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

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!