In April 2000, Kathryn Kalabokes was waitressing at a restaurant in the newly opened Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. Joseph Della Cella was working for a sports radio station and on one of his trips there, they met. Ten years later, Joe, now the director of communications for a nonprofit organization, surprised Kathryn with a proposal at the stadium. She thought they were attending an event there, but instead Joe walked her down to home plate and popped the question.
Kathryn, who now owns Dream A Little Dream Events, a wedding-planning and design company, got to work on their December 30, 2011, wedding, with a plan to showcase their beloved city by the Bay and the romance it spurred.
Kathryn and Joe asked a friend, Gregory Moore, to serve as their wedding officiant. They worked together to create the service, including undergoing "Barbara Walters style" interviews. Gregory peppered their answers and reflections throughout the ceremony. The couple wrote their own vows, too. After officially becoming husband and wife, they stepped off the stage and walked up the aisle to “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.
Dinner began with caramelized Warren pear salad and pumpkin ravioli with butternut squash and Lacinato kale. A choice of entrée followeed: filet mignon with patatas, heirloom carrots, wilted chard, red wine sauce, and onion strings; blue nose sea bass with patatas, cauliflower, wilted chard, avgolemono, and skordalia; or Pave d'Aubergine confit (grilled eggplant, tomato, and Moroccan harissa stack) with cauliflower, quinoa, and pine-nut cheese.
The tables were decorated with of peony, dusty miller, and cyclamen centerpieces. Small candle lamps and votives added a warm glow to the ballroom.
Photography: Kate Harrison Photography
Location: Bimbo's 365 Club
Wedding planning and coordination: Dream A Little Dream Events
Catering: Betty Zlatchin Catering
Flowers: Melissa Comito of A Simple Ceremony
Calligraphy: Michele Papineau
Cake: Branching Out Cakes
Videography: Sandbox Love
Lighting: Got Light?
Engagement ring and wedding bands: Macy's
Hair and makeup: Meaganne McCandess
Valet Parking: California Parking