The Couple: Tom Lata & Bethany Perez
Wedding Date: October 10, 2009
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Tom is currently studying to become a nurse anesthetist at Samuel Merritt University and has been involved in health care in different functions for 18 years. While Bethany has remained a physical therapist at a major hospital in Sacramento for just over five years. We initially met at work and quickly became friends as we both shared many commonalities. We had our first date in May of 2007, progressing quickly as met each other’s respective extended families by July. On February 2nd, 2008, Bethany had a night of surprises waiting for her which started with a lovely dinner and a stay within a suite at the W hotel in San Francisco, planned by Tom. After dinner, they arrived at their room to hear Bethany’s favorite song permeating through the suite door. As Tom opened the door for Bethany votive candles illuminated the suite with a path of rose pedals leading in, awaiting Bethany’s arrival. He then handed her a ring and asked for her hand in marriage. To Bethany’s delight, Tom had advised her Dad of his plans and obtained his blessing previously. The very next morning, Tom’s parents aware of the plans, surprised them with a Champagne brunch to celebrate the special occasion!
What was the most amazing part of your day? Tom said: Seeing my beautiful Bethany walk down the aisle with her Dad gazing at her. Bethany says: Those brief moments together between the ceremony and the photographs immediately after we were married. We were both glowing and grinning ear to ear with the excitement of our union. It was a very intimate moment…
What else would you like to share about your big day? We selected our wedding date because it was Bethany’s grandparents anniversary and the Birthday of her niece Tristan, our flower girl . We feel fortunate that our families united together with our union.
Ceremony Site & Reception Venue: Monte Verde Inn
Photographer: Lisa Richmond Photography
Videographer: Artistic Imagery
Cake: Monte Verde Inn
Flowers: O’Shays Flowers
Favors: White chocolate dipped licorice made at home!
Wedding Dress: Casablanca 1900 in Champagne purchased at Bella Donna Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Denise Viertel at Article
DJ/Entertainment: SJ’s Disc Jockey
Honeymoon location: Tokyo, Japan
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? Weddingaccents.com for my ivory mantilla veil.
First Dance Song: “Come away with me” by Nora Jones
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Relax and enjoy this time together. The planning can be just as much fun as the wedding itself! Try not to get to focused on the details, after all this should be one of the happiest times in your life. Your wedding will come and go before you know it!
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Honestly, no. We truly enjoyed both preparing for our special day and experiencing the big day with all our friends and family. We couldn’t have wished for more!