Vivienne Chao and Kevin Gautrey (with Gautrey’s dog, Bruce Wayne) at their wedding on November 16, 2013 in San Diego.
Vivienne Chao and Kevin Gautrey met in San Diego and he pursued her all the way to Mozambique where she served for two years with the Peace Corps. He proposed to her during a visit to an ancient German Castle and on November 16, 2013, a new chapter in their fairy tale began when Vivienne, daughter of Jimmy Chao and Jenny Chang of Carlsbad, CA, exchanged vows with Kevin, son of David and Gerlinde Gautrey of Topanga. The ceremony took place on the rooftop veranda of the Inn at the Park in San Diego. The celebration continued with dinner and dancing in the rooftop restaurant .
The wedding had a strong Topanga connection: the officiant was Jay Vanes of Topanga, the groomsmen included Brian Gautrey and Walker Vanos both graduates of Topanga Elementary School and Andrew Strabone, married to Topangan Meika nee Vanos. The flower girl was Anja Wheeland, the daughter of Sara and Cody Wheeland who also grew up in Topanga. Last but not leastthe ring bearer was Bruce Wayne, the grooms 6-year-old black German shepherd who has lived in Topanga for the last three years. The young couple lives in Marylandjust outside of Washington DC.