COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: Janelle and Ozzy

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: JANELLE AND OZZY

Janelle and Ozzy were one of the first LH Couples I met when I started working here back in March. They had booked with us in August of 2015, and being that they were a little more familiar with The Lighthouse than I was at the time (given I was still getting my feet wet with my new job), I can’t say I wasn’t nervous to initially meet them. But when I finally did, they were just THE sweetest couple! They were both so patient, light-hearted and funny, and were always welcoming with smiles and all. I immediately gravitated to their warmth and felt no intimidation whatsoever.

When I received O+J’s Couple’s Spotlight responses, I wasn’t surprised at how much love there was in Janelle’s words. You can just sense the connection between the two of them. I couldn’t help but laugh and at the same time want to cry! Read on and you’ll see why (as if the beautiful photos aren't enough)!

All photos courtesy of Alicia Gines Photography

1) How did you and Ozzy meet?

(By Janelle)

Our story is unique. Yes, it began in the typical manner where we met through a mutual friend. But that very first night we met was incredibly different, special if you will. That night sparks flew. No, no, not the lovey, dovey "I'm madly in love with you" kind of sparks. These were friendship sparks, like immediately hit it off, let's hang out tomorrow and the next weekend and the weekend after that kind of sparks. Our love story starts there, as true best friends. We always found ourselves wanting to be in each other’s company. We became each other's horror film watching-taco eating-bar hopping-adventure seeking companions. As our relationship developed, I realized that Ozzy and I have been each other's backbone throughout our entire relationship; supportive, encouraging and just absolutely amazing friends and partners in life. I know everyone's love story is different but I think our love story is special.

2) What's the proposal story? 

Can I just say nervous! I had a gut feeling it was coming. He was acting kind of weird, which usually doesn't surprise me :) but my instincts told me he was nervous, which in turn made me nervous! The day started out with Ozzy surprising me with a suite at my favorite hotel. So, off we go to some unknown adventure. I had no idea what to expect. Were we just going to have a quiet night in and order room service and relax all day? Was I going to walk in and find Robin Thicke on a grand piano with Ozzy on one knee? I mean, the possibilities were endless! 

Unfortunately, Robin Thicke is not a part of this fairytale but it was indeed a beautiful day. We had an amazing lunch at the pier in San Francisco. Interesting side note, do not eat food near San Francisco seagulls, they very well can mug you of your food. I speak of personal experience. So, after we unintentionally fed the seagulls our $20 shrimp from the grotto, we had to have lunch in a restaurant that consisted of a roof and doors. Once we returned to our hotel suite, as I was getting ready for dinner, Ozzy was secretly prepping the living room. I had no idea what I was about to walk into....

I walked out to John Legend playing in the background (come on, no love story is complete without a John Legend cameo) and chocolate covered strawberries on the table with bubbly in Ozzy's hand. I was completely taken aback. I thought, “note to self:  buy champagne and strawberries.” And there it happened.... He knelt on one knee and said, “I have something to ask.” Of course I responded with, "I think I'll start with a strawberry!" I thought he was going to ask if I wanted strawberries or champagne first! I mentioned that I was nervous, right? 

Once we got over that moment of confusion, he popped the long awaited question. This time I appropriately answered yes! The day was absolutely perfect and I couldn't imagine it to be any other way, hiccups and all.

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

One word - Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful, I had to make it a two-word response! The Lighthouse was everything we were looking for and then some. It completely captured the vision that we had in mind. It was a complete bonus to work with the amazing staff, who have been so incredibly helpful along the way. We are madly in love with The Lighthouse.

4) What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

Simply put, I can't wait to call Ozzy my husband. Everything else on that day is an added bonus.

Beautifully said, Janelle! And we certainly can't wait to see your (and Ozzy's) big day unfold!

The Lighthouse Celebrates TWO!

THE LIGHTHOUSE: 2nd Anniversary

On June 12, 2014, after two years of renovations, The Lighthouse officially opened its doors. Surrounded by city officials, local vendors, friends, and family, we cut the ribbon and dove right in. 

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Since that wonderful evening, we've had the extreme privilege of bearing witness to several dozen wedding ceremonies, engagement parties, baby showers, anniversaries, graduations, and even a handful of memorial services. To be entrusted as the backdrop for SO many momentous occasions, and to know we'll forever be intertwined in the history of so many lives, is not something we take lightly. We take pride in what we do, and we appreciate our amazing clients, not only for choosing to join our Lighthouse family, but for being the amazing, down-to-earth people that truly make our job enjoyable.

Last year, our One-Year Anniversary was coupled with a celebration for winning "Marina of the Year". Out of all of the "small" marinas in the nation--The Glen Cove Marina ranked number one. We surely couldn't have accomplished this without the support of all of our clients and vendor friends. Because not only have we had the privilege of working with the best clients around, we've also established some amazing connections and relationships with the most incredible vendors. The support, encouragement, and kindness we've been shown has been overwhelming. 

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We'll soon be rolling out our "Vendor Spotlight" feature on the LH Blog (along with several other features to help spruce things up around here), so you'll get to know some of these incredibly talented Bay Area event professionals soon enough. 

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for making these past two years in business so wonderful--we look forward to infinite more! 

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: Rowena and Matt

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: ROWENA AND MATT

What a dream it would be to fall in love with and marry your best friend…. Well, lucky for LH couple Rowena and Matt, that dream is coming true! In less than two weeks, this happy pair will be done fine-tuning every last detail for their wedding day, and will finally exchange their vows and begin a new chapter as a married couple. As we begin the start of a new wedding month, we share the story of how these high school friends turned in to lifetime sweethearts.

1) How did you and Matt meet?

(By Rowena)

We met in high school and we've known each other since the 10th grade. Over the years we ran into each other at social functions since we had mutual friends. Later on in college, we crossed paths on campus and gradually spent more time together. Our friendship ultimately developed into a romantic relationship. To this day, we have the same group of friends since high school and I consider him to be my best friend.

2) What's the proposal story? 

We spent the day in Half Moon Bay with our dog, Mika. I had a funny feeling that he was going to propose, but it wasn't until the end of the day when we were heading back to the car when he asked to sit down on a bench. We were on a walking path and had a beautiful view of the beach. Matt's proposal was very coy and cute; he was nervous when he popped the question. Matt still gets a little embarrassed when I tell the story, but its a day I'll never forget.

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

We grew up in Vallejo and our family lives close to The Lighthouse. We were quite surprised to learn that a wedding venue was available in Glen Cove! This is the perfect location for our family and friends. We love the ambiance, east coast vibe and the unique, quaint character of the place. The Inn located above was a definite plus and the flexible hours to access the venue allowed us to create our vision of a perfect day.

4) What are you most looking forward to about your wedding? 

Planning a wedding is without a doubt very stressful! All of the time and effort spent planning the fine details will all be worth it on May 21st, 2016. We can't wait to enjoy cocktail hour, dinner and dancing with our closest family and friends. This embarks the start of our new life together, a new chapter in our journey with more memories to come.!

While we wait to see all of Rowena and Matt’s hard work come to life, we can’t say enough how delighted we are that The Lighthouse will be the backdrop for all of their fondest wedding day memories!