The love these two very dapper gentlemen share together fills us with such joy and emotion. Milo and Rafael gathered their guests at the luxurious Penthouse Suite at the Fairmont Hotel and treated them to incredible music, food and a night filled with dancing. And if the Mariachi band concluding the ceremony is any indication, this was an amazing celebration we know you’re going to love!
Photography by Page Bertelsen.
“Destiny somehow chose Friday June 26th, 2015 as our date to celebrate our union. We planned to have the ceremony on Saturday the 27th but were unable to get it for that day. So given the circumstances, we decided it was quite well with us for Friday. Not knowing that on the same day was the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the creation of the United Nations, which happens to be in the same penthouse we celebrated as well as the day the Supreme Court approved the nationwide right for marriage among loving human beings without restrictions of gender bias. This special day was given to us in order to witness humanity with a big sprinkle of joy and happiness, while we were having our pictures taken on the street, all passersby’s were genuinely happy for our union, it was very electrifying, cars passing by honking and their passengers with big smiles in their faces as well as giving 2 thumbs up.”
Your ceremony in three words. Love-inclusive, amazing, gratefulness.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We had the assistance of the team Kristi Amoroso Special Events, with Rebecca Johnson being our wedding planner. Our celebration was guided towards the inclusion of our millenarian cultures in a atmosphere free of promises, religion and templates. The importance was to endulge our guests with love, music, food and graceful people while we celebrate our love for each other.
Why did you choose this location for your ceremony? It was the view, encompassing the city landmarks; the penthouse accommodations which was shrouded with historic events and obviously the place, the heart of San Francisco.
What were your ceremony readings? We invited some friends and family members to stand and read a piece of poetry or an excerpt which supported our values.
What were your vows like? I wrote my desire to unite my life in matrimony without the obligation a promise implies. We were inspired by several books that expressed the importance of free will. The desire to experience every day of my life by the side of my amore, requires no obligation.
Who officiated your ceremony? How did you choose him/her? Frank Salisbury is a very close friend of us and registered minister. We feel very comfortable with him and naturally the choice was very easy.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? Ours traditions emphasized the values we cherish the most: love, family, friendship, trust.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? I’m unable to pin-point one favorite thing. I enjoyed every moment! The highlight was having our parents present celebrating our union.
“The moment our guests entered the venue, their senses were pampered: delicious beverages, tasty passed appetizers, exquisite string music, the fragrance from the gardenia flowers in the beautiful arrangements, the fantastic view of San Francisco from the Penthouse Suite, and the touch of love provided with every conversation. The flow of the event was seamless and free of stress; our night was enjoyment for everyone, surrounded by those who took the time and effort to be present at our celebration created an ambiance where love was ever present. We were aware of the good wishes and geniune thoughts of encouragement from our guests who weren’t able to be present.”
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? San Francisco inspired us in a way that represents both of our lives—being from 2 different countries and cultures.
Menu: Passed Canapés: Shrimp Ceviche in an English Cucumber Cup / Marin County Oysters with Champagne Mignonette / Local Dungeness Crab Cakes with Chipotle Lime Aioli / Mini Mac & Cheese Bites with White Truffle Oil & Chive // Appetizer: Jumbo Sea Scallops, Dungeness Crab Corn Risotto, Sautéed Organic Spinach, Cara Cara Orange Emulsion, Watercress Chive Essence // Salad: Mache & Powell Street Honey Marinated Mission Figs, Arugula, Toasted Pistachio, Prosciutto & Mt. Tam Brie, California Citrus Honey Vinaigrette / Pre-Selected Entree: Roasted Eggplant & Ricotta Roulade, Green Pea Mascarpone Risotto, Smoked Sweet Pepper Coulis, Summer Vegetables / Natural Seared Beef Tenderloin, Cabernet Braised Cipollini, Sauce Bordelaise, Parmesan Whpped Yukon Gold Potatoes / Lemon Roasted California Halibut Fillet, Crab Confit & Pickled Shallot Mash, French Beans, Lemon Balm Crema
What kind of cake or dessert did you serve? From Inticing Creations—chocolate raspberry truffle and caramelized pear pecan. Decorated with the Mexican and Irish flags along the Golden Gate Bridge. We also served a mixed berry claufouti with candied strawberries, almond streusel, and citrus Chantilly.
Cake by Inticing Creations.
What was your first dance song? “Sabor a mi”. But when the Mariachi entered at the end of the ceremony playing “El som de la Negra Bella”, it was too irresistible so we danced! We couldn’t help ourselves.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Right before our official first dance, there were lots of fireworks going off in the city at the precise moment. Pretty amazing—we all stopped to watch from the terrace.