Mary Blair Palmer and Jeffrey Alan Hoffman were united in marriage at the historic Italian Renaissance James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco on Aug. 3, 2013. The Rev. Sindy Wilkinson officiated the ceremony, held outdoors in the courtyard overlooking a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
A stringed trio provided music for the service and for the cocktails in the courtyard afterward. A seated dinner and dancing followed in the Mansion’s Grand Hall with its sweeping views of the bay. The newlyweds chose “I Only Have Eyes For You” for their first dance. The bride and groom cut their wedding cake with the bride’s parents’ silver cake knife from their wedding. They toasted each other with heirloom silver toasting flutes from the bride’s family, engraved with the couple’s new initials.
On the eve of the wedding, members of the wedding party climbed aboard a private cable car to attend the rehearsal and dinner afterward at the Epic Roasthouse on the shore of the East Bay, which was hosted by the parents of the groom. A bridal luncheon was held earlier that Friday at the historic Presidio Social Club and hosted by Rebecca Meyer, Kathleen Blair, Connie Blair, Mary Clare Finney, and Sharon Jackson, all from University Park.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. David Odell Palmer of University Park. She is the granddaughter of Mr. James Houston Blair of Dallas and the late Mrs. Blair, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Presley Odell Palmer of Amory, Miss.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rick J. Hoffman of Olathe, Kan. He is the grandson of Dr. Charles A. Anderson of Mission, Kan., and the late Mrs. Anderson, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clyde V. Hoffman of Lenexa, Kan.
The bride was presented in marriage by her parents. She was escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father. The bride wore an elegant ivory silk gown by Romona Keveza Couture for Stanley Korshak. The strapless neckline featured asymmetrical draping that fell softly into the gown’s chapel-length train. The bride accented the waistline with a custom crystal-and- beaded belt. Flowers were predominately white orchids with white roses, tulips, and hydrangeas.
Attending the bride as maid of honor was Natalie Quintanilla. Her bridesmaids included Ashley Waghorne, Laura Reeder, and Jennifer Hummer. Assisting the groom as best man was Douglas Cooper. His groomsmen were John Dunlap, Richard Graham, and Kyle Hummer. Emily Amacker and Joseph Wilner were greeters.
The bride is a 2003 graduate of High-land Park High School. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration from SMU in 2007. She is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Mary works in University Development Special Events for the University of California San Francisco Medical Center and Graduate Schools of Health Sciences.
The groom is a graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Kansas City. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 2006. He is a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Jeff is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Following their honeymoon in Costa Rica, the couple have made their home in the San Francisco Bay area.