The Couple: Celia and Max Feldman
Wedding Date: July 24, 2010
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: How we met: I was single and my roommate was trying to find me a boyfriend. She told me about a guy named Max in her business class that I would have a lot in common with. I shied away after she told me that he was the sign language president of the college, even though I was pretty into sign language myself. He stopped by our work one day to say hi to her and she introduced me. I thought he was pretty cute, so I told her that we should all go out one night.
A few weeks later, we met up with Max at a local bar. I was very nervous, but I thought we got along pretty well. After that night I told my roommate to give Max my number, but she never did. A year passed and we both lived our separate lives. I ran into Max a few times here and there, but nothing ever happened until one night when I went out on the town with a friend. I accidently bumped into a guy in one of the crowded bars and he said, “What are you just going to walk right past me?” I looked up and realized it was the guy I met a year ago, Max. In that moment something clicked and we knew we were meant to be in that place at that time. From then on we were inseparable…and still are.
Our engagement story: Max and I moved to the Sacramento area. One weekend we planned to go to back to Monterey because we missed the ocean air and our old friends. The plan was to stay with our old roommate for the whole weekend, but Max kept bringing up staying in a hotel room. I didn’t think it was necessary because I wanted to save money.
Little did I know, Max had a plan. Throughout our day in Monterey, we went to all of our favorite tourist spots: Downtown Alvarado St., Fisherman’s Warf, Del Monte Beach. We even bought matching Monterey sweatshirts to signify how touristy we were. We went for a walk on our favorite beach, (the one where we had our first real kiss and the one we lived right next to before away) and decided to sit down to take it all in. We were taking pictures of everything that surrounded us, because somehow we both knew that this day was special. Max asked me to take a picture of him gazing out into the ocean. So, I went far behind him and did as he asked. When I told him to turn around he was starting to get up, but he stayed on one knee. He then told me to come closer and as I did I saw that he had written, “Will u marry me” in the sand. We both started crying and I of course said yes! One year later, we got married on the very same beach.
What was the most amazing part of your day? Having our wonderful friends and family surrounding us. We had visitors from all over… California, Florida, Oregon, Nevada, Canada and even Greece.
What else would you like to share about your big day? I loved every minute of my wedding day. Getting ready in our fancy room, taking pictures with my ladies (while they tried to hide the fact that my little flower girl ripped her dress), waiting in the bathroom at the venue so my husband wouldn’t see me before the ceremony, walking down the isle and locking eyes with the love of my life, dancing to “Brown-eyed Girl,” and of course my infamous keg stand.
Ceremony Site: Del Monte Beach
Reception Venue: Del Monte Beach House
Photographer: H & Co. Photographers
Caterer: Monterey Beach Party
Flowers: Pacific Grove Florist
Favors: Carousel Candies
Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Kim Larson
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Kelley Conover
Honeymoon location: Dreams Los Cabos
First Dance Song: “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? Don’t stress out. Keep in mind that that not everything will turn out exactly the way it was supposed to, but that’s okay…embrace it.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? The only thing I would change is that I wish the night had lasted longer. I could have danced about five more hours.
Photos courtesy of H & Co. Photographers.