Sacramento Weddings

Melissa and Daniel both attended high school in Folsom, where she was stat keeper for his varsity basketball team. “We became friends—getting to know each other on the bus trips to away games,” says Melissa. “We both attended Chico State and our friendship continued to grow, but it wasn’t until after college that we reconnected at the gym back in Folsom, took an interest in each other, and began dating.”

In 2013, the couple took a trip to Carmel and drove along the famous 17-Mile Drive. On a stop at Fanshell Overlook, they enjoyed a romantic picnic on the beach. “Right after we set up our blanket on the sand, Daniel told me how fast two years together had flown by and how he wanted it to be many more years together,” she remembers. “Then he got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him. Of course I said, ‘yes!’”

When planning the wedding, the couple sought a venue where they could host both the ceremony and reception. “I had a vision of what I wanted it to look like and when we visited Vizcaya for the first time, we both had that feeling of, ‘this is the place,’” Melissa says.

In addition to exchanging vows, the couple honored their family with a presentation of roses in recognition of their love and support. Says the bride: “It was a symbol of love for each other’s relatives and the marriage of two families.”

Melissa, Daniel and their wedding party shared a head table at the reception where they watched friends and family enjoy the celebration. “We wanted the reception to be a huge party,” she shares of an evening that included an open bar and a huge dance floor. “Steve Schon with Function 45 was an amazing DJ and emcee.”

One of the most-talked about moments of the night was the father-daughter dance. “My father and I started dancing to the song ‘I Loved Her First’ by Heartland,” she says. “To everyone’s surprise, we broke out into a choreographed mash-up dance of ‘Staying Alive’ by the Bee Gees, ‘Can’t Touch This’ by MC Hammer, ‘Apache’ by Sugarhill Gang, ‘Macarena’ by Los Del Rio and ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.”

But their favorite memory of the event happened when they paused to just breathe it all in. “We looked around and realized that all of our closest family and friends were there to celebrate us,” says Melissa. “It was absolutely perfect to share that experience with all of them and a time we will never forget.”

— Darren Elms