Real Weddings: Vince Olson and Ron Ripley

A dream come true.



A dream come true: Vince Olson and Ron Ripley

Bently Reserve, San Francisco

Vince Olson and Ron Ripley met in 1999 at Club 1220 in Walnut Creek. At first, Ron found Vince to be a little “aloof,” but as the night unfolded, they began to click. Soon, the two were dating. One night, while coming home from a friend’s rehearsal dinner in San Francisco, Vince unexpectedly pulled off at the Orinda exit and found a spot on the side of the road. He said to Ron, “I think I’m falling in love with you.”

When their relationship survived and thrived through a trip to New Orleans—and when Vince bought Ron a road bike so he could do the AIDS LifeCycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles—the couple bonded completely.

After a year and a half, they bought a house in Martinez, and found their dream home in Walnut Creek a couple of years later. In 2009, Vince and Ron adopted Shasta, a black Lab pup, and the family was settled.

Proposition 8 was struck down in 2013, and the couple had already planned a European vacation, with two nights in Paris. Ron made a reservation at Lapérouse for a salon privé, a single-table dining room with a velvet couch. After dinner, Vince was served a ruby confection with spun sugar, a ring, and the question “Will you marry me?” in French. He said yes.

Their relaxed September wedding in the round at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco included a photo booth, where Vince and Ron were captured planting kisses on Ron’s 92-year-old grandmother’s cheeks.

 

Photos by SHERMAN CHU

Caterer: Le Méridien, San Francisco  |  Dessert: Kara’s Cupcakes, Walnut Creek and Melinda's Marvels  |  Entertainment: Big Fun Disc Jockeys, Cupertino  |  Flowers: Church Street Flowers, San Francisco  |  Invitations: echoletterpress.com  |  Lighting: Got Light, San Francisco  |  Linens: La Tavola, San Francisco  |  Photo Booth: Say Ya Photobooth, San Francisco  |  Photographer: Sherman Chu, Danville  |  Planner: Dreams on a Dime, San Francisco  |  Rentals: Hartmann Studios, Richmond  |  Venue: Bently Reserve, San Francisco  |  Wedding Logo: chykalophia.com