Tell us your love story!
We met through a friend that I knew in college named Seth, he married Summer's best friend, Gina. Seth and Gina were playing matchmaker for Summer! One night around Christmas the three were sitting around talking about who would be a good match for Summer, and Seth mentioned my name and how perfect we would be together. Seth then contacted me and I was single at the time, and from there, the rest was history. Seth ended up getting ordained to be a minister and married us at the Albion Schoolhouse.
What about the proposal?
We were engaged in Playa del Carmen…we were staying at a villa by the sea and she asked me late one night by the waterfall in the back yard. We had an amazing night out at dinner, and came home to enjoy the pool and waterfall in the moonlight over some margaritas. It was a huge surprise, and very romantic.
When did you know that you were meant to be with each other?
We had a moment on our third date that we both realized that we were meant to be, and that this was the real deal. We had a fun night watching her goddaughter and then a delicious dinner with the couple who set us up. The next morning, she was laying across my lap and she looked up into my eyes, and we both felt the connection and knew this was what we both had been waiting for all our lives.
Going into the wedding planning, what did you definitely know?
We definitely wanted something unique and we wanted the setting to be near the redwoods and the ocean. We didn’t want anything stuffy and we wanted to say our vows outside if possible.
What surprised you during planning?
Just how absolutely easy it was to plan! We really tried to do DIY projects for most of it, kept it creative and fun! Honestly nothing was difficult, we kept it low key and tried to cherish the memories. We had family and friends help with the projects, which was very sweet and helpful.
Any advice for couples planning weddings now?
Just to really savor the moments, and don’t be a bridezilla! At the end of the day, you will be married to your love. Don’t sweat the details, and have in your mind that there will be hiccups and you will just move through them. I would personally not change a thing about my wedding… we had beautiful views, a light and fun schoolhouse theme, fantastic comfort food, and an intimate group of family and friends!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
A few things…exchanging our vows of course, and then taking group photos with guests. We only had 55 close friends and family members. We had the guests throw paper airplanes (with their well wishes written on the inside) towards us for a photo. We also had them do a sparkler shot with us, which was really fun. It was super nice having our guests really feel like they were a part of our special day.