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!

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: MICKEY + MIKEY

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: MICKEY + MIKEY

It's been such a busy time here at The Lighthouse as we prep for The Open House on March 12th, but not too busy to remember to share the story of #LHCouple Mickey + Mikey!

When I first met Mickey and Mikey during their tour, they were THE sweetest couple ever!!! I remember how excited Mickey was, and how she literally had everything already planned out before even booking with us! She loved everything about the gorgeous venue, and, since day one, the feeling was mutual! That is to say, we LOVE THEM! Working with the pair, we got to see how bubbly, organized, and visually talented Mickey is, and how caring, relaxed, and supportive Mikey is, and there's no doubt that the two make the perfect couple!

Tomorrow, we witness their fateful union, but today, we share below the story of how they came to be.

(Photos courtesy of Encarnacion Photography www.encarnacionphotography.com)

How did you and Mikey Meet?

(By Mickey)

Mikey and I met in high school! He's two grades above me. During his senior year / my sophomore year, I noticed him walk past me a couple times and I thought he was really cute. ;) I then proceeded to "stalk" him around the high school, until I finally gathered enough confidence to invite him to hang out! We became friends but didn't start dating until December 13, 2009.

What's the proposal story? 

During Independence Day weekend of 2016, Mikey and I headed to Sacramento, CA to spend time with my family. My sister made plans with me for that Saturday morning to wake up early, grab some coffee at a swanky coffee shop, and walk around the local farmer's market to shop and take pictures (basically all my favorite things to do). When we got to the coffee shop, we ordered our drinks and sat outside on their shaded patio. As I proceeded to being shoving a blueberry scone in my mouth, Mikey tells me to put on a set of headphones and watch a YouTube video. Thinking that it's probably a video about pugs, I keep eating... but turns out, it's a video of Mikey recording a message to me! I won't tell you what the message said, but basically, once the video was over, Mikey bent down on one knee! I tried to finish swallowing my mouthful of scone and then I said "yes!" :) Meanwhile, my sister, brother-in-law, and little cousin were all there watching, smiling, and taking pictures of the moment!

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

I was immediately attracted to the environment and lighting at The Lighthouse! I spent sooooo much time researching venues in the San Francisco Bay Area to no avail! I wasn't satisfied with any venue. When I stumbled upon the Lighthouse, I was in awe about how much the venue suited my particular taste! Once I reached out, I found out that The Lighthouse team was incredibly accommodating, and feature so many amenities that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get married here. Mikey and I absolutely love the area and can't wait for the big day.

What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

I'm most looking forward to all of our families being together in the same room for the FIRST TIME EVER. Even though Mikey and I have been together for 7 years, many of our family members have never met, including our parents. We're looking forward to spending this time with all of our loved ones together, as a newly merged family.

We couldn't be more excited to be part of this couple's special day, and see their vision come to life!