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The Examiner

 

February 14, 2007

 

Edward Carpenter, The Examiner

 

 

Area V-Day nuptials abound

 

 

SAN FRANCISCO - If you thought falling for the office deliveryman was a plot for humorous television commercials rather than the stuff of a Valentine’s romance, think again.

 

Robert McDaniel, 52, will tie the knot with Lisa Kirsten, 40, at San Mateo County’s Chapel today, Valentine’s Day. The couple will wed 19 years after he walked in to make a delivery at the Hallmark store in Daly City’s Serramonte Center where she worked.

 

“My usual UPS delivery man was sick and Robert was the fill-in,” Kirsten said.

 

She was so smitten with her man in brown that her boss scolded her for failing to attend to customers, Kirsten said. “So I slipped him a note saying that I got off work at 5 p.m.” After dating on and off for four years, work and school led them down separate paths. Both married and divorced, only to be reunited about seven months ago, McDaniel said.

 

“He contacted my parents for my phone number and called me out of the blue,” Kirsten said. “I almost fell on the floor!”

 

About 20 other couples will join McDaniel and Kirsten, exchanging vows in back-to-back ceremonies at San Mateo County’s Chapel on Valentine’s Day, the busiest of the year for weddings, according to Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder Warren Slocum.

 

The San Francisco County Clerk’s Office will hold ceremonies for about 81 couples, triple the daily average, on the most romantic day of the year.

 

“That’s about six ceremonies an hour,” San Francisco Director of the Office of County Clerk Karen Hong Yee said.

 

Valentine’s Day, along with Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, rank among San Francisco City Hall’s busiest wedding days, Hong Yee said.

 

From the casual to the festooned, couples linger to take pictures on the grand staircase and in the rotunda. Some even bring cake to share the occasion before they depart in limousines, she said.

 

Couples will be married in the rotunda, on the mayor’s balcony, looking at the staircase and in a private ceremony room in the clerk’s office, officials said.

 

With more weddings come higher engagement ring sales, of course, said Danelle Lateur, of Shreve and Co. jewelers on Post Street in San Francisco. Lateur, who has 21 years of experience in diamonds and engagement ring sales, said it’s not uncommon for retail sales to increase at the store by one-third during February.

 

“We definitely see more men and couples shopping for engagement rings during this month,” Lateur said.

 

Among the most popular items are heart-shaped pendants and Hearts On Fire diamond jewelry, Lateur said.

 

ecarpenter@examiner.com