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!

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: Sarah and Daniel


Love is such a beautiful thing, and we're so lucky that we get to witness and help celebrate the union of #LHCouple Sarah and Daniel in less than two months! This good-looking pair booked with us back in October and after reading how Daniel proposed to Sarah, we imagine that their wedding day will be full of happy tears, and will be nothing short of the kind of love you only read about in books or see in the movies! 

1) How did you and Daniel meet?

(By Sarah)

We met through mutual friends at a backyard barbecue four years ago. He couldn't figure out how to unlatch the gate to get in the party, and I helped him :) The rest is history.

2) What's the proposal story? 

May 10, 2015 - Mother's day (my first Mother's Day - we have a 17-month old son). We also happened to plan our sons baptism on this day as well. After church, we invited all of our close friends and family back to my mom's house for a baptism/Mother's day celebration. After we all ate, he surprised me with a slideshow of photos of our family/pregnancy/baby boy birth (yes, it was as perfect as it sounds)! Everyone was in tears already, and then he got down on one knee in front of all of our loved ones! I said yes, of course!

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

As soon as we started looking for venues after our engagement, I stumbled upon the website. I was sold. And once we came to visit the first time, my Fiance and I both fell in love. The Lighthouse is such a charming and unique Bay Area wedding venue. It combines the outdoor feel, with the convenience of an indoor setting. It is everything we were looking for and more!

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

Celebrating our love with all of our friends and family in such a stunning location.

Aw Sarah, you're so sweet! And we can't wait to see how stunning YOU are on your big day!!!

COUPLE'S SPOTLIGHT: Kathryn and Greg


We always love to hear the fun and unique stories behind how our Lighthouse couples met (which probably explains why our Couple's Spotlight feature is one of our faves), and this next featured couple is no exception.

We couldn't stop smiling when we got the photos in our inbox from this picture perfect pair who, in just a few short weeks, will be sharing their vows and tying the knot here at The Lighthouse! Below, Kathryn shares the story of how she met Greg and how he proposed. Oh, and did we mention the sweet sentiments she shares about our venue? Stop Kathryn, you're making us blush! ;)

1) How did you and Greg meet?

(By Kathryn)

We initially met online.  After exchanging a few messages, I learned that Greg was a frequent gym-goer.  Unbeknownst to either of us, we had been working out at the same gym for over a year.  One day shortly after meeting online, I was at the gym and I happened to see Greg and recognized him from his online profile photo, so I introduced myself.  We made arrangements to go out on our first date that next weekend and the rest is history. 

2) What's the proposal story? 

Greg proposed to me while we were on vacation in Hawaii.  We went to one of our favorite restaurants for dinner the first night were there.  Afterwards, we walked out on the beach.  Greg said he had something he wanted to read me.  He began to read me a poem he wrote.  He is known for writing me funny quirky poems, so I just thought it was another one of his poems.  As the poem progressed, I realized this was something much more and it concluded with him down on one knee asking me to be his wife. 

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

We had looked at a few wedding venues, but nothing felt right. My caterer recommended that I check out the Lighthouse. Marie was able to set Greg and I up with a tour right away. As soon as we saw The Lighthouse, we knew it was for us. The venue is so beautiful and charming. We love everything - the succulents, large lawns (perfect for our lawn games!), palm trees, modern banquet room, the inn upstairs, and of course the view of the marina and surrounding waters. The customer service from day one has been amazing!

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

Celebrating with all of our loved ones from near and far!

Aside from the beauty of our property here at The Lighthouse, we always strive for great customer service and are so happy to hear from our clients when our hard work comes through! Thanks so much, Kathryn and Greg - we cannot wait to see how you two transform our space and all the amazingness you have up your sleeves for next month!