Real Weddings: Shiva Delfani & Tyler Hess

Fit to Be Wed.

v. Sattui Winery, St. Helena

It’s fitting that Shiva Delfani met Tyler Hess at a popular sports bar in Walnut Creek.

“We met the day after Christmas in the Stadium Pub,” says Shiva, who grew up in Concord and Walnut Creek, and whose parents own the Zebra Tattoo and Piercing Parlors in Berkeley and Walnut Creek. “It’s the place where people who went to high school in the area meet up when they are home for the holidays.”

As soon as she met Tyler, then a ballplayer in the San Francisco Giants’ minor league system, Shiva knew he was Mr. Right. Tyler felt the same way.

“We knew we were in love almost immediately,” says Tyler. “It was so natural.”

The couple dated for one year, got engaged, and started looking for the perfect location for their wedding. They found it in Wine Country, near where Tyler grew up before moving to Alamo to attend De La Salle High. The couple chose V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena and went to work planning a wedding for 175 guests.

They incorporated elements from Shiva’s Persian culture and from Tyler’s Christian heritage into the ceremony.

“My mom created a beautiful Persian sofreh for us to sit on during the ceremony, so guests could sprinkle sugar on us so we will have a sweet marriage,” says Shiva, referring to the traditional seat and table containing symbolic items. “And Tyler’s cousin, a Christian pastor, was able to officiate the Christian part of the ceremony. It was perfect.”

The wedding was so perfect, in fact, that the couple felt no need to immediately go on a honeymoon. (They’ll head to Hawaii for Valentine’s Day.) Instead, they moved to Southern California to open a series of Crunch and UFC health clubs—but they don’t expect to stay in SoCal forever.

“We really want to start a family, and we want to raise our kids in Northern California,” says Shiva. “Our parents live a few miles from each other. And we want to be close to them when we have kids.”

Sherman Chu

Sherman Chu

Sherman Chu

Sherman Chu

Sherman Chu

Sherman Chu


Bridal Gown: Flares Bridal and Formal, Walnut Creek  |  Cake: Sweetie Pies Bakery, Napa  |  Caterer: Elaine Bell Catering, Napa  |  Flowers: Garaventa Florist, Napa  |  Photographer: Sherman Chu, Carmel Valley

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