Real Weddings: Jessica Ponce & Aldo Basurto

A Toast to Love.

Mission Dolores, San Francisco; Palm Event Center, Pleasanton

Jessica Ponce almost went to the wrong nightclub on the evening she met The One.

She and her cousins were headed for a night of dancing at the San Francisco club Slide, when the group decided at the last minute to go to Heights Ultra Lounge instead.

“I was not very pleased about the change of plans,” says Jessica, laughing. “Little did I know, I was about to meet the man of my dreams!”

At Heights, Jessica bumped into Aldo Basurto. The pair had much in common: Jessica and Aldo were both born in San Francisco, but had moved east to the suburbs. There was instantaneous chemistry, and the pair fell quickly, deeply in love.

Once engaged, Jessica and Aldo planned a wedding around two key components of their relationship: San Francisco and wine.  

“We had a traditional Catholic Mexican ceremony incorporating traditions such as the unity cord, coins, and couple’s prayer,” says Jessica, describing the ceremony at Mission Dolores in San Francisco.

The reception was held at Pleasanton’s Palm Event Center. “[It] was not only a breathtaking and amazing venue, but it really connected with our love for wine,” says Jessica. “It has a Tuscany feel.”

Because their big day required considerable logistics—Mission Dolores is 46 miles from the Palm Event Center, and they also stopped for photos in the Financial District—the San Ramon couple got help to make sure things ran smoothly.

“A wedding planner was well worth the investment,” says Aldo. “We were able to enjoy every minute of the day.”

Stacey Pentland

Stacey Pentland

Stacey Pentland

Stacey Pentland


Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal, New York (ceremony); Janene’s Bridal Boutique, Alameda (reception)  |  Cake: Kristie’s Cake Creations, San Ramon  |  Entertainment: Sal Delgado, San Francisco (DJ)  |  Flowers: Nicole Ha Designs, San Jose  |  Hair: Taylor Cercone, I Do DryStyle, Lafayette  |  Invitations: Papercake Designs, San Francisco  |  Makeup: Marina and Deeba from Mac, Nordstrom  |  Photographer: Stacey Pentland, Walnut Creek  |  Planner: Cierra Lockwood, Dreams on a Dime, San Francisco