The Couple: Brooke and Ryan Coe
Wedding Date: May 1, 2010
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: Ryan and I met in college in 2005, when we were both attending CSU Stanislaus. We hit it off immediately and have only gone a few days without talking since then. We continued dating and maintained our relationship when Ryan’s life took him to Fresno in pursuit of a master’s degree.
In 2009, when we had both graduated and had steady jobs in Sacramento, Ryan and I visited the CSU Stanislaus campus again, simply to reminisce. It was there that Ryan proposed, in front of one of the many lakes on campus. Afterwards, we celebrated by first picking up some tacos from my favorite taco truck and then with champagne at Ryan’s parents’ house.
What was the most amazing part of your day? As a surprise, our officiant asked both sets of parents to write a short message to their child on his/her wedding day, and she read them to us as part of the ceremony. It was extremely touching and special.
What else would you like to share about your big day? The reception was a blast. We had great music, great food and a very fun crowd. Almost everyone was up dancing!
Ceremony & Reception Site: Wine & Roses
Photographer: Shoop’s Photography
Cake: River City Cake Co.
Flowers: Woodbridge Florist
Favors: I made small boxes out of the greeting cards that our guests had given to us over the years, filled them with chocolate, and then gave the guests back their own card, now favor. One card dated all the way back to my (the bride’s) fourth birthday! The chocolate inside was the bride’s favorite: milk chocolate buttercream from See’s Candies.
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Hair: Roseanna Sterni from Essentials Day Spa and Salon
Makeup: Natalia Sitkin from Essentials Day Spa and Salon
Invitations: DIY from Target
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Sacramento GoodTimes Show (we loved him — an EXCELLENT DJ)
Honeymoon location: Disney World and the Bahamas
Any other of your wedding vendor(s) you’d like to call out? Les Farrington — a great acoustic guitar player for our ceremony and cocktail hour, and special thanks to our family friend, Pat Sterger, for making the centerpieces and bringing them all the way from southern California!
First Dance Song: “I Get a Kick Out of You” by Frank Sinatra
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? When you’re feeling overwhelmed, delegate…remember, your friends and family will be happy to help in planning this special day.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Perhaps provide more beer? Our supply was out very quickly. Otherwise, I wouldn’t change a thing. It was a really great day.
Photos courtesy of Shoop’s Photography.