Yesterday was the first wedding of the 2018 season here at The Lighthouse, and what better way to start the new season than with one of the sweetest couples EVER – Cristina and Sergei! When I first met the pair in January 2017, I appreciated how eager Cristina was to learn as much as she could about the venue because it meant that she made the most informed decision possible for their wedding venue, and we were delighted when they chose to have our team coordinate the celebration!

Fast forward to February 2, 2018, and their Lighthouse wedding arrived in the blink of an eye! To say their big day came together perfectly is an understatement. From the gorgeous weather - the sun was out with a slight breeze (what is Winter even?), to the Spanish paella and tapas from Nora Spanish Catering and mouth-watering cake from Rosine’s Restaurant in Monterey, to the simple, elegant, relaxed, yet fun atmosphere including a video game tournament and music from the awesome DJ Vindk8… It was truly the type of wedding you want to ease into your new season with.

While we wait to see and share photos from the talented Taylor Kinzie to show just how beautiful their Lighthouse wedding turned out to be, today we shed spotlight on how the couple met, why they chose the Lighthouse, and what they were looking forward to leading up to their joyous union, in their own words.

How did you and your significant other meet?

Her version: "We used to work at the same video game company. Back in the day, the company was small enough that all of our department used to take lunches together. Sergei was a cute introvert and I thought I would take upon myself to make him my new pet project. I introduced him to the city of Berkeley and one of my favorite hang out spots, Jupiter. Around Valentine's Day, he realized that he had fallen for me so he waited in the rain with a surprise glass rose. Several months in, we moved in together and now, 6 years and one cute black and white cat later, we're finally getting married."

His version: "We were working together in a video game company. We got to know each other over lunches and board games."

What's the proposal story? 

Her version: "The day before, he called my parents up to ask for my hand in marriage. My parents were going to call me to congratulate us on the happy news and my sister stopped them from ruining the surprise. I knew something was up when Sergei asked me to wear a specific dress for the following day and he got me to get 6 packs of prosciutto for lunch (normally, we just get 4). The day of, we traveled over to Monterey and hung out with the penguins at the Monterey Aquarium. The third clue was when he purchased not 1 but 2 souvenirs from the gift shop. Following the Aquarium, we traveled over to a semi-secluded beach where I proceeded to get my dress wet. As the sun started to set, Sergei said that he was going to get warm clothes from the car. After half an hour of waiting in my wet dress, he came back. All of a sudden, he pulled his nice jacket out of the clothes bag and I knew that he was going to propose. The proposal was a bit of a blur but he called me a "unicorn...that doesn't like cheesecake" and that's how we got engaged. As soon as I called my parents to tell them the great news, my dad sent me a 4 page text that he had been sitting on to congratulate us on our engagement. It was a pretty epic day."

His version: "We had a picnic at a beach and I proposed to her."

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

Her version: "I was originally trying to find a beach that we could get married on. During Christmas, I realized that I wanted a venue that would let us bring our own food and drinks. When we went to visit the Lighthouse, as soon as we stepped out of the car, everything smelled like the ocean. It had a very calming effect on me and that's when I knew I found my venue."

His version: "She booked it for me because I like boats and water. It's calming."

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

Her version: "After a year and a half of planning, I am looking forward to seeing everything in action. But the thing I am most looking forward to on our wedding day is our first look. Even though Sergei has seen my wedding dress since Day 1 (I like to share everything with him), I think he'll tear up when I am fully decked out. And I'm hoping that our video game tournament will be fun for everybody!"

His version: "Depending on which day you ask me, I will have a different answer. If you had asked me a year ago, it would be to spend the day with family and friends. Now, I'm looking forward to the wedding happening so we can finally have some us time and to be able to relax.

Though their wedding may be over, it's one we will cherish for many years to come.

To Cristina and Sergei, you left an imprint on our hearts and we hope you can finally enjoy the relaxation now that the hard part is over ;)



It's a busy fall here for weddings at The Lighthouse and we are so grateful to get to coordinate the wedding of this next featured couple, Criselda and Evan! C+E first booked with us back in March, and we've spent the past couple months helping them plan from afar (they currently live in Southern California).

What we love most about coordinating wedding's is that we get to know more about the happy couple beyond their initial tour or email exchanges. One of the cool thing's about this particular couple is that Disney is not only the company that Criselda works for, but is also the place where Evan planned a magical proposal for his bride-to-be!

