Love is love for AJ and Rob. They met in 2007 through online dating. “What started out as a four-hour casual phone conversation turned into a first date, and the rest is history,” AJ says.
While on a bowling date, AJ was overcome with happiness when he knew in his soul that he found his match. “I thought to myself at that moment, ‘I could see myself marrying this guy and starting a family with him,’” he says. For Rob, he knew AJ was the one several months into the relationship. “He has such a huge heart,” he says. “He always spoke about his family and friends with such love in his voice, and he would do anything for them. We shared many of the same values and viewed life in such a similar way that I knew he was my one and only true love.”
AJ planned an unforgettable proposal to take place at the balcony of Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney’s California Adventure. He contacted the restaurant manager, who really went above and beyond to make it magical. They enjoyed a three-course meal as the only diners on the balcony. “When we were done, I told Rob how much he meant to me through the past seven years and that I couldn’t imagine spending my life without him,” AJ says. “Around the corner, the waitress came with a plate that said, ‘Will you marry me?’ I then took out the ring and asked him if he would be my husband.” Within five minutes, the fireworks show started at Disneyland, which they could see from the balcony. They celebrated with two glasses of Disney’s Fairy Tale Champagne, and once the fireworks ended, the waitress handed them two front row passes to the World of Color show at California Adventure.
They enjoyed engaged life for a couple months before they started planning. “Rob and I both agreed early on that we wanted a smaller, intimate wedding with just our closest family and friends,” AJ says. They planned to bring elements from their engagement into their wedding. “The original Carthay Circle Theatre was more than just a movie house—it reveled in Hollywood’s Golden Age, hosting gala premieres in a time when the stars, the movies and the theaters were big. In the nostalgic spirit of keeping that feeling alive, we chose a wedding theme that celebrated the grandeur, which was uniquely Old Hollywood,” Rob says.
From red carpets, velvet ropes and a black-and-white dance floor, to custom napkins with the couple’s logo, gold place settings and Oscar awards for the wedding party, no detail was left untouched. “The atmosphere was amazing,” AJ recalls. “It was truly like stepping back in time and being at a Hollywood event in the ’40s or ’50s.”
They did break some traditions, one being that they walked down the aisle together. “I remember thinking, ‘This is it, please don’t cry.’” AJ recalls. “Then the music of Michael Hughes’ ‘Solitude’ started to play, those double doors opened, and off we went. The most memorable part about that moment was walking hand-in-hand with my soul mate—the one I want to spend the rest of my life with.”
— Kourtney Jason
AJ & Rob's Wedding Resources
"A Song for Mama" by Boyz II Men
"Everything" by Michael Buble
- "(I've Had) the Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
- "Last Dance" by Donna Summer
- Customized Hollywoodland glasses (Aaron Winters Creative Professional)
- Lavendar bar soap (The Earth Soap)
- California and star shaped cookies (Ettore's European Bakery)
- Chocolate cake pop in tuxedo box (AJ's sister)
- Customized tags for swag bags (Personalization Mall)
- We couldn't have been happier with Lisa Hibdon and Michelle Craven at The Citizen Hotel; they were incredible to work with.
- Aaron Winters was amazing. He designed our save-the-date, wedding invitation, thank you card & personalized logo. He is extremely talented and collaborative. We couldn't have picked a better person to help bring our vision to life.
- Start planning as soon as possible; the big day gets here before you know it.
- Take time to stop and enjoy the day. You've made all the plans, so once the big day is here, just enjoy it! If certain things don't go as you planned, don't worry– you'll be the only one who knows. :)