pediatrician. Darrell’s father remembers serving salami and pickles to Julie’s mother at the family’s deli. And Julie’s first date as a teenager was with Darrell’s brother Jeff.
The couple married at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, the same synagogue they grew up attending. Darrell’s brother Rick co-officiated the wedding, along with the rabbi with whom Darrell performed his bar mitzvah and Julie performed her bat mitzvah.
The reception included lots of dancing, toasting and Jewish traditions including the Horah, where guests dance around the bride who is lifted up in a chair, usually by the groomsmen. “I loved it,” Darrell recalls. “Julie said, ‘Put me down.’”
Darrell recalls the sheer number of guests. “I remember there were so many people that when we got to the reception, we came in from one side of the reception area and not only never ate, we never saw the food.”
But he’s not complaining. “It was all for a good reason. Guests first,” he says of the 350 people in attendance. “It’s a moment in life where everybody who is important to you, who has been part of your life, is there celebrating with you. It’s amazing.”
Brian Van Camp | Diane Miller
When: Oct. 3, 1992
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church; reception at the Sutter Club, Sacramento
Diane Miller and Brian Van Camp had a unique take when it came to choosing their wedding attendants. “We chose couples whose marriages we admired,” says Miller, owner of the executive search and consulting firm Wilcox Miller & Nelson. “Being surrounded by people who loved us and supported us was different from choosing bridesmaids and groomsmen who didn’t know each other.”
The couple married at Westminster Presbyterian downtown. “Westminster church is such a pretty place and the ambiance was beautiful,” notes Van Camp, a superior court judge. “I loved the evening wedding part—it was fabulous,” says Miller of the black-tie, candlelit ceremony. A brass choir performed at the couple’s ceremony and classical music played during part of the evening reception at the Sutter Club, apropos for the couple whose mutual love (and support) of the now-defunct Sacramento Symphony is partially what brought them together. Yuba City Florist, whose credits/clients include the White House (during the Reagan administration), the late Princess Diana and the Rose Parade, did the flowers.
The only area where the duo differed: the guest list. “I wanted small and we settled at 75, but I wanted smaller than that,” says Miller. “Brian wanted 300 or more.”
“I would have had several hundred more people,” Van Camp chimes in. Yet both agree it was nice to be able to spend time with close friends at the reception. “We had time to talk with the people and celebrate with them,” says Miller.