A Circle Oak Ranch Wedding
Tell us your love story!
Robin and I met at a friend’s birthday dinner. At the time, Robin was in a relationship and, I was single not ready to mingle. While at our mutual friend’s birthday dinner, Robin and I bonded over beer, our current jobs and, life goals. After that night, Robin and I continue to talk and hang out as friends. A couple months later, Robin and her girlfriend at the time, broke up. Trying to be a good friend to Robin, I would spend hours on the phone with her talking about life providing support. During that time, our friendship and love for one another grew stronger and, soon after, we became a couple. Since Robin lived in Vegas at that time, the beginning of our relationship was based on long conversations over the phone...until we both would fall asleep! We would do our best to coordinate our schedules to see each other during our time off from work but, it began to become much more difficult to say good bye and go weeks without seeing each other. Robin made the decision to quit her job and move back to California so we could move in together. Here we are 9 years later, and our love and appreciation for one another still continues to grow. Life has been great ever since!
What about the proposal?
Our proposal was intimate and sweet. Robin proposed to me after I had a difficult day at work. Robin cleaned and decorated our bedroom. As I walked inside and got comfortable, Robin started to tell me all the reasons she loves me and why I’m so important to her. At first, I thought she she was just trying to make me feel better but, as she continued to express her feelings for me, she pulled out a ring and asked me to marry her. We had been talking about getting married for several years but, always said we should wait because of fear of what our families would say. I’m happy Robin decided to no longer wait and propose to me!
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
I think we both new we were meant to be together from the first the first time we hugged as friends. We always talk about our first hug and how we never wanted let go. How we felt warmth, felt safe and, a connection that we had never felt before. Till this day, every time we hug, we hold on for a little bit longer like we did our first time we hugged.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
As we started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted and outdoor wedding surrounded by trees. We love trees! We also knew we either wanted a spring or autumn wedding.
What surprised you during planning? What was easy, what was difficult?
What surprised us during our planning was finding out how expensive florals can be. I never imagined florals could be so expensive but, at the end we found a fantastic and artistic florist that we both loved and connected with. For us, finding the venue was the easiest. We only saw two venues and, the one we selected was the first one we toured. As soon as we arrived to Circle Oak Ranch weddings we knew we wanted to have our dream wedding there. Meeting the owner and wedding coordinator sealed the deal for us! I really think we lucked out because, finding our photographer and bakery who did our cake and dessert was also super easy! The most difficult part of our planning was arranging transportation for our guests. To get to the venue, our guest had to drive through a winding road which, we didn’t want our guests to go through all that hassle. Coordinating pick times and drop off time and finding a pick up and drop off location was the most stressful part of the entire planning of our wedding.
Is there anything you wish you knew while you were planning your wedding that you know now?
Because we had in mind our theme and vision for a wedding, planning was not stressful and we got lucky with finding and booking our vendors within a couple of months of getting engaged.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now? Anything you would have done differently or anything you’d like to add?
If we were to offer any advice to couples planning a wedding it would be to be true to your own vision as a couple. Rather than trying to meet the expectations of everyone including family. It is incredibly important to distill down the core values that you have individually and within a partnership when creating this experience. Thinking back to that day, I wish I would have had more time getting pictures getting ready with my sisters and mom.
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Our favorite part of our day was “the first look” photos. That moment was so exciting and special to have because we got to have an intimate moment alone and see each other a last time before walking down the aisle. That time alone gave us the opportunity to allow us to feel our emotions about our most special day, but also smile, cry and hug each other.
Robin is wearing blue vest and pants. Myrna is wearing white wedding dress.
- Venue | Coordination: Circle Oak Ranch
- Photographer: Jenn & Pawel Photography
- Florals: Lazaro Floral
- Catering: Anne Taylor Catering
- Music: Station Identification
- Hair & Makeup: Makeup Artist Chastidy
- Rentals: Rustic Urban Events
- Robin's Attire: Sharpe Suiting
- Myrna's Attire: House of St. Patrick
- Bar: Best Beverage Catering