Weddings BBCA, Winter/Fall 2013 : Page 92

San FranciSco wedding Jayme & Slater Traaen, a commercial real estate manager and former basketball player for The University of San Diego, tells a different version of the story (he claims they’d met at a bar a few weeks prior, when she joined a group of their mutual friends). The conflicting tale of their first meeting was the only hiccup in a long relationship, which included moves to San Diego, Orange County and, finally, New York. But after Traaen’s surprise proposal, Gruetzmacher found herself faced with a series of hurdles. First came the long search for a wedding dress. Gruetzmacher scoured bridal stores for eight months, rejecting nearly 200 options before her boss spied something in Town & Country he thought would be perfect. Though it wasn’t a traditional wedding dress, the elegant Carolina Herrera silk gazar gown with wide stripes of gold and silver was original and chic. And, after many West Coast scouting trips, the couple visited Pacific Heights’ Flood Mansion in San Francisco and deemed its dramatic views of the bay to be the perfect backdrop for an event that was equal parts classic and contemporary. The day began with a classic San Francisco moment involving the city’s famed hills. Gruetzmacher and her maid of honor arrived at a picturesque spot atop the Lyon Street stairs in Pacific Heights to meet the photographer for pre-wedding pictures. But the steep drive to their chosen location proved to be too much for the bus carrying Traaen, the groomsmen and the bridesmaids. It sputtered to a stop, leaving the group stranded. Determined, they flagged down cars to hitch a ride to the stairs. They arrived late—but none the worse for wear—and the bride and groom got their first unforgettable glimpses of each other, Gruetzmacher radiant in her dress, Traaen handsome in a custom tux by District Homme. The simple elegance of this black-tie wedding was exactly the celebration the couple, who danced to “Crazy Love,” by Van Morrison, had intended it to be. Fueled by Spicy Dogs (greyhounds given a kick with chili pepper) and the energy of the band, the dance Even the famously steep hills of San Francisco couldn’t stop this couple on their big day. | By Abigail Stone | Photography by Josh Gruetzmacher | For some brides, finding their dream groom proves elusive. Not for Jayme Gruetzmacher, a recruitment manager at Christie’s, the auction house, and a former model during college. As she tells it, she and her groom-to-be, Slater Traaen, met when she took initiative and introduced herself at a Super Bowl party. Clockwise from top: The groom and his groomsmen lined up to begin the ceremony; the rotunda at Flood Mansion offered spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge; the wedding cake, by Abby’s Bake Sale, echoed the bustle of Gruetzmacher’s Carolina Herrera gown. Opposite page: The bride and groom. 92 Modern LUXUrY BrideS caLiFornia | F a ll / W i n t E r 20 1 3

Jayme & Slater

Abigail Stone

Even the famously steep hills of San Francisco couldn't stop this couple on their big day.

For some brides, finding their dream groom proves elusive. Not for Jayme Gruetzmacher, a recruitment manager at Christie's, the auction house, and a former model during college. As she tells it, she and her groom-to-be, Slater Traaen, met when she took initiative and introduced herself at a Super Bowl party.

Traaen, a commercial real estate manager and former basketball player for The University of San Diego, tells a different version of the story (he claims they'd met at a bar a few weeks prior, when she joined a group of their mutual friends). The conflicting tale of their first meeting was the only hiccup in a long relationship, which included moves to San Diego, Orange County and, finally, New York. But after Traaen's surprise proposal, Gruetzmacher found herself faced with a series of hurdles. First came the long search for a wedding dress. Gruetzmacher scoured bridal stores for eight months, rejecting nearly 200 options before her boss spied something in Town & Country he thought would be perfect. Though it wasn't a traditional wedding dress, the elegant Carolina Herrera silk gazar gown with wide stripes of gold and silver was original and chic. And, after many West Coast scouting trips, the couple visited Pacific Heights' Flood Mansion in San Francisco and deemed its dramatic views of the bay to be the perfect backdrop for an event that was equal parts classic and contemporary.

The day began with a classic San Francisco moment involving the city's famed hills. Gruetzmacher and her maid of honor arrived at a picturesque spot atop the Lyon Street stairs in Pacific Heights to meet the photographer for pre-wedding pictures. But the steep drive to their chosen location proved to be too much for the bus carrying Traaen, the groomsmen and the bridesmaids. It sputtered to a stop, leaving the group stranded. Determined, they flagged down cars to hitch a ride to the stairs. They arrived late—but none the worse for wear—and the bride and groom got their first unforgettable glimpses of each other, Gruetzmacher radiant in her dress, Traaen handsome in a custom tux by District Homme.

The simple elegance of this black-tie wedding was exactly the celebration the couple, who danced to "Crazy Love," by Van Morrison, had intended it to be.Fueled by Spicy Dogs (greyhounds given a kick with chili pepper) and the energy of the band, the dance floor remained crowded all night. One enthusiastic guest even ripped his tuxedo pants dancing. "Our friends do it big," says Gruetzmacher. When the reception was over, a new bus ferried everyone back to the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel, where the party continued into the wee hours at Top of the Mark. The perfect end to a fairy-tale day.

The List

Venue Flood Mansion
Catering LRE Catering
Day-of Wedding Coordinator
Elise Paisnel of Dream a
Little Dream Events
Flowers Haute Blossoms
Lighting Classic Party Rentals
Music Jump Start Your Party
Hotel InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Transportation Mosaic
invitations Village Invites, NYC
Cake Abby's Bake Sale
Prosecco Minetto
Gown Carolina Herrera
Shoes Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids Dresses Jenny Yoo
His Shoes Brooks Brothers
His Shirt Leung's Tailor, NYC
His Tux District Homme
Makeup Alli Stubbs
Hair Christopher Holgar Dineson

Clockwise from top: The groom and his groomsmen lined up to begin the ceremony; the round a at Flood Mansion offered spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge; the wedding cake, by Abby's Bake Sale, echoed the bustle of Gruetzmacher's Carolina Herrera gown.Opposite page: The bride and groom.

Clockwise from top: Bridesmaids wore gowns by Jenny Yoo; the bride and groom shared a kiss on the balcony at Flood Mansion; the flower girlled the bride down the aisle with ivory rose petals; hand-calligraphed place cards. Opposite page: the maid of honor and a close friend helped the bride dress for the ceremony.

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/Jayme+%26amp%3B+Slater/1433461/164232/article.html.

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