How did you and Evan meet?

(By Criselda)

Evan and I met at Vintage High School our freshmen year. Did not start dating until our senior year.

What's the proposal story? 

It was another normal day in Southern California. We planned to do errands in the morning, go to Disneyland for most of the day and have dinner at Ruth Chris. We had breakfast at my local dim sum restaurant, picked up a dress for dinner, and headed to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Just before entering we met our with one of our good Disney friends who hooked us up with fast passes for the rest of the day! Every ride was walk on for us. We practically conquered both parks in recorded time.

When it was getting close to dinner time, Evan mentioned that we should start heading out to get ready for dinner. After getting ready in the car he says we're not eating at Ruth Chris. At the moment, I realized we were eating at Club 33, one of the places on my bucket list to eat at. We've been to the Club before, but not eaten because reservations were always booked so many months in advance, although he wouldn't admit we were eating there until we actually got to the door and rang the bell.

After getting checked in and seated we ate a beautiful 6 course meal. Everything from salmon to lamb and filet mignon. As we were finishing our 5th course Evan asked if I wanted to see the balcony. I said yes. Once we got to the balcony, there was white rose petals scattered everywhere and a white table with candles. I didn't think anything of it since the Club always has fancy stuff going on, and I assumed it wasn't for us. Evan tells me he needs to grab something and to just watch a video he created. The video he created was snippets of our past adventures together; Tahoe snowboarding, Grand Canyon, Disneyland, and more. Later it rolls into our parents congratulating us for getting engaged! The video ends and he tells me to turn around and he's there behind me on one knee with an Up Adventure Book with my ring inside. Clearly, I said yes but I was in total shock. I couldn't even get myself to move. 

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

Evan and I are the few of our families that don't live in the Northern California area and we knew we wanted all of our family to be there. We opted out of a destination wedding because that would cut our family attendance in half, which was a big priority for us. After quite a few researches and location visits, it came down to the flexibility, price, and quaintness The Lighthouse offered us. The location is such a hidden gem you wouldn't even believe it was in our hometown! 

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

We're both very excited to be a married couple. We've grown up and been together so long it's time to start growing together as one. As for the wedding we're looking forward to spending the day with all of our loved ones. We can't wait to witness the happiness, love and joy we always see in pictures. 

This story reminds us of the Winnie the Pooh quote, "as soon as I saw you, I knew a grand adventure was about to happen." We are so excited to be part of Criselda and Evan's next adventure, and look forward to seeing the magic come November!



You know what they say: "If you love someone, set them free. If they come back, they're yours; if they don't, they never were." Well, lucky for #LHCouple Safia + Raqib, they came back to each other. And come on, aren't they the cutest? Their love just glows!

The two will be celebrating their special day here at The Lighthouse very soon, and below we share how this blushing soon-to-be-bride and dapper soon-to-be-groom met!

(Professional photos courtesy of Sunshine Shannon Photography. Personal photo taken by Shahleha Khan)

How did you and Safia Meet?

(By Raqib)

Safia and I met in High School through a mutual friend. We didn't understand what love was at the time. Eight years later, I reached out to her to catch up. Once meeting with her after so many years those feelings returned and new stronger ones grew.

What's the proposal story? 

(By Safia)

Raqib planned out the proposal with the help of my sister in law, Dunia. One Sunday afternoon Dunia asked me to have lunch with her in Menlo Park. After lunch, Dunia suggested we visit Stanford Campus because she heard it has beautiful buildings. Little did I know, Raqib was hiding near one of these beautiful buildings.

Dunia and I were taking pictures and all of a sudden Dunia receives an unexpected call. She signaled for me to continue walking. I found it odd she didn't want me to wait for her. As I was walking through the hallway I see Raqib. Puzzled that he is there, right in front of me, a million thoughts are running through my head as I wasn't expecting to see him.

Raqib took my hands and began to say, “from the first time I met you, I could tell you were a special person.” At that point, I realized what he was doing there, next thing you know he was on his knee asking me to marry him.

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

We decided to book LHGC because it's a beautiful hidden gem. This venue has a beautiful view of the Marina. Secondly, the staff was extremely warm and welcoming.

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

There is a lot to look forward to for our wedding day. We are both really excited to start our lives together and most importantly, to celebrate our union with our family and friends.

We surely can't wait to watch these two celebrate their union later this month!