The historic Filoli Estate, a National Trust property in Woodside, has been close to Mimi Huggins’ heart for as long as she can remember. She notes, “My grandfather Chuck and grandmother Mime were devoted supporters of Filoli and its beautiful gardens.” Mimi never thought she’d have a chance to get married at Filoli, but recent changes at the historic property made it possible. The bride (daughter of Pam and Chip Huggins) and groom (son of Beppie and Bob Cerf) decided to seize the opportunity and made their nuptials a celebration of the full beauty of Filoli and its grounds. Cocktails and photos were taken in the gardens, the ceremony was held outside the historic tea house, dinner took place in front of the mansion, and dancing commenced in the elegant ballroom.
The bride notes, “When everyone was seated for dinner, we entered the courtyard reception through Filoli’s front doors and down the stairs. One of the most magical moments of the evening was walking out and seeing everyone seated under the beautiful twinkling lights and being introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Cerf for the first time.”
In addition to the father of the bride, Mimi and Jake asked their siblings and two close friends to give toasts during dinner. Says Mimi, “My brother, Chuck, and sister, Anna, got up and did a roast complete with slide show with embarrassing childhood photos. My brother even went to my childhood orthodontist to procure the worst photos he could find . . . I’ve never laughed so hard.”
Mimi tied her Grandmother’s white and blue monogrammed
handkerchief around her bouquet as her something blue.
Music & Sweets
Mimi walked down the aisle to Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World,”
a favorite song of her Grandpa Chuck’s and one he sang often.
She notes, “We also placed little boxes of See’s Candies at each place setting, a special
touch in honor of Grandpa Chuck, who worked at See’s for many years.”
Down the Aisle
Notes Mimi, “Jake and I are the youngest of four and three, respectively,
so we have seven nieces and nephews between the two of us. We were lucky enough to
have three of our nieces as flower girls and two of our nephews as
ring bearers—and they were the cutest walking down the aisle together.”