LucasHeather1retouchThe Couple:  Heather & Lukas

Wedding Date:  September 21

Photography by Artistic Photography by Tami

Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  Lukas and I met several years before we actually started dating.  We met while working together at Fat’s Asia Bistro in early 2006.  I was just a hostess at the time and he was a server.  When I first saw him I thought he was verrrry attractive!  He was tall, handsome, had longer hair that looked like a curly fro and, of course, he had the best personality!  He always made me smile and laugh when he would come up to the hostess stand to talk to me!  And I was definitely always flirting back with him!

While our relationship started out as a friendship, over time, it grew into LOVE!  It was April of 2010 when the next chapter of our lives started together as a couple.  It has always been crazy to think back on all of the memories that we have created together, as well as apart to get where we are today.  One of the best things about our relationship is the fact that it started out as a friendship and then grew into so much more.  We always like to remind each other — whether we wanted to admit it to ourselves or not  — deep down we’ve always loved each other since the day we met.  They always say that you marry your best friend!  It is a great feeling to know that I have found the person that I want to grow old and spend the rest of my life with.

What was the most amazing part of your day?  The most amazing part of my day was our “first look.”  Lukas and I decided that it was important to us that we take our pictures before the ceremony so that we had more time during the wedding to spend with our family and friends.  Though we ended up seeing each other before, it ended up being the most amazing part of my wedding day.

Our “first look” took place on the 14th floor balcony of The Citizen Hotel in downtown Sacramento.  Though the videographer and photographer were there with us to capture the moment, at the time we didn’t even notice that they were there.  It was a very private, romantic and memorable moment for us.  Lukas was standing on the far end of the balcony facing away from me as I walked toward him to tap him on the shoulder.  As he turned around I started to cry — he looked perfect and I couldn’t have been any happier or more thankful at that moment to be marrying such a wonderful man.

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Ceremony & Reception Site, and Caterer: The Citizen Hotel

Photographer:  Artistic Photography by Tami

Videographer:  Phillip Alan Films

Hair:  Zimbali Salon

Bridal Attire:  The Bridal Box

Invitations:  Storkie Express, Inc.

Flowers: Bloem Decor

Cake: Freeport Bakery

DJ/Entertainment/Band:  Music & More Entertainment

Honeymoon Location:   Hawaiian Islands- Oaho and the Big Island

First Dance Song:  “Your Song” by Ellie Goulding

Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out?  No, but I would like to say that I couldn’t have been happier with the vendors that I picked.  They all did a perfect job and I highly recommend reaching out to check them out for yourself!

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Sadly the day goes by so fast!  After all of your planning and hard work it’s like you blink and it’s over. If I could give any advice it would be to GET A VIDEOGRAPHER. We received our wedding video from Phillip Alan Films a few months after our wedding and I couldn’t have been happier with it. There is so much that you miss on your wedding day being the bride, and the video brought it all back to me. I cry every time I watch it.  It is amazing to see it all over again!

If you cannot get a videographer, have a family member or friend film it.  Then, if that isn’t possible, make sure you stop every moment that you can, take a deep breath, and really take in everything that is happening on your special day.  It is something you are not going to want to forget!

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  I am happy to say that I wouldn’t have done anything differently! The day was perfect!

Photos courtesy of and copyright Artisitc Photography by Tami.

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