A little bit about us:
Eric is a software engineer on the Chrome team at Google. (You'll note this site is mobile-optimized.) He enjoys long bike rides with friends, watching (and playing) e-sports and playing one of his three guitars (or his banjo, and even sometimes the violin).
Fraser helps make research faster and more efficient at Science Exchange, where she puts her scientific training to good use. She sings in a local area a cappella group, Redshift, reads many many books (often simultaneously) and loves to cook and bake.
Together, we enjoy learning new things, cooking together, and spending time with our friends.
The ceremony will be held at 11:30 in the morning at the Allied Arts Guild and will be followed by a cocktail hour. A buffet lunch will be served at one, followed by a special appearance by Redshift at two. Dancing and mingling will follow until four.
All are invited to join the bride and groom and their families for a brunch on Sunday! The brunch will be held at the Garden Court Hotel from 10 to 1:30. Drop in whenever you like!
Both the wedding and the brunch will be in combined indoor/outdoor venues; the ceremony itself will be outdoors, but shaded by trees. Temperatures in Palo Alto in September average a high of 80°F/26°C and a low of 52°F/11°C, with pretty much no expectation of rain. We recommend sunscreen, hats and sunglasses! The bride will be in a summer dress, and the groom in a linen suit.
There is plenty of parking at the Allied Arts Guild for Saturday's events. On Sunday, the Garden Court Hotel will provide complimentary valet parking; just mention the Seidel/Tan brunch.
Palo Alto Hotels
- The Cardinal Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Palo Alto, steps from University Avenue’s shops, bars and restaurants.
- The Sheraton is closest to the Palo Alto Caltrain station, and is pet friendly! We've reserved a block of rooms for a reduced rate of $179/single or $199/double; these rates expire on August 20th. Please call 1.800.325.3535 and mention the Tan & Seidel wedding, or click here.
- The Cowper Inn is a lovely bed and breakfast just a few blocks from University Avenue and is quieter and more rustic than the Sheraton or the Cardinal.
- The Stanford Park Hotel is a luxurious retreat.
- You can also check out Airbnb for local places to stay.
- Public transit: From SFO, board the only available BART line and travel one stop to San Bruno. At San Bruno, exit and cross the platform to board a Millbrae bound BART, again traveling one stop. At Millbrae, you'll switch from BART to Caltrain. Caltrain will take you south from Millbrae to Palo Alto. San Jose airport has a shuttle that connects to the Caltrain station at Santa Clara, which will take you north to Palo Alto.
- Shuttle services: We've used Super Shuttle quite happily. You'll need a reservation for SJC, but can board one without a reservation at SFO.
- Cabs: Once in Palo Alto, downtown and Stanford are very walkable. For short trips around the area, we recommend Uber, a personal driver you can summon and pay through your smartphone. (WARNING: A normal Taxi from SFO to Palo Alto will be $100+ due to being greater than 15 miles from San Francisco. UberX however can get you to Palo Alto for under $40.) Fares for an UberX ride from downtown Palo Alto to the Allied Arts Guild should be $7-$8. You can check out the local taxi companies, or rent bikes from one of several local bike shops - we recommend taking a biking tour of Stanford's beautiful campus!
- Walking: For those who wish to enjoy the fine weather, the Allied Arts Guild is a lovely 30 minute walk from downtown Palo Alto.
San FranciscoThere are many fun things to do in San Francisco, which is just a Caltrain ride away!
- The California Academy of Science is a beautiful boutique natural history museum, housed in a newly restored LEED Platinum-certified building. Its many wonders include a living roof, a three story rainforest ecosystem, and a rare albino alligator.
- Directly across the street from the Cal Academy is San Francisco's premier fine arts museum, the De Young Museum. In September, the museum will be hosting an exhibit culled from the collection of the National Gallery of Art.
- The Exploratorium is a wacky fun-filled kid-and-adult-friendly hands on science museum, now in its new home on the San Francisco Bay.
- One of the lesser known gems of the area is the Walt Disney Museum located in San Francisco's historic Presidio. The history, creativity and vision of Walt Disney is wonderfully traced for all to enjoy.
- The Ferry Building Market showcases the local foodie heart of San Francisco, featuring shops such as the Cowgirl Creamery, Blue Bottle Coffee and Heath Ceramics. It's a great spot to grab a bite and sit watching the activity in the Bay.
The PeninsulaSouth of the city, the Peninsula, as it's known, boasts many fine attractions too.
- The Computer History Museum traces the evolution of computing. You can see some of the earliest computers here, housed in their own entire rooms!
- The Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum is a huge collection of beutifully displayed Egyptian artifacts, housed in abuilding inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak!
- Stanford University is a gorgeous place to spend a day, from strolling through classic Spanish Mission architecture in the Quad to exploring the many types of native plants in the Arizona Cactus Garden.
- Also on Stanford campus, the Cantor Arts Center contains well curated collections of art spanning the globe in space and time. Don't miss the amazing collection of Rodin sculptures, one of the largest in the world.
- The Baylands Nature Preserve offers 15 miles of walking trails through one of the best bird watching areas in the Bay Area. It contains one of the largest undisturbed tracts of tidal and freshwater habitats left in the San Francisco Bay.
We are thrilled that friends and family from so far away are making the journey to join us for our celebrations. For those who plan to spend time in the area before or after the festivities, we thought these suggestion might be of interest.
- Half Moon Bay, the new home town of Peggy and Glen Seidel, is a lovely town on the coast of the Pacific. Main Street boasts many independent shops and restaurants, and the area is home to several stunning cliffside beaches. The coastal trail that runs near the Half Moon Bay Ritz-Carleton is a particularly lovely walk! HMB, as we call it, is about a 35 minute drive from Palo Alto.
- Venturing farther afield, the famous wine counties of Napa and Sonoma are just about an hour and a half drive from Palo Alto - perfect for a day trip! The wineries are spectacular vistas with great food and - of course! - great wine.
- For those wanting even more outdoors adventures, there are many great parks in Northern California, the most famous of which is National Park of Yosemite. Closer by you can hike the Marin headlands (just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco), or head an hour and change south to explore the redwood groves of Big Basin.
- Two hours south of Palo Alto is the city of Santa Cruz (and its boardwalk), which sits at the northern point of Monterey Bay. At the southern tip of the Montery bay is the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium with its family of delightful sea otters.
For those who wish to, however, we've noted a few items: