COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: AUDREY + MICHAEL

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: AUDREY + MICHAEL

I still remember first meeting Audrey and Michael when they came to book their wedding with us. They were so in love! Anytime I'd ask a question, Audrey would glance over at Michael and ask him what he thought before responding. And every time Audrey would speak, Michael would just look at her with a smile drawn across his face. You could just tell there was a deep connection, a genuine union, and a real sense of companionship there.

It had been at least a few months from the time they booked to their big day here at The Lighthouse last Saturday. I went down to greet Michael before the ceremony was set to start, and he still had a smile drawn across his face, but it was bigger this time around! Yet, he still had the same glimmer in his eye when I asked him how he was feeling, and he said, "I can't wait... I am just so, so excited!" and I knew he really meant it!

While this #FlashbackFriday post highlights their story before their now-newly-wed bliss, we are certain they will have many highlights to come!   

(Photos courtesy of Ari Faye Photography)

How did you and Michael Meet?

(By Audrey)

Michael and I met about 5 years ago through a group of mutual friends. A few of them suggested the idea of us dating to him, and then we started hanging out! The rest is history! 

What's the proposal story? 

We went on a hike at Rockville Park in Fairfield, Ca for our first date. We went back there on the morning of December 4, and when we got there he handed me a cute photo album that he put together of all of our pictures (in chronological order, how cute is he?!)

We walked through the park until we got to the pond, and that's where he dropped on one knee! Our parents were there as well as my brother & sister-in-law, and the matron of honor & best man! It was an amazing day!

What made you decide to book The Lighthouse for your big day? 

I stumbled across The Lighthouse on Instagram, and I knew that it was definitely something worth seeing! While we were touring the venue, Michael said "Aud, I love this place!" So I knew that we had to book it for our wedding! 

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

Michael: I am looking forward to finally marrying my best friend and spending the day surrounded by the people who love and support us the most - our friends and family. 

Audrey: He took the words right out of my mouth! 

We wish these two love birds nothing but the best!

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: SAMANTHA + BRENDAN

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: SAMANTHA + BRENDAN

Working in the wedding industry, we hear a lot of proposal stories, but rarely do we come across any as unique and awesome as our next #LHCouple, Samantha and Brendan's, who are tying the knot tomorrow! 

The couple, who booked back in May of last year, are in the final stages of prepping for the biggest day of their lives, and we can't wait to see it all unfold! Read on to hear (and even watch) how Brendan's proposal went above and beyond!

(Photos courtesy of Brendan Reiss)

How did you and Brendan Meet?

(By Samantha)

We met in a bar/bistro in Cole Valley in San Francisco on a Saturday evening in 2013. I was quietly working on my laptop when I was invited to have a drink with his group. We chatted and instantly found we had a lot of things in common and stayed in touch from there.

What's the proposal story? 

I'm British and my family live in England. We (Brendan, myself and his sons (Ayden and Alec, twins aged 9)) visited England in March last year for a 10 day trip which included my twin sister's wedding. It was a busy trip and I didn't expect him to propose a couple of days after my sister's wedding in a park in Greenwich, London. He did it in a very unique fashion which embraced his love of Star Wars as well as showing off how creative and imaginative he is. He organized everything from the US in advance. He filmed the event, and it made the national newspapers in England. Click here to watch the proposal video!

What made you decide to book The Lighthouse for your big day? 

Having family so far away (I have friends and family in England, Scotland, Australia; Brendan's parents live on Maui) we wanted somewhere that we could bring everyone together in a relaxing, peaceful and secluded venue, close to home (we live in Benicia).  Brendan and I also love the British seaside and have a kayak so knew we wanted to find something by the water. So the lighthouse seemed perfect!

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

We are looking forward to having our friends and family experience the wonderful California weather (fingers crossed it doesn't rain!) and lifestyle that we have here. I'm looking forward to decorating the venue in our own style, with a wide range of drinks, entertainment and wonderful food (Scott's are doing our catering). i'm also excited about the fact that Brendan and i will be staying the night at the venue, which makes it super easy for us and hopefully we will get a little peace in the morning before back to the family chaos!!

We are SO excited to see what this fun couple has planned for their big day tomorrow! Will R2-D2 make an appearance? We certainly hope so ;)

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: BAMBI + CHAD

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: BAMBI + CHAD

March has come to be one of our busiest wedding months, and we couldn't be more excited to share another Lighthouse couple with you all! Bambi and Chad booked with us back in October, and it was like we blinked and their big day was here! Tomorrow, these best friends become one, and today, we share their sweet love story, as told by Bambi!

(Photos courtesy of Carice Michelle)

How did you and Chad Meet?

(By Bambi)

Chad & I met when he was supporting himself through art school as a school bus driver & I was a teacher at one of the schools on his route. We would make casual small talk until one day I gave him my business card with my personal number written on it & told him, "you should call me." The rest is history. 

What's the proposal story? 

On one of our regular Thursday night dates, Chad told me to meet him in Walnut Creek at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. This was quite a bit fancier than our normal pizza dates. We met on the roof of a nearby parking garage and walked to the restaurant. I was suspicious but each course came & nothing happened. I thought maybe he was going to propose at dessert, but the plate came with no hoopla. So, when we walked back to our cars on the rooftop I thought nothing of it when he told me to look over the edge at the sidewalk. When I turned back to him, he was on bended knee & asked me to marry him. I began to cry but said yes.

What made you decide to book The Lighthouse for your big day? 

Chad & I were determined to plan our wedding using local & small businesses. We value the community & want to give our money back where it it is needed, rather than book our wedding with a hotel chain or winery. A quick search for local venues in Vallejo provided this beautiful location. 

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

Marrying my best friend. & maybe the first dance as husband & wife because I love our song!

We are so happy that Bambi & Chad decided to host their special day at our gorgeous venue! Here's to a lifetime of happiness!