Congratulations Kelly and Chris! We are so excited for the two of you and your families. Your book is so reflective of all that you’ll need for a long and happy life together: strong family ties and loving, supportive friends. Now, where’s the page dedicated to Gio? While that is being designed; we want to commend you, Chris for endearing and surviving Ma and Pa Bing’s intense interrogation of your intentions. We can’t imagine a greater affirmation of your love for Kelly and we can’t wait to meet you!
I couldn't be happier for my Grandson and his lovely bride-to-be! I'm looking forward to July 21st, 2018!
Congratulations to you both. I love your story book!
Congratulations to both of you! This will be a great celebration, with family and friends cheering you on. Can’t wait to toast to your future! love, Glenn, Julie and Haley
Congratulations, Kelly and Chris! You two are perfect for each other... both loving and kind, helpful and genuine, generous and thoughtful of others, and all around the best kind of people that we are lucky to call our friends! Thank goodness you both found each other--with a little bit of help, of course ;). We are so excited for you two to start this next chapter of your lives together and we wish you both a lifetime of happiness, lots of love, and babies (twins!), Congratulations and cheers to the future O'Connors! Love, Vanessa & Tonichi Lorenzana
We have reserved a block of rooms for you to choose from and included affiliate links. Please make arrangements accordingly, as the rooms may book up as we get closer to the wedding date.
The Lodge Room Block details:
The Cottage only has 9 rooms total- we do not have a wedding block reserved there. It is first come, first serve for 1 or 2 nights. Rooms range from $325-$425 plus tax. It is more like a BNB and rooms vary based on size and number of guests.
Thank you for being a special part of our lives. We are grateful to have such wonderful family and friends. Thank you for joining us in celebrating this happy time in our lives.
Joey and “Baby” Ali are Erin and Steve’s children making them Chris and Kelly’s nephew and niece. Joey, also known as, “Luke” from Star Wars, is 4 years old and loves trucks, building blocks, Star Wars and dancing. Joey is a wonderful big brother to his baby sister, Ali. Alison, or “Baby Ali,” is 1.5 years old and loves necklaces, hats, M&M’s and anything that belongs to Joey! Ali is usually all smiles and the life of the party...until she hears the word, “no.” Chris and Kelly love them both very much and can’t wait for them to be a part of their special day!
Tom and Chris have been together for a very long time. They both agree sometimes that it’s been too long. They have shared everything in life - from gifts, bedrooms, college campuses - but Chris is excited to share his wedding day with his best man and twin brother. Tom works as a consultant in San Francisco. He enjoys running and golfing in his free time.
Brad is Chris’ best friend from college, where they met freshman year in the dorms. Brad is the only person (besides Kelly) that Chris has been able to talk with on the phone for over five minutes. Brad currently lives in New York with his wife Danielle. He works as a dentist and has promised Chris and Kelly free dental care for the rest of their lives (just kidding, kinda).
Justin Badal also met Chris freshman year at UC Davis in the dorms. Justin and Brad were roommates throughout college, but considered Chris an ‘unofficial’ roommate. Justin and Chris bonded over science classes and trips to the gym. Chris was a groomsman in Justin’s wedding to his wonderful wife Jackie. Justin and Jackie currently reside in Sacramento CA, where Justin is a Urology resident (the jokes write themselves) and Jackie is a Pediatric Dietician.
Jimmy and Chris met during their freshman year of high school at Archbishop Mitty. Jerry (Chris’ dad) knows him as “Jimmy Five Iron” after he proclaimed he’d quit golf if he had to use a wood on a par 3 (Jerry was holding a driver, Jimmy a 5 iron). Megan (Chris’ sister) knows him as James, after he decided to rebrand and reintroduce himself some time after college. Chris will always refer to this lifetime friend as Jimmy.
Chris and Tonichi met at Santa Clara, while they were both enrolled in the MATTC (Masters and Teaching Credential) program. Tonichi is a force as a teacher - Chris admires his dedication, thoughtfulness and compassion in the classroom - but Chris will remember him more for introducing him to the most amazing person ever and love of his life. Tonichi was an easy choice for a groomsman.
