The Couple: Alyssa & Ryan
Wedding Date: September 22, 2018
Tell us a little about you and your beloved: We met in March of 2008 when we both worked at Chili’s. A year later we started dating and on August 27, 2017, he proposed. I have always wanted to go horseback riding so Ryan secretly planned for us to go horseback riding in South Lake Tahoe. He made it feel like it was a spur of the moment kind of thing. As we got to the top, our tour guide insisted we stop for pictures. As we were standing in front of this amazing view of Emerald Bay, I turned to face Ryan and he was down on one knee. I was speechless!
We gave ourselves 2 years to plan the wedding, which still went by so fast but we could not have done it without the help from our family and friends. We are really truly blessed to have such a great support system.
What was the most amazing part of your day? The moment the church doors opened and I began walking down the aisle, I looked up at Ryan and he had the biggest smile on his face. That was honestly the best part. My heart was so happy!
Ceremony Site: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
Ceremony Musicians: Jose Zaragoza Mariachi Trio
Officiant: Father O’Reilley
Reception Venue: Croatian Cultural Center
Photographers: Monica S Photography
Videographer and Photo Booth: Jensen Films – Wedding and Event Cinematography
Wedding Planner and Lighting: JSV Events
Cake/Desserts: Ettore’s Bakery & Café
Flowers: Accents by Sage Floral Design
Favors: Ferrero Rocher Chocolates & Personalized Thank You Cards made by Petals by Stephanie
Bridal Attire: Miosa Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Lulus
Invitations: Petals by Stephanie
DJ/Entertainment/Band: Charlie Ramos
First Dance Song: “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur
Any advice you’d give to our readers who are planning their weddings right now? My advice is to remember to have fun! You and your partner have spent however long planning for such a beautiful day, make sure to just embrace every moment and don’t sweat the little details. At the end of the day, you got to married your best friend and the love of your life. That’s a perfect day.
Anything that you would have done differently if you were given the chance? Our wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect for us.
Photography by Monica S Photography.
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