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Jessica and Argel’s Saint Ignatius Church Wedding Photography

December 4, 2014

Jessica & Argel

Saint Ignatius Church Wedding Photography

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The ceremony was heartfelt not only because it was held in the same church which we graduated from but because our families were united by light, we were clothed in my veil from Spain, we paid tribute through our rings, adjoined by the Lasso, and we were able to speak to our audience through the three prayers and songs.

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The Lodge room was magical. We knew immediately that this was our venue.

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We decided on a Marie Antoinette theme to match the French décor of the Lodge Room, French china, matched with my Rosa Clara wedding gown, big hair, and “Goodbye Versailles” by Hey Marseillles wedding party song.

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We presented the venue to my grandfather and he said “the room is Chinese red and red is good luck in Chinese culture”.

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My father daughter song “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers is a representation of how much my father takes everyone under his wing; he unites people, peace keeper/maker, heart and soul of his relatives, and really is the bonding to everyone he encounters.

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The son and mother song was chosen by my mother-in-law and it was glorious to see her as a princess for a day.

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Our wedding cake was also inspired by a famous 1800’s French painter by the name of Francois Boucher, J.M.W. Turner, and an unrecognized modern artist by the name of Harry O’Connor.

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We met in “April”; we have “never met anyone to change our lives” like one another; “all moments simply led us up to this”, and now that we have found each other we will never let go.

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Here’s Argel’s surprise wedding proposal at Land’s End, San Francisco.

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“…we have “never met anyone to change our lives” like one another; “all moments simply led us up to this”, and now that we have found each other we will never let go.”

 Most couples reserve their date in our calendars 12+ months prior to their wedding day.

[click here for the full gallery from Jessica and Argel’s wedding] 

—————————————————————-C Ceremony Site : Saint Ignatius Catholic Church Day of Coordination: Mira-Events Catering by: Melons Catering and Events Officiant: Monsignor Kevin Kostelnik Hair & Makeup by: Tara Marshell Photography  by: Apollo Fotografie Videography by: Ocean Blue Videography Music & DJ by: Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Flowers by: Urban Flowers

