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Isai & Gilbert’s Golden Springtime Alameda Wedding
“This event is all about you both and stressing about it only affects you. In the end, it will be a great event. Not everything will go according to plan, but no one will notice but you. So don’t sweat the small stuff. Good vendors will have a process and they will help guide you to make your day special. Remember, you are a novice at weddings, so leave the stressing to the experts around you that have the experience.”
Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.
After I finished school, I was interested in finding friends and so I searched social media to find people who shared my common interests. Isaiah had a video featuring RENT the movie on his MySpace and that connection started our future relationship. To steal a line from “A Walk to Remember,” I told Isaiah we could hang out, but he had to “promise he wouldn’t fall in love with me.” I think I said that because I was lost in his smile. Six years later, the Supreme Court made the decision to make my future with Isaiah legal. I planned an event packed trip to Las Vegas to enjoy concerts, great food, gambling and a sweet surprise. I planned this trip all around Isaiah with him thinking Celine Dion would be the highlight. We always go to a nice restaurant as part of our trip and so we went to the Eiffel Tower restaurant. They magically gave us a table across the Bellagio Fountains with red long-stem roses and personalized menus. Isaiah felt we were so lucky and was oblivious to the activity happening around him due to his heavy posting on social media. When I came back from the “bathroom,” our dessert came out. However, only one dish came out covered when we had ordered two. Isaiah’s puzzled look turned into a gasp of surprise as the server uncovered a plate of roses with chocolate writing and a single diamond ring for my single treasure in life. The rest is documented by Apollo. 🙂 Our rings were picked with our personalities in mind, but with one belief. The rings are two-tone and a combination of white and yellow gold. Marriage is not about 2 lives becoming one, but about 2 lives moving in sync like the fusion of 2 metals. Both metals are still different, yet inseparable.
Being in California, we kept the design simple and left the city and the San Francisco Bay bring the excitement. Our wedding colors are Gold and Navy. Since the ceremony was going to be on the Bay, we wanted the colors to go appropriately with the existing color scheme, without being nautical.
Custom-made three-piece suits were a must, but we didn’t want to wear the same color and neither of us wanted to wear a light color. Therefore, we choice 2 different style suits and 2 different fabric colors. Our cufflinks reflected Isaiah and my nerdy side as Star Trek and Harry Potter fans, respectively.
Since it was and evening wedding, we chose white florals on illuminated pedestals. The sweetheart table had a deep red arrangement of tropicals to celebrate Isaiah’s favorite color and add color accent.
The ceremony space was simple with the Bay Bridge as the backdrop and an aisle of dark rose petals to lead the way. Because Isaiah’s parents were not a part of the wedding our best friends escorted us down the Aisle. My niece led the processional and as the chorus to “Footprints in the sand” by Leona Lewis began, my sister and best friend escorted me down the aisle and Isaiah and his bestie there after. We needed no recessional song as the continued applause for us down the aisle was enough.
The reception was open seating and with an open bar, it wasn’t long before the room began to erupt with laughter and joy. Isaiah and I do not care for sparkling wine very much, so we had red wine goblets made with inverted cityscapes of San Francisco etched around the glass. My glass was always kept full. We went around and thanked our friends for coming before we headed to the top deck of the yacht to begin the party after the meal. Isaiah doesn’t dance in public very well, so when we thought about the first dance, we planned to dance for about 45 seconds and invite all the married couples to join us for an anniversary dance. It was a great way to share our joy with other couples.
This event is all about you both and stressing about it only affects you. In the end, it will be a great event. Not everything will go according to plan, but no one will notice but you. So don’t sweat the small stuff. Good vendors will have a process and they will help guide you to make your day special. Remember, you are a novice at weddings, so leave the stressing to the experts around you that have the experience.