COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: SOPHIA + DANIEL

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: SOPHIA + DANIEL

We are just two sleep's away from watching our next Lighthouse couple's big day unfold! Sophia and Daniel booked with us back in January, and in less than 72 hours, this couple will be wed!

I remember first meeting the pair shortly after they got engaged in December. I was happy seeing how much they loved the ambiance of our waterfront and hearing how much the palm trees reminded Sophia of Oahu (where she grew up), but I also remember my favorite part of their tour - watching Daniel stare gleefully at his soon-to-be wife as she smiled, telling me the story of the Christmas Eve proposal that Daniel pulled off. Reading it back now, it truly does sound like a dream!

Today, I have the honor of sharing with you a glimpse into their love story and what is sure to be the start of many more dream-like moments for Sophia and Daniel.

Professional photos by Liz Foley at www.lizfoleyphotography.com

How did you and your significant other meet?

(in her words)

Daniel and I met as teammates on our college swim team at Biola University. We've been good friends ever since freshman year, but it wasn't until the Spring of our sophomore year that I found out he had a big fat crush on me. Given our close friendship, it took him a long time to work up the courage to tell me how he really felt. I didn't see it coming at all! Although it came as a huge surprise to me, nothing felt more natural than dating him. At the end of our first date he gave me a hug and once I felt his arms around me, I knew it was going to be something special. 

What's the proposal story? 

Daniel is from San Francisco and I'm from a small town in Northern Illinois. On Christmas Eve my family and I were waiting for my grandparents to arrive for our family party. I heard a knock on the door and, thinking it was them, went to open it. Instead, when I opened the door I saw Daniel down on one knee on my front porch. To top it all off, around him, snow had started falling just in time to give us a white Christmas. It was like a dream.

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

We knew we wanted something near Daniel's family in San Francisco, but I really wanted something more unique than the typical reception hall. Also, I grew up on Oahu so I loved the palm trees and water surrounding the venue. It feels so cozy, tropical and unique. 

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

We cannot wait to get to show the world how much we love each other by committing our lives together in front of all our family and friends. Besides that, we can't wait to hit the dance floor! 

I mean... look at those photos! These two are head over heels in love!

Sophia + Daniel, I so look forward to seeing your special day come to life. The Lighthouse team and I are grateful to be part of your love story. Here's to your forever!

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: JENNIFER + BRYAN

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: JENNIFER + BRYAN

I remember meeting Jennifer and Bryan when they first came to tour The Lighthouse not only because Jennifer had the brightest red hair that reminded me of Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid, but because of how friendly, polite, kind, and trusting they were towards me and to each other. I could tell they have a bond that is unbreakable, one that is built over years and years of friendship and love. When I got to know them better, I soon found out that (1) Jennifer LOVES Disney and (2) the pair had, in fact, known each other for years and became best friends long before they became boyfriend and girlfriend and eventually got engaged.

In just two weeks, these lovebirds will celebrate the start to their new adventure as Mr. and Mrs. and we cannot wait to watch it all unfold. Until then, we share their engagement story and *spoiler alert* it was at Disney ;)

How did you and your significant other meet?

(in her words)

We met in high school and were best friends until we finally started dating years later

What's the proposal story? 

I am a huge Disney fan and he knew how much I love Disney so instead of proposing in front of the castle he did it in front of the Carthay Theatre restaurant in California Adventure because it was much more meaningful since it was where Walt Disney got his big break. He had a cast member take our photos with his phone and she was not in on the engagement plan and didn't realize he put the phone on record to capture the moment so she was just as surprised as I was! They ended up taking us afterwards to get custom bride/groom mickey ears made which made us late for our dinner reservation at the Carthay restaurant but when we told them what had happened they put us in a private room and gave us a complimentary dessert and reserved seating for the world of color show that evening. It really was the best day ever! 

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

We chose the Lighthouse because of the beauty of the venue and also because we were able to do what we wanted and incredible staff to work with us along the way.

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

Looking forward to sharing this special moment with family and friends but most importantly to be bonded with my best friend for life.

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see how Jennifer and Bryan intertwine Jennifer's love of Disney into their special day. It is certain to be magical!

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: TAYLOR + ERIC

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: TAYLOR + ERIC

Happy May! We are kicking off this gorgeous month with another Lighthouse wedding, this time for #LHCouple T+E! When you get a call asking if we allow donkey's on the property, you just know it's going to be a fun-filled celebration, one we can't wait to see unfold! Today, we share their story and in just two short days, they'll begin a new one.

How did you and your significant other meet?

(In his words)

Taylor and I met playing in a kickball league in San Diego. We both went to San Diego State University but didn't meet until after we'd graduated. Our kickball team organized a trip to a San Diego Padres game and that's when we first really were able to talk and spend time together.

What's the proposal story? 

Las Vegas is a special place for us, we'd make the quick flight over from S.D. once every other month or so. I proposed to Taylor at the restaurant é by Jose Andres inside of the Cosmopolitan. After 20 courses of dinner the desserts were brought out, along with Taylor's which featured the ringbox. Though at first Taylor paid more attention to the free champagne they were giving us.

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

We listed everything we were looking for in a venue before we started our hunt. We both wanted something that offered an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception. Taylor wanted a water feature of some kind that would look good for pictures. And I wanted something that we'd be the only event of the day. The Lighthouse was on our list to visit, and it checked every box!

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

Taylor and I are most looking forward to being able to celebrate the day with all of our friends and family. And looking forward to the honeymoon we're taking in Cancun immediately after!

Taylor + Eric, we're so excited to see what you have in store this coming Saturday as you celebrate your nuptials! Here's to a lifetime of happiness!