Newlyweds Katrina and Daryl have a romantic engagement story—and because Daryl broadcasted it on Facebook Live, many of Katrina’s friends were also able to share in the romance, too! “I’m immediately bombarded by tons of texts, messages, and calls,” says the bride. “Till this day people tell me stories of where they were and what they were doing when they tuned in.” Katrina thought the two were just going for a walk on the beach, only to have Daryl propose on the shore. After she said yes, her parents, along with Daryl’s mother, stepped out from behind a rock to share in the special moment.
The duo met during a birthday dinner for a friend in college and dated for a decade before getting hitched. The celebration was held at the Fitz Place, in Santa Clara’s wine country. The venue was a recommendation from a friend in Katrina’s bridal party, and it was love at first site for the bride. “During our first tour I could tell in Katrina’s face that she was completely in love with everything about this venue,” he says. “I couldn’t deny Katrina the venue of her dreams.”
The laid back, Bohemian-themed ceremony was held under an old oak tree and included a guest appearance from Ellie, the couple’s maltipoo, and Brady, Katrina’s sister’s dog. They were both dressed to the nines in custom outfits handmade by Katrina’s mother.
It wasn’t just the pups that got special treatment in the ceremony, however. Daryl and Katrina’s officiant, Matt, asked them each to answer questions about their relationship prior to the ceremony and worked their responses into his speech on their wedding day. “Matt focused on us as a couple and was able to truly express our love for each other in words we couldn’t find ourselves during the ceremony,” Katrina says.
The reception was held in the same location and included Mediterranean food, as well as tacos as the late-night bite. They skipped the cake and opted for not one but two dessert offerings to satisfy their collective sweet tooth: churros, picked by Daryl, and bibingka, a Filipino coconut-rice pastry from Binka Bites, a bakery in San Francisco that Katrina loves.
Interestingly enough, Katrina’s first look wasn’t quite the same as Daryl’s. Katrina says that Daryl had bought a digital camera on the day they first met in college and took photos of everyone at the party that day. “He seemed to have captured three still shots of me walking up to the table right before we first introduced ourselves,” says Katrina. “We ended up framing one of the photos in the walkway before our ceremony with the words ‘Daryl’s first look.’” While Katrina jokingly describes it as “creepy,” Daryl has a different spin on it. “Those snapshots are what remind me that love can find you when you least expect it. How many people can say they have pictures of their future wife from the night they first met?”
Katrina & Daryl's Wedding Resources
Silent Storm (silent disco)
The Big Island, Hawaii
“Best Part” by H.E.R. and Daniel Caesar
“My Girl” by The Temptations
“The Way You Look Tonight” by Michael Buble
Succulents, air plants, pincushions, king protea, ranunculus, kumquats
Handmade soaps made by the Bride’s sister
• Above all else, we wanted the wedding to showcase us and our relationship. We didn’t do things just for the pomp and circumstance, we focused on what was meaningful to us and cut the rest.
• We also surrounded ourselves with the very best vendors we could’ve asked for. Some of them were already our friends and in our closed networks, which made the day that much more special. But for the rest, we looked for folds that we really connected with and who seemed like they understood our vision.
• Our florist, Melissa, from Bloominaire was an absolute gem to work with. She really understood the vibes we were going for and even helped me imagine more ways to pop in more personal touches. Equally as important, she stayed within my budget and executed impeccably. She was a crucial role in making my vision come to life.
• Our photographer, Michelle, from Valley Images Photography also played a huge role in bringing this to life. When we met with her in person, we clicked immediately, and I knew she was the right one for the job. She was professional, personable, and passionate. Don’t underestimate the value of truly connecting with your vendor. It builds trust and can go a long way. I’m so happy she was able to capture the very best parts of our special day.
Daryl – Try and carve out at lease a couple hours every week to start planning to get used to talking about the weddings. Once you both decide and agree on something, lock it in. Try not to put off too many details/decisions because that list will never end!
Katrina – Have fun and don’t be afraid to take breaks from planning! Don’t let the planning consume or intimidate you. Make it your own, something you both will remember and cherish.
If I had the chance and additional budget, I would have loved help with wedding design. It all worked out in the end but not having someone guide me through the process made it very overwhelming (especially while working a full-time job). There are so many last minute decisions that you have to make and it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle or doubt if it’s all coming together holistically.