Sacramento Weddings

Audrey and Joey dated two years before getting engaged during a romantic getaway to Half Moon Bay. “He had the entire weekend planned out from start to finish,” says Audrey, describing how Joey insisted they take their standard Half Moon Bay picture. “When he brought me up to the top of the hill, he looked at me and said he couldn’t believe it had been two years already,” says Audrey, continuing, “he got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him.” Joey had invited some of their family and friends to witness the proposal. “They had captured our special moment and stayed the weekend to celebrate the beginning of the rest of our lives with us,” she says.

Engaged for a year, the couple married at Wilson Vineyards. The rustic barn and vineyard setting “accommodated everyone nicely,” says Audrey. “The venue was gorgeous and convenient for our guests.”

Audrey and Joey’s ceremony in front of 150 guests was simple, yet traditional. “Seeing the smile on his face made it that much more emotional for me. We chose not to see one another so we could have that heart-dropping, exciting moment,” says Audrey.

They exchanged vows and rings, followed by a wine and letterbox, which can be opened in five years. “The letters were written to ourselves, reminding [us] why we chose the partner we did, and reasons we chose to get married,” says Audrey, explaining, “if things ever get hard, we are to open the box and remind ourselves why we chose to be married…Little Joey (Joey’s son, who was also the ring bearer) locked the box and is the keeper of the key.”

The vows were touching for Audrey, who pledged her commitment to Joey, as well as Little Joey. “I spent so much time making [my vows] perfect, and I knew they would be an emotional thing to get through,” she says.

Joey’s favorite moments include enjoying the day with friends and family, as well as “saying ‘I do’ to my best friend.” Audrey loved the glittering details of the day. “I wanted the ‘bling’ factor to make everything sparkle just as it did,” she says. “Our arch had very pretty crystals tied throughout it, and the chandeliers we had hanging in the barn just made it all [the] more beautiful.”

The day was a blur for both the bride and groom. “In a blink of an eye, it was over,” says Joey, who advises other couples to “enjoy the day and soak it all in because it goes by fast.”

The couple enjoyed looking back on their special day by watching their wedding video. Audrey says it helped her remember people’s reactions, allowed her to hear the speeches a second time and watch her and Joey in every moment.

—Kristen Castillo