SOME PEOPLE GO looking for love in all the wrong places; others find it by coincidence. Another route is to simply pursue what you love. The latter path is how Kim found her future husband. A working artist and past Marin Magazine cover art contest finalist, she was the set designer for the San Anselmo Town Players’ production of Fiddler on the Roof in 2001 when she met Mark, who was acting in the play. But both were in
other relationships at the time and remained off each other’s radar for years, until one night
they serendipitously ran into each other in Fairfax — both single this time around. Sparks flew.
A long courtship followed, and Mark finally popped the question unexpectedly after a day spent
walking around Jack London State Park in Sonoma. “We were sitting on a bench in the lovely
cottage garden by the koi fishpond,” Kim says. “He said he was going to wait to propose on my
birthday but the mood took him over.” At first the couple considered eloping, but reconsidered
so friends and family could be involved. Being beach lovers, they returned to a familiar place
filled with fond memories. “I hosted a small surprise birthday party for Mark at Dipsea Gardens
[at Stinson] t wo years ago — we had such a great experience there, and we go to Stinson so often,
that this spot was a perfect choice for us.” Fortunately, the weather obliged and they had a sun-drenched wedding. At the reception, the bride and groom’s talents were front and center: Kim
came up with the “beachy bohemian” theme and made seven dream catchers that hung from
the trees. She also created an oyster shell garland for the wedding venue tables and painted
the artwork for the invitations and signage. Mark booked the musicians and even played his
guitar and sang a couple songs. With emotions running high, the day passed quickly, but the
couple agrees on the highlights: the love, the meaningful ceremony uniting their families, the
sunshine, beautiful decor, smiling friends and family, great music and delicious tacos.
Kim Ford Kitz + Mark Wiegers
Dipsea Gardens, Stinson Beach, May 20, 2017
He said he was going to
wait to propose on my
birthday but the mood
took him over.