Steve was the guy who started dating Chris’ oldest sister, Erin, when Chris was in Middle School. Steve is often the loudest and most entertaining person in the room, and this is a good thing because the O’Connors sometimes need a little help livening up the holidays. We like him even more now that he has given the family two wonderful children - Joey and Ali.
Molly is Kelly’s younger and only sister. Kelly and Molly are 3 years apart and both attended St. Vincent High School in Petaluma and Santa Clara University. Currently, Molly lives in New York City and is loving every second of it. Molly loves to eat, teach Pure Barre classes, and surround herself with her SoulCycle and Health and Fitness Community in New York. When Kelly and Molly are home together, they love to spend the day snuggled in their “Christmas Pjs” with Giovanni (the grandpup) with an endless supply of popcorn, chocolate and homemade croutons.
Sevie is Kelly’s cousin and being only 3 months apart, they grew up more like sisters through the years. Growing up, family gatherings meant time for Kelly and Sevie to play and stay up all night together on their annual Thanksgiving sleepover. Currently, Sevie lives in San Diego and is passionate about traveling the world. Her most recent trip was to Thailand.
Danielle is Kelly's oldest and dearest friend. Kelly and Danielle were best friends throughout high school at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma. Senior year, Danielle convinced Kelly to "just look" at Santa Clara University although she had already decided against it (crazy!). Within minutes of setting foot on campus, they were already planning their dorm room decor, their social calendar, and classes... and the rest is history! Currently, Danielle lives in Los Angeles, CA where her and her fiance, Jared, love to be outdoors and go to Kings games! Danielle has many passions, but above all her cat, Dude, remains her number one. Danielle is a dancer at heart and loves to dance, be active, support and learn about social impact causes, and travel the world.
Marina is Kelly’s best friend from college. They met sophomore year at Santa Clara University and bonded over late nights at the Delta Gamma House, tequila, and horrible encounters with self tanner. Marina was on the phone with Kelly before her first “double date” to meet Chris. Being the true friend that she is, Marina yelled at Kelly to hurry up, take out her “soccer-mom braids,” and put on some makeup! Currently, Marina lives with her husband, Evan, in San Francisco. In between building the SF MOMA and sending out lighting bids, Marina loves to travel to Italy and sip all the vino rosso!
Cassey is one of Kelly’s dearest friends and roommates. Kelly and Cassey met Senior year at Santa Clara University and became roommates shortly after graduation when they both decided to stay in the area. Cassey was the first one of Kelly’s friends to meet Mr. Chris O’Connor. After thorough Facebook stalking and a few dates later, Cassey was not shy about sharing her marriage predictions for the two of them! Currently, Cassey lives in San Jose and works in the Law School Marketing Department at Stanford.
Megan is Chris’s older sister and Kelly’s future sister-in-law. Megan is passionate about helping children and families. Megan is a Marriage and Family Therapist and works in several different schools in the Union School District to help students succeed. Megan is the world’s best Auntie to Joey and Ali and she loves spending time with them swimming, reading, and playing. She's also an amazing source for fashion advice.
Erin is Chris’s oldest sister and Kelly’s future sister-in-law. Erin, aka “Han,” according to her Star Wars-obsessed son, Joey, works with her dad, Jerry, at Group Seven. Erin married her high school sweetheart, Steven Ryan, and they currently live in San Jose with their two adorable children Joey (4 years old) and “Baby” Ali (1.5 years old). When she's not chasing around children, Erin loves to read.
Our wedding ceremony will take place in Petaluma, California at St. Vincent de Paul Church at 2:00pm. St. Vincent church is a special place to our family. Mike and Pam Bing, parents of the bride, were married at this church 40 years ago. Pam, Molly (sister of the bride and Maid of Honor), and Kelly, all attended St. Vincent High School and graduated in the church. Many special sacraments, moments, and memories have taken place at St. Vincent for our family.
