Sacramento Weddings

Jeannine and Joey met in 2008 when they worked together at Safeway—he was the store’s assistant manager while she was the assistant manager at the bank inside. Their relationship grew beyond colleagues when they were set up on a date. Their friend and coworker who organized the movie night happened to get “sick” at the last minute, so Jeannine and Joseph could enjoy the movie with each other.

Two months later, they moved in together. And a year after, they bought a house. Jeannine knew Joey was the one because she always felt butterflies around him, yet they each felt comfortable to be themselves.

Joey had the idea to propose during a trip to the Cayman Islands. One night, he asked Jeannine to go for a walk on the beach. They walked from one end to the other, and just as the sun was setting, he got down on one knee and popped the question. “It was the best and prettiest location I could have ever imagined,” Jeannine recalls.

The couple had a few more days to enjoy their engagement at the beach before returning home. As soon as they got back, they dove right into planning. They first secured the date—mid-spring—and the location—Delta Diamond Farm. “It was exactly what we were both envisioning,” she says.

The atmosphere throughout their wedding day was mostly relaxed—they were both so excited to become husband and wife. “It felt like a big party, not a formal affair, and the venue helped keep things intimate,” Jeanine says.

The bride followed the something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue tradition with an old piece of jewelry from her grandma attached to her bouquet, a vintage blue hankie, borrowed earrings, and a new dress. They also opted to follow the bouquet toss but skipped the garter toss.

As they think back to their favorite moments of the day, the couple has two. “Our timetable dance was an amazing moment with all of our guests, where we could recognize the longest married couple,” she says. For Joey, it was seeing Jeannine walk down the aisle. “Seeing how beautiful Jeannine looked—I was in awe,” he says.

Jeannine smiles as she thinks of that moment as well. “As soon as I saw Joey, I started to cry. It was wonderful seeing friends and family there to support both of us.”

—Kourtney Jason