Sacramento Weddings


Devin and Christopher met on the first day of senior year in high school. They went to homecoming that fall and have been together ever since. They dated three years before getting engaged during a vacation to Cabo San Lucas for Chris’s 21st birthday.

Three years later, they married at Wisteria Gardens in Elk Grove with both the ceremony and reception at the private estate. They loved the venue for its European charm, which coincidentally is located down the street from where each respectively grew up.

The ceremony, in front of 120 guests, included mostly local guests and a six-member wedding party, plus the couple’s pug, Daiquiri, who walked the rings down the aisle.

The wedding day went fast for Devin, co-owner of POP Event Rentals & Designs, and her groom, who is working toward a degree in mechanical engineering. “One minute you’re in the ceremony, next you’re doing the first [dance], and before you know it you’re at the end saying goodbye and thank you to your friends and family,” says Chris, who advises other couples to “not sweat the small stuff, have fun and enjoy every moment.”

Devin walked down the aisle with her dad to her parents’ wedding song, and her uncle officiated. The bride’s family Bible was passed down to the couple during the ceremony, which she says “was perfect and very us. It’s an amazing feeling to feel so much support from our guests as I walked down the aisle and watched everyone’s smiling faces. Definitely something I’ll never forget.”

The wedding’s style was romantic, vintage and antique. Devin’s favorite details included a vintage trunk sign and her bouquet. “They both turned out great and are items I will always hold on to and treasure. When we have guests over, those two items get a lot of attention,” she says.

Chris’s favorite wedding memory was the couple’s first look.  “We chose to see each other before the ceremony and have the moment photographed from a distance. I was so nervous and excited at the same time,” he says. “It’s corny to say it was one of the most memorable short moments of my life, but I can honestly say I will always remember how beautiful she looked and the smile on her face when I saw her for the first time.”

Devin remembers that moment too. “His reaction was perfection,” she says. “I knew he would cry—it’s hard to forget a moment like that.”

— Kristen Castillo