The wedding reception will begin at 5:00pm in the Stone Room at The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa. The Bride and Groom and their families will be staying at the The Lodge for the weekend.
There will be Welcome Cocktails and Wine (no host) at The Lodge’s Hotel Bar, “Bean and Bottle” Friday night at 8pm following the rehearsal dinner.
Sunday morning at 10am, Kelly and Chris will be having breakfast by the pool with their families if you would like to join them for breakfast and farewells before they head off to their Hawaiian Honeymoon!
Jerry and I met through friends in January of 1979, but it took two months for us to actually go out on a first date. Right from the start we knew it was special and had fun dating. Jerry proposed at the end of September of that same year, and we got married the following April! We had a beautiful wedding on a gorgeous April day in 1980. Four children and two grandchildren later, it’s been a wonderful ride for these almost 38 years. We’re looking forward to Chris and Kelly's wedding and this next chapter in our lives!
Please click on the Photos button and scroll through pictures in the O'Connor Family Slideshow!
Mike and I met in 1974, our senior year at Santa Clara University. Although he was good friends with my roommates, I had never met the “boy from Alaska.” On my 21st birthday Mike asked to take me out to celebrate. I thought this was nice, but a bit odd since we were both interested in other people at the time. We went for drinks and appetizers and afterwards he said that I didn’t properly celebrate my 21st. He said we should have a rematch. By then, I figured out this was a “real date!" This next time we talked for hours (it helped that another SCU friend was bringing us great food and drinks)! After two years of long distance dating from California to Seattle to Alaska, Mike proposed at Moclips Beach in Washington state on July 16, 1977. We are very blessed with two beautiful daughters and just celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary at our favorite family beach in Carmel, CA. Forty years later, Chris, very thoughtfully chose Carmel Beach to propose to Kelly ~ a very lovely beginning to a wonderful marriage.
Please click on the Photos button and scroll through pictures in the Bing Family Slideshow!
On October 3rd, Chris traveled to Novato to ask Pamela and Michael Bing for their blessing to marry their first and oldest daughter, Kelly Rose Ficco Bing. This was the first of many tactical errors on Chris’s part.
Chris arrived armed with two great stories and two fantastic bottles of wine (Williams-Selyem and Castalia). Four hours later, with the wine gone and dinner cold, uneaten in the oven, Chris realized he was in a bit over his head. The Bings’ questions were many and varied, and were asked at a furious, staccato pace. He realized that he should have shown up unannounced.
At the end of the night, Chris was sent home with a plastic ziploc bag of cookies and a blessing for marriage (as long as he knew what he was getting himself into). Chris promptly got lost driving through San Francisco in a post-Bing haze.
On October 8th, Chris and Kelly were planning on meeting Marina (bridesmaid) and Evan for lunch in Carmel, or so they both thought. Little did Kelly know, the lunch date plans were just a ruse to get Kelly down to Carmel without suspicion. Marina and Kelly had been talking all morning about timing (obviously Kelly was going to be late), what to wear, and reservations. However, when Chris and Kelly finally arrived and parked, Marina was unresponsive and nowhere to be found. Chris started acting strange. He wanted to go back and check the parking sign by the car and was glued to his phone. All of a sudden, Chris said, “Well, let’s just walk down to the beach!” Kelly thought this was a ridiculous suggestion, as they were already late for their lunch date. Kelly relented and agreed to walk to the beach, after Marina finally answered saying she was “sick”.
On the walk down, Chris seemed extra nervous and was speed walking downhill all the way to the beach. Kelly was confused but knew better than to ask questions. Chris and Kelly walked left, and after several minutes of indecisiveness, Chris chose the perfect spot. Shortly thereafter, as Chris began his speech, they were met with a rogue wave that drenched their shoes and socks. They moved a little further back from the water.
Chris started over, then bent down on one knee on Carmel Ocean Beach at approximately 1:15 pm. Kelly said, “Yes” after dropping down on both knees with him.
Several friends and family members were “conveniently” in the area around Carmel on the day Chris proposed. To Chris’s surprise, Pam and Mike were overjoyed. They drove 3 hours down to Carmel to meet them on the beach with champagne, Giovanni the dog, crystal glasses, and smiles.
