Real Weddings: Amy Hotaling and Jim Kehrig

Country club classic.

Country club classic: Amy Hotaling and Jim Kehrig

Diablo Country Club, Diablo

Amy Hotaling knew by their second date that Jim Kehrig was the one. The two watched a movie at his place—Cool Runnings, his favorite—and after he dropped her off, he sent her a text telling her what a great time he had.

 “It was a gut feeling: I could tell he liked me, too,” says Amy, the daughter of the owners of Christe James Fine Jewelry Works in downtown Danville. “He was a major gentleman. And I thought, ‘Oh, he’s done for.’ ”

Jim—who works in his family’s Danville real estate business—proposed on Christmas morning a year and a half later, in a characteristically goofy stunt that required Amy to dig through the pockets of a pair of his corduroy pants that she couldn’t stand.

Their search for a wedding venue took them around the Bay Area—from Livermore wine country to Napa—but they felt most at home at the Diablo Country Club, where they were drawn to the estate’s old-world charm.

Amy and Jim married there in May, at the fifth hole, with 160 friends and family at their sides—including many of the pals who were with them at McGah’s Pub and Pianos in Danville on the night they met.

Amy says the day went by in a flash, but she can sum it up in one word: happy.


James Brian Studios

Entertainment: Brian Fitzsimmons, 21st Century Sounds, Alamo  |  Flowers: Delford West Flowers, Livermore  |  Hair: Taylor Cercone, Lafayette  |  Makeup: Tylar Leonard and Kathryn Horen, Pleasanton  |  Minister: Reverend Tim Mills, Pinole  |  Photographer: James Brian Studios, Walnut Creek  |  Rentals: Gagnon’s Party Rentals, DanvilleTransportation: Black Tie Transportation, Pleasanton  |  Photo Booth: Photobooth Royale, Emeryville  |  Planner: Lindsay Lauren Events, Danville