Grace Ormonde is not a diva. One may expect that with such a fabulous magazine and incredible success as an industry innovator that perhaps Grace has a super ego bolstered by her vast accomplishments. This is not so. She is one of the most genuine, caring, and real people that I know and I feel fortunate to call her a friend.
I guess Grace’s humanitarian interests and humble beginnings should have prepared me for what an amazing and genuine human being she is. But the true test came when we were returning home from dinner in San Francisco the other night. Walking down the street, I quickly passed by a homeless person, claiming immunity from her requests. Grace on the other hand, stopped without a second thought and gave the woman $20 (I think the most I have ever given a homeless person is about half that). Grace then took the time to speak to the woman, hear her story, make sure the money would be spent in the “right” places, and offer her condolences to this woman who had just been released from the hospital. At that moment, I felt both guilty by my ease in passing a person in need and touched by Grace’s kindness.
Grace lives by a philosophy of generosity. Our walk down the street left me once again truly impressed by what a special human being Grace is. She is more than just an editor in chief for the inspirational Grace Ormonde Wedding Style; she is an exceptionally kind hearted person through and through.
Erin and Dante Salvetti
May 31, 2008
By Jan Ferris Heenan
The wedding proposal was intimate, or so Erin Kennedy thought when Dante Salvetti popped the question on the grounds of Meridian Winery in Paso Robles. Moments later, the two were surrounded by well-wishing relatives, secretly brought together by Salvetti to celebrate with a catered lunch and sparkling wine.
Kennedy and Salvetti met in 2006 while training as pharmaceutical sales reps. She worked in Orange County, he in Sacramento. The beginnings of a fabulous friendship inspired Salvetti to invite Kennedy to share a weekend in San Francisco. ”An amazing time” turned into weekly visits. Eventually Kennedy, who grew up in Atascadero, moved to Sacramento. She and Salvetti, raised in Auburn, were engaged the following year.
Kennedy describes herself as a low-maintenance bride trained on the bottom line, though she and Salvetti, both 27, secured renowned award-winning photographer Catherine Hall early on. Salvetti’s musician friends from college played at the church ceremony. The reception took place at Kennedy’s parents’ health club in Paso Robles, the lobby transformed into a stylish banquet space. Dancing took center stage. A choreographer and former San Diego Charger Girl, Kennedy put together a routine for herself and her father, mixing up Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. ”It was just relaxed and meaningful and really just perfect,” Kennedy says of the day. ”I loved everything.”