Kelly and Chris first met on October 22, 2016 on a relatively blind double date with mutual friends and coworkers, Tonichi and Vanessa Lorenzana. Vanessa and Tonichi had been trying to introduce Kelly and Chris for quite some time before this date. Vanessa moved across the hall from Kelly at Spangler Elementary School the previous year. They first bonded sharing teaching ideas and rides to school events. Vanessa started mentioning the name of a friend that she thought was a good fit. Meanwhile, Tonichi was doing the same at Milpitas High School, where Chris and Tonichi both worked. This went on for some time. Kelly says that she was hesitant to meet someone through a friend because this would require effort and follow through. Chris says that whenever any of Vanessa’s friends at Spangler were mentioned he replied “yep, sure, sounds great.” After several months of this a date was finally set, and Kelly arrived 30 minutes late to the date. Chris now knows this was “early.” Needless to say, the date went well. Near the end of the date, Kelly found herself wanting to spend more time with Chris to get to know him better, and she was really disappointed when Chris didn’t ask her for her number at the end of the night. Chris loved the double date with the interesting and gorgeous coworker but remained oblivious to any mutual interest until Vanessa explicitly told him through heart emojis and smiley faces thirty seconds after the date ended.
Chris and Kelly’s first date was at Dish Dash in downtown Sunnyvale. Kelly remembers that Chris called two days after the blind date to set up their first official date. She liked that Chris was willing to call, and that he was firm and decisive with plans for a Saturday evening. Kelly already had plans on the Saturday night that he proposed for their date, and he had absolutely no backup plan. Luckily for Chris, after he and Kelly got off the phone, Kelly’s roommate, Cassey, encouraged Kelly to change her Saturday evening plans. Nervously, Kelly called Chris back a little later that same night and accepted his offer. After a successful dinner, Kelly and Chris made their way to mini golf. In her high-heeled booties and black blouse, Kelly claims to have beaten Chris at mini golf. Chris has no recollection of this part of the night (probably retrograde amnesia) and maintains that no evidence of her victory has ever been produced. The date ended with no first kiss, as approximately 17 Sunnyvale hooligans and high schoolers (same thing) were mulling around Chris and Kelly’s cars, and Chris did not believe that the mood was right.
Their first kiss happened on the following Friday after a “Cozy Fall Dinner” cooking class at Sur la Table.
They made the relationship “official” on December 31, 2016, when Chris asked Kelly to be his girlfriend because he couldn’t wait to start their first New Year’s together.
They first said, “I love you” during a spring break trip to Mexico after the sun set on a candlelit dinner and a walk on the beach. Chris stopped and faced Kelly and said, “I’m falling in love with you.” Kelly said, “I love you," too. They aren’t sure who technically said it first, but the sun was down, and the moonlight was bright, and they could hear the sound of waves and hearts beating.
Their wedding celebration starts July 21, 2018, but their forever together started quite some time before.
Welcome family and friends! Thank you for being a special part of our lives. We are grateful to have such wonderful family and friends. We hope you enjoy our interactive wedding site!
How to navigate our wedding website:
--Use the arrows on the bottom of the book to turn the pages of our interactive wedding book.
--Click on the icon with the three lines (on the bottom right hand corner of the book) to access the main menu.
--On each page (lefthand side), there is a slideshow of pictures. Click on the arrows below the pictures to browse through the slideshow pictures. You can also expand the size of the pictures.
--Read all about our families and our wedding party! On each page, be sure to scroll down and click on the photos button under each name to see a slideshow of each member of our wedding party.
--Click on the house icon to close the book and see the background photos! Did you know you can move the background photos around and place them on the table however you'd like? Try it out! We will be changing these pictures periodically, so be sure to visit again soon and often!
--On the bottom left corner of the table, there is a countdown to the day (down to the second) when we say, "I do!"
Thank you for joining us in celebrating this happy time in our lives!
The Future O'Connors