Megan and Blake have been sweet on each other since they met, when the bride and groom’s brothers went to college together. The couple sweetened their wedding by asking immediate family members to choose a favorite candy, like red licorice and 3 Musketeers, which were served at a dessert table during the reception.

Blake, an office assistant, proposed to Megan, a teacher, on Christmas Day at their new home in Rancho Murieta.  Following an eight-month engagement, they married at the nearby Rancho Murieta Country Club. “We love having the reminder of our big day every time we walk around our neighborhood,” Megan says.

The couple shared their wedding with 90 guests, including all of Blake’s family from Stockton. The bride’s godfather officiated the ceremony. Megan wore an ivory gown with a beaded top and corset back; she accessorized with her grandmother’s pearl necklace. Blake was overwhelmed with his bride’s beauty.

“She looked amazing—I’ll never forget the moment she walked down the aisle. I almost cried,” he says. “I had to try my best to hold back tears.”

The wedding colors of black, white, pink and gold were classic with “a touch of femininity,” says the bride, noting she and her groom wanted to personalize the wedding. “We made the wedding our own,” says Megan, explaining they had “a slideshow with pictures from when we were young all the way up to the time right before we were married.”

Another personal touch, the aforementioned candy table, also included Jordan almonds in memory of Megan’s great-grandmother, Sohn. In addition to candies, guests enjoyed a three-tier white wedding cake with pink roses and a different flavor for each tier: white cake with strawberry filling for the top, red velvet with cream cheese frosting for the middle, and white cake with white frosting on the bottom.

The newlyweds shot photos on the country club’s property, including tons of fun ones on a bridge and driving golf carts around the course with their wedding party. One of the groom’s favorite moments? “When we walked out at the end of our wedding to find a red carpet leading up to our limo,” he says. “I felt like a celebrity with all of [our] friends and family as our biggest fans.”

Their A-list event required a lot of planning, and since the couple didn’t have a wedding planner, Megan was very busy—working full-time and coordinating wedding details after hours. While she “spent hours” on the planning, she says it was worth it. “It was absolutely perfect!” she says. “All of our vendors did a great job and our families put so much time and effort into helping it look beautiful for our reception.”

―Kristen Castillo