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Christin Mary Hokenstad Kos & Patrick Kos

Good things are worth the wait! Silicon Valley couple Christin Mary Hokenstad Kos and Patrick Kos were officially married at San Francisco City Hall six years ago, but waited to have a wedding celebration until February 17, 2018. In the meantime, the globetrotting couple has lived in multiple locations and had two adorable sons, Luke and Leif.

The couple enlisted the help of events expert Gillian Shenon to bring their dream wedding to life. Notes Shenon, “They wanted a wedding that celebrated the guests as well as the couple.” Guests traveled from Sao Paulo, Shanghai, Prague, Zurich, Sioux Falls, Boston, New York, and Los Angeles for the special day. “We created a warm and cozy wintery environment with a little shimmer for Christin,” says Shenon, “by incorporating gold sparkle within the paper items for the table; that and the bold red of the flowers by Mill Valley Flowers brought life to the woodsy rooms at the reception location—Pelican Inn in Muir Beach. For Patrick, we hunted down the best lemon tart imaginable for the wedding dessert.”

The couple hired a magician and babysitters for the children, shuttles to and from the reception, and made sure there were accommodation options to meet all guest budgets. Notes Christin, “We knew that only if our guests were cared for could we enjoy ourselves.”


Special Touches 

The Gown

Based on a classic cheongsam, Christin’s lovely gown was handmade in Shanghai.

Music & Dance

The couple danced to “If the Stars Were Mine” by Melody Gardot,
and then lyrics were handed out to Coldplay’s “Sky Full of Stars”
so that everyone could sing and dance together.

Winter Luxury

Event designer Gillian Shenon kept the look of the wedding
natural with a hint of glamour. Winter in Marin lends itself to natural
evergreen and berries, candlelight, and firelight.


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