Salcedo-0193The Couple:  Melissa & Richard

Wedding date:  November 10, 2012

Photography by Amy Nicole Photography

Tell us a little about you and your beloved:  Richard and I met online almost eight years ago. We were pretty sure that we were meant to be from the beginning since our first date lasted for six hours! He was living in the Bay Area and I was living in San Luis Obispo, so seeing each other took some planning. We soon grew tired of the long-distance thing and decided to move in together. This could have meant the end for us (since not everyone is as compatible as they think they are once they are living together), but we survived and became stronger than ever!

Our personalities are very similar—we are very down to earth and love watching professional sports games. Because of our love for sports, having an underlying sports theme to our wedding was very important to us.

What was the most amazing part of your day?  That all of the planning was finally done!! We were able to relax and enjoy our day with family and friends. Everything ran smoothly and without any major hitches.

What else would you like to share about your big day?  Selecting Lake Natoma Inn as our venue was definitely the right choice for us. Having a good deal of friends and family coming in from out of town (and out of the country), it was very convenient to have a hotel as part of our venue. Also, the photos that were taken by the river were incredible!

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Officiant: Rev. Jeri Murphy

Ceremony and Reception site, and Caterer:   Lake Natoma Inn

Photographer:  Amy Nicole Photography

Cake:  Shelton’s Wedding Cake Designs

Cake Topper: A custom bobble head

Flowers:  Ambience Floral Design

Favors:  Kustom Koozies

Bridal and Bridesmaids’ attire:  Enchanted Bridal Shoppe

Hair:  Vanessa Rockey

Invitations:  McPherson’s

DJ/Entertainment/Band:  The Entertainment Team

Honeymoon Location:  After paying for the entire wedding ourselves, we are having to save up for the honeymoon. We are trying to decide between traveling to the East Coast or visit family in the Philippines. Luckily we still have time to decide.

First dance song: “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera

Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now?  Start planning ASAP. Don’t be afraid to spend money on a photographer: pictures last forever. Meet with more than one vendor and make sure your personalities are a good fit.

Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance?  If we could have afforded it, we would have invited more guests. But other than that we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine.

Photos courtesy of and copyright of Amy Nicole Photography.

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