Rob & Rigo's love story (as told by Rob)...
Rigo reached out to Me using an online dating app. After a couple conversations, we decided to see the movie Ted when both of our Fourth of July plans fell through. Dinner followed the movie and coffee followed dinner. There was an instant connection. We've spent every weekend together since we met. That was three years ago.
Proposing was tricky. We decided that Rigo would ask me. For a couple of months, I kept thinking "Is today the day?" Christmas, New Years, and Valentine's Day all passed. I still didn't have a ring. Even when we went to Disneyland, I thought "Is today the day?" On February 21, 2014, Rigo had the day off and asked me what I wanted for dinner while I was at work. I said let's play it by ear. I arrived home to a transformed living room with a table for two in the center, string lights on the ceiling, La Vie En Rose playing in the background, and candlelight. Rigo popped out wearing a suit and bowtie. He got us California Pizza Kitchen and white cherry icees. Both items we had on our first date. He also had a friend create a comic book depicting our adventure together. Finally, he got on his knee and proposed with a legend of Zelda ring that I saw on tumbler. It was perfect. Of course, I said yes.
We knew that we were meant to be together early on in the relationship. It was one of those love at first sight moments to be honest. We didn't we believe in them before, but then it happened. When you know, you know.
When planning the wedding, we knew we wanted to celebrate with our friends and family. We just went to four other weddings before getting engaged so we wanted to take the best parts from each one. We wanted an emphasis on dancing, a dessert bar, and a venue with a nice open area so guests didn't feel crowded. We're both easy going people and we wanted the wedding to reflect that. I think the costs surprised us. Everything seemed to just quickly add up. At the same time, I was surprised that we stopped caring and just focused on the results. Our coordinators Becky and Cassie really made everything easy. They helped us plan all the details. We couldn't have pulled it off without them. The hardest was knowing that we couldn't invite everyone. We did good though with 125 guests. We wish we knew that the weather was going to be beautiful. We were a little worried that week, but there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Get a coordinator. It's worth the investment. You really don't want to worry about anything. Also, make sure the wedding has details that reflect you as a couple. We were careful to match everything to our aesthetic. Lastly, don't leave anything to chance. Take care of everything as early as possible. We were so happy to hear people tell us that we had plenty of time. Things still went wrong but we didn't have a time stress.
Our favorite part was that we were each able to marry our best friend in front of our loving friends and family. Walking down the aisle before and after the ceremony are memories we will cherish forever.