It was the day of Laura Hansen and Jeremy Bachrach’s wedding and everyone in their bridal party, except them, had cold feet about how they would all get to the ceremony.
“I would say our bridal party was very skeptical,” Hansen said before Bachrach let out a laugh.
The couple, who live in San Francisco, got ready for their wedding at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in Union Square. But after they were done, instead of taking a limousine or party bus to their ceremony, they took BART.
The couple spoke to SFGate about their wedding transportation decision just hours before taking off for their honeymoon in Indonesia.
“They wanted us to not go [on BART] up until like ten minutes before [we left],” Bachrach said of the bridal party.
“We were walking out the door and they were like, ‘Are you sure?'” added Hansen. “But it was so much fun.”
The couple lucked out – there were no planned or unplanned delays on BART – and the Dublin/Pleasanton line train they took from the Powell Street station to the Lake Merritt station came only moments after they got down to the platform. Hansen said she was nervous she would have to calm her friends and family down if they had to wait “16 minutes” for the next train.
There weren’t that many passengers on the train and although people looked at them, no one said anything. Instead, they were kind of ignored.
“I’ve seen a lot weirder things happen on BART,” Bachrach said.
Everyone remained standing during their commute to make sure they didn’t dirty their dresses and tuxes, according to the couple, who got married at the Camron-Stanford House in Oakland. The wedding photographer snapped a photo of the bridal party on each side of the BART car, clutching the handles to steady themselves, with Hansen and Bachrach kissing in the middle.
“It was entertaining to see the people who don’t ride BART often because it was like they were getting their sea legs,” Bachrach said. To be fair, Hansen said, the women in the bridal party were wearing heels.
Once they got to Oakland, they remembered there being a lot of fanfare from cars passing by while they walked from the BART station to the wedding venue. In San Francisco, people weren’t as warm.
“Every person that we passed in Oakland congratulated us or yelled out their car window,” Hansen said. “Oakland had a lot more love to give.”
Hansen and Bachrach were both familiar with BART before deciding to take it to one of the most important events of their lives. Hansen, a school psychologist, takes it for work sometimes, and Bachrach said they use it to visit his brother in Oakland. And they took BART to go check out the Camron-Stanford House when they were looking for a wedding venue.
Once they decided on their venue, they figured they could just take BART there for the ceremony, too. That way, they said, they’d cut down on the possibility of hitting traffic on the Bay Bridge and delaying the ceremony start time.
Plus, they wouldn’t have to spend as much money on transit for the wedding day as they would if they had taken a party bus or limousine.
Hansen, Bachrach and Bachrach’s brother already had Clipper cards, so they just got a bunch of prepaid paper ones for the rest of their bridal party.
“We really didn’t think it would be that weird,” Hansen said with a laugh.
On Monday, BART celebrated Hansen and Bachrach’s union and choice of transit to get to their ceremony.
“Congrats on your marriage, from your friendly local transit agency!” BART wrote on Twitter.