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!



Hello there!

My name is Marie Masa and I am the Director of Sales + Events here at the amazing Lighthouse at the Glen Cove Marina. I am likely the person you will be working with during your planning process, so I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. 

I first jumped into the world of events while planning my own wedding. Freshly out of college, having studied Creative Writing and Spanish, I jumped into…sales. Not a predictable career move, but I loved interacting with people. After a couple of years in that field, I became engaged to my now-husband and we started planning our own wedding. It was during that time that I unearthed an inescapable passion for planning events. I also had the wonderful opportunity to serve as a featured blogger for the popular site Weddingbee, wherein I blogged about my wedding plans, day-in and day-out. This helped fulfill two passions of mine—writing and event planning.

Three weeks after our wedding, needing to fill that planning void, I started working at a high volume wedding and banquet facility. During my time there, I assisted with the planning and execution of more than 200 weddings (and countless more special events) and met and formed bonds with all of my amazing clients. I cried each and every time I sent a bride (or groom!) down the aisle. Seeking something a bit closer to my home, I met with the owner of The Lighthouse and immediately fell in love with this place. I knew I had to be a part it and thankfully the feeling was mutual.

The Lighthouse—this beautiful three-story building was originally built in 1910. At that time, it served as an actual lighthouse. In fact, it was the first lighthouse to mark the entrance to the Carquinez Strait. During this period, however, the building was located at the southern end of Mare Island.  In 1955, after the building was decommissioned, the light-emitting beacon itself was removed and the house was moved two miles down the strait to its current home here at the scenic Glen Cove Marina.

The current owner bought the marina about seven years ago and has put extensive time, money, heart, and soul into its renovations. The bottom floor of the building has been remodeled into a gorgeous waterfront banquet room capable of seating up to a maximum of 140 guests (195 cocktail style) and the building sits between two waterside lawns. The top two floors (The Inn) consist of three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, formal dining room, living room and loft.

I sit in the Bridal Loft often and imagine the excitement these walls will see—the champagne, the make-up, the dresses, tuxes, tears and laughter. We are on the precipice of something amazing—the beginning days of a venue that will serve as the setting for so many people’s “best-day-ever”. I can hardly wait!

Next Up: Our Grand Opening!