COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: CRISELDA + EVAN

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: CRISELDA + EVAN

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!

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: SAFIA + RAQIB

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: SAFIA + RAQIB

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!

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!