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For the Sept. Here, the wedding party flanks Griffith in the center, with blue and red floral bouquet, and the groom. The wedding was held under the direction of wedding planner Catherine Lemon. less
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For the Sept. The wedding was held under the direction of wedding planner Catherine Lemon. less
For the Sept. As the saying goes, love strikes when you least expect it.
Two years ago, Griffith was elbow deep in rice and fish in the kitchen of Dean Deluca, the Napa Valley gourmet food store, when calamity struck. The man washing dishes doused her with water by accident and ruined the finishing touches to 40 rolls on a carefully arranged platter. The sushi was to be presented to the company’s chief executive officer, Mark Daley, who was interested in stocking her food in the company’s stores nationwide and was awaiting his first bite.
The sushi demonstration was a success, which led to e mails, phone calls and sushi tastings at Dean Deluca stores across the country. Daley, the divorced father of two teens, and Griffith, who had never married, found their friendship growing and romance blossoming with every meeting.
When he took a new job as president of ‘s division, his work took the couple to Vietnam, China, Cambodia and Hong Kong. Griffith liked his constancy, the attention he paid to his children,
and his good nature.
“You can depend on him for anything,” she said. “There are some things you look for when you get older, instead of the flash. He’s an amazing support, a soft place to fall, a guy who would take care of you no matter what.”
Daley’s cousin, , a groomsman, has noticed a change in the hardworking executive. “He’s a ton more happy, relaxed and protective since they met,” Wessels said. “She makes him get in touch with people he hasn’t talked to in years. She’s made him a more complete guy.”
Daley proposed on a trip to Hong Kong in March, and the couple wed before a small gathering at a private home in Napa with vineyard views on Sept. 17. The ceremony included poignant readings by the bride’s half sister, , and her husband, ; the groom’s children, Taylor and ; and the groom’s mother, Grace Daley. A rustic and chic reception coordinated by of Zest Productions featured roasted chicken at wooden tables set with autumnal linens and faux bird nests cradling tiny blue eggs.
“There’s no walking on eggshells, wondering what you can say or what you can and can’t do,” he said. “The fit is painless and pure. We enjoy our lives,
what we do and the experiences we have. It’s been that way from the start.”.