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Rachel Ward | Photo: Weddings by Sasha Gulish | December 13, 2012
San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito weds Amber Seyer in an outdoor winter ceremony set beneath Mount Tamalpais.
With a wedding planner for an aunt, Miss Missouri 2007 Amber Seyer grew up around her share of celebrations. “I’ve been planning my own since before I can remember,” she says. For her nuptials to Barry Zito, the San Francisco Giants pitcher who mounted a thrilling postseason comeback to help his team win the World Series in October, she envisioned a romantic theme with a touch of winter magic. The pair exchanged vows at their hillside home in Kentfield, with a striking view of Mount Tamalpais in the background.
At the wedding entrance, a bowl of pennies sat next to a fountain with a note inviting guests to make wishes for the soon-to-be newlyweds. Hot chocolate, spiced cider, shortbread cookies and blankets welcomed guests. Halo-inspired wreaths of baby’s breath and sheer drapes hanging in the tent lent an ethereal quality to the setting. “Amber is such a romantic,” planner Shannon Leahy says. “And she loves purple.”
Before the bride walked down the aisle, Glee star Matthew Morrison and bridesmaid Renee Puente sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” with Kelley James on guitar. A magical tone defined the festivities. In lieu of petals, the two flower girls tossed glitter. Gold and silver confetti from a cannon rained down on the couple as they walked up the aisle.
The couple’s dogs did ring bearer duty, led by three little boys, including Zito’s godson. Seyer carried a bouquet of irises in honor of the flowers her late mother-in-law carried at her wedding. The groom and groomsmen (including San Diego Padres pitcher Huston Street) wore Converse, Zito’s signature sneaker.
During the ceremony, guests sat in vintage pews on a specially built hardwood floor that extended from the terrace (and over the pool) into the house, where dinner was served. Framed photos displayed throughout added to the familial feel the couple wanted to create. “How could everyone not feel at home when they were literally having dinner in our living room?” Seyer says.
Lavender roses, peonies and baby’s breath sat atop rustic dining tables. “We tried to bring in a lot of sparkle,” Leahy says of the mercury glass and candlelight. And guests waved sparklers during the first dance. The day was filled with music: Actress Renee Olstead, who starred in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, sang a duet with Tommy King. After cutting the cake, Zito sang Seyer a song about their romance, inviting the crowd to harmonize. “It was creative and beautiful and perfect,” Seyer says.
A Cinderella carriage crowned the majestic cake. “My wedding was a fairy-tale dream come true,” the bride says. “I’d found my prince and wanted one element for the princess in me.” And with Zito’s surreal performance in the Giants’ World Series sweep, both Seyer and her prince have reason to believe in fairy tales.