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!

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: BETH + ANDY

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: BETH + ANDY

Spring is officially here and wedding season is upon us! This sweet couple has been waiting for the beautiful sunshine to come out and not only so they can explore the outdoors, go on trips, or enjoy a nice long hike together. This Spring, Lighthouse couple, Beth + Andy, get to look forward to their beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony on our West Lawn where they will begin the start of their lifelong trip to marital bliss!

For those who don’t believe that true love can be found through online dating, think again! Beth and Andy sure proved us wrong; the connection between these two is electric! Today we share their unique love story, and in just a few short weeks we get to help them celebrate their love.

How did you and your significant other meet?

(In her words)

Andy and I met on-line (POF) in December 2013. At first I didn’t want to do on-line dating but with the help of my girlfriend who is now married to a man she met on the same site, I decided to give it a try. Our 1st meeting was for coffee at Caffe Trieste on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.

Shortly thereafter, we discovered we both liked hiking and the outdoors. Our 1st official date was at Muir Woods. Ever the planner, Andy mapped out our hike from the park entrance to Stinson Beach with a relaxing bus ride up the hill afterwards. The hike to Stinson was fun and we enjoyed hanging out on the beach together. When it came time for the bus ride back, we ran into a problem. The bus doesn’t run in the wintertime. With an hour of daylight left, we hitchhiked and sped-walked up the 4-mile Steep Ravine Trail. Then we took a different local bus and walked the final mile guided by the lights on Andy’s cell phone screen. It was very romantic. I was a good sport about everything and agreed to give him another chance. The rest is history. We’ve enjoyed numerous road trips, movies, and laughter-filled evenings at home ever since.

What's the proposal story? 

(In his words)

I was planning to ask Beth to marry me on a hike we really like at Point Lobos (Monterey) around Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, it rained that day and I had a stomach flu, so we scratched the hike and spent the morning at a museum. I didn’t want to ask her at the museum (and I was getting anxious carrying the ring around in my pocket all morning), so I suggested we take a walk on a path near the ocean after the museum (it was kind of drizzling at that point).

It’s a fairly busy path and I was worried about finding a private spot where I could ask her. Fortunately, we came across an open area and Beth and I walked out on the rocks near the water. I got down on one knee in front of her and she said “why don’t you come sit next to me”. “Uhhh, no I’m fine here,” and I proceeded to pull out the ring.
 
I was planning to say the following: “The last three years have been three of the best and happiest years of my life. We have so much fun together. We've taken some wonderful trips. You put up with all my quirks and all the weird things I do. We make a good team. You're sweet and kind and beautiful and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?”

Unfortunately, I got a little off-track and forgot some of what I was going to say. Fortunately she said “yes” anyway.

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

The Lighthouse was the 1st venue we looked at followed by 3 more. There were so many things we liked about the Lighthouse: The intimacy and how private the location is, the wrap around porch (Beth’s favorite), the Inn located upstairs, the layout, the succulents and trees, the marina. Most importantly, we love the staff at the Lighthouse. You guys are so warm and friendly and easy to talk to…and you’ve been so incredibly helpful throughout the whole process. Brittanie, Crystal, and Marie, you are the BEST!! Thank you, thank you for everything you’re doing for us!

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

(Beth) The exchanges of our vows. Looking at his eyes while I say the things I want to say in front of our family and friends are crucial, how I want to let all of them know how much I love this person in front of me. And to party afterwards!

(Andy) I’m excited to see her in her dress and walking down the aisle toward me. And putting the ring on her finger – that’ll be special. It’ll be wonderful to see all our friends and family too, and have everyone there to celebrate us.

Beth and Andy, thank you for making our jobs easy! You two exude the same kindness that we mirror back to you. We are so grateful to be part of your ongoing love story, and can’t wait to coordinate your special day! It will be here before you know it ;)

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: CRISTINA + SERGEI

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: CRISTINA + SERGEI

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 ;)