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Saint Ignatius Church Wedding Photos by Apollo Fotografie
I used to work at a very trendy furniture store called Bombay Company. It happened to be my future mother-in-law’s favorite store to ever exist. Anyway, I had worked at Bombay before I went away to college in Vermont and when I returned to California to attend a Seventh Day Adventist college in Napa (PUC), the manager allowed me to work there every couple of Sunday’s for about four hours at my leisure. It was the best job that I have ever had. Well, one Sunday, April 3, 2005 to be exact, I was working my usual Sunday and this ruffian (my future husband) came into my store to pick up his mother’s merchandise. He had and oversized hat on, baggy clothes, and looked like a skinny man who stole Fat Albert’s clothes. He walked around touching everything in the store, leaving his finger prints for me to clean, and ruining my Armillary Sphere by curiously spinning it (after each time I had fixed it!). So I followed him around the store with my cleaner and my rag, hands ready to reposition the Armillary Sphere, and questions about his very famous “Le Bron James” shoes (I had no idea who that was- it was just my way of small talk). I found out why he was there, told him the location of our loading dock and I hurried him out of my store. Upon arrival to the loading dock, I checked on our staff to ensure his order was fulfilled and to my surprise my future husband asked me to dinner. I thought “sure, why not, it’s a free dinner”. We exchanged phone numbers, he followed up by phone to confirm our dinner time and I punched him with a joke “are you going to pick me up in your U-Hual?”. He picked me up in his 99’ navy blue Honda Accord, opened all my doors (like a well-mannered gentlemen), and we drove away both gazing at my shiny 93’ red Miata (that my father had just bought me in the driveway). During our drive to dinner, he had the radio volume at zero, asked if I was a vegetarian (which I was), called his younger brother Armbien Sabillo and asked for a dinner recommendation. We went to Cha-Da Thai restaurant which was the best vegetarian meal that I had ever had, followed by a movie “Sin City”. I fell asleep instantly during the movie. His attention to detail really took me by surprise and he was the funniest guy that I had ever been on a date with. He talked a lot about himself, almost so much that I had barely gotten a word in the entire date but he was so sincere. His humor, ease, confidence without ego, and charisma was very charming. I had never met anyone quite like him before. He was different from all the other guys. He wasn’t superficial, arrogant, pompous, or insecure. He never asked me about my type, dating history, or anything of that nonsense sort. One year later, we both transferred to the University of San Francisco together, rented our first apartment together, graduated in Saint Ignatius Catholic Church, moved to Los Angeles together for our careers, and bought a Loft. Now every anniversary, we go to the same restaurant, sit at the same table number 1, and see a guy move (for me to snooze through). My beautiful red Miata did not live up to the test of time with us, but his blue Honda Accord sure did. So now we go to our dinner and a movie tradition in his (now beat up) Honda Accord with 250,000+ miles which is still going strong! As a wedding present, we replaced my shiny red Miata with a 2003. It is the only car that I have ever owned just like the only man that I will ever be married too. October 24, 2012 was one of the best days of my life. We had just purchased my dream Loft in Downtown Los Angeles which was under budget, bigger than I had imagined, location was better than I could have wished for and it was the perfect layout! I had also just finished the renovations, hosted two house warming parties, and we were on our way to Japan for two weeks to visit our future best-man/ brother-in-law and my best-friend Sarah agreed to babysit my baby girl, Mechelle Burberry a Ruby Red, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I was on cloud nine. We had planned to make a day trip from LA to SF and back to drop Mechelle off, leaving at 6 AM and going home immediately after. Well, at 4 AM-ish Argel wakes me up and tells me to pack Mechelle’s stuff and to get ready. I dabble a bit a makeup on my face, put on my Rid Aid pajama pants and put my most comfortable sweatshirt on. Then he says “is that what you’re going to wear?” I was taken back but ignored his rudeness and responded “well, yes. I want to be comfortable for the long drive”. We go about the rest of our day and right around Grapevine, Argel is speeding like a mad man and I was thinking to myself, ‘why are you speeding, isn’t that why we left so early? But oh well, I am tired and I am going to nap’. Next thing you know, he gets pulled over and I’m like ‘perfect another ticket’. We reach Pleasanton and we are a little earlier than expected, so I tell Argel “let’s get Mechelle groomed”. So we make a quick stop and get her all freshened up. As we are crossing the Bay Bridge on a beautiful sunny day, I’m listening to “Anything Could Happen” by Ellie Goulding and we chat about the song for a little bit. Sarah texts me we can grab lunch at this little restaurant (what a lie!). So we’re driving through the Richmond District, our old neighborhood and we drive past the Cliff House restaurant and I’m thinking ‘where are we going? I don’t remember a restaurant over here?’ and then we get to this park and we’re walking through it. I’m looking around and around and around to see any indication of a restaurant. Sarah is blabbing about the historical scenery and I’m starting to get concerned about the time: ‘We still have a 6 hour drive back, she wants to have lunch and stare at this historical site, we’re going to be so tired and I don’t want to get back to LA too late.’ We reach the top of this mountain, hill, castle, looking thing and I’m thinking ‘there’s no restaurant here! Now, we’re going to be extremely late getting home but I have to be nice so that she watches Mechelle’. Sarah seems like she is asking a million and one questions about my grandma and Argel appears to be reading the historical plaque and then wonders off. I am getting a little irritated at this point because he’s wondered off, Sarah is extremely chatting and time is of the essence. Since, I have no idea where I am, I can’t really look for him so I sit down and start to wait for him to show up. There’s this Asian tourist guy in the background who seems like he is getting closer and closer to us, taking our picture and at first I was like ‘okay, you’re a tourist’ but then he starts to get creepy close and is directly taking our picture. Now, I am anxious to leave. But then I hear “JESSICA!” and not in a good way. This is usually when Argel is upset or mad at me or I did something surprisingly wrong. I’m like ‘oh no’. I look down from this castle hill and Argel is in a tuxedo with a gentleman playing the ukulele. He’s playing a song that I had heard before on the radio but I had never really liked it that much before this moment. Argel’s smile is the biggest that I had ever seen before and I begin to tear up from the music and his face. He starts running towards me and climbs up the castle mountain. I knew immediately what was going on. He walks over to me, says a few words which is now all a blur because I was so overwhelmed and surprise. As I am trying to hold onto my tears, I look to my right at Sarah and a load of photographers walking towards us. Behind them, I see a four umbrella’s spinning the words: “Will”, “You”, “Marry”, “Me?”. As the umbrella’s lowered, I see my three best-friends, soon to be sister-in-law and a few USF friends. I couldn’t’ believe what he had done. In that moment, I knew I was getting engaged to the best possible man on the face of the earth, who was meant just for me. He had not only found my maid of honor who was living in Las Vegas at the time but he reconnected us. He had gathered all of my most important ladies together for his elaborate proposal. But then I asked “Is my mother here?” everyone laughed because she wasn’t. He responded “I tried to get her here but we just couldn’t work out her schedule. Soooo, we are going to lunch and then straight to Sacramento to have an engagement dinner with our families”. What a guy who covered all of his bases! It turned out, the day before the proposal he was late to our luncheon outing with my coworkers, I had asked him that night “where were you before lunch?” he responded “I was at work” I caught him in a lie and said “No you weren’t. I could hear the outdoor air and noise in the background”. He was a deer in the headlights. Normally, I would push the issue but I really wanted him to finish our wallpaper. One week before the proposal, I was finishing up the renovations to prepare our home for our house warming parties. He was coming home very late from work but I didn’t complain, since he was helping out a lot with the renovations. I was spending so much money on our Loft the thought of getting engaged was the furthest thing from my mind. We prehoneymooned for two weeks in Japan starting the next morning following the proposal festivities.   Our wedding: For our engagement session, I wore my grandmother’s complete wedding dress and accessories. We used those photo’s for our save the dates which were hand made by our wedding party. As for the wedding, we spent a year searching for a reception venue. It was a hard decision between our beloved Saint Ignatius Catholic Church where we had both graduated and Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel, CA where my grandparents were married. The trouble was that neither seemed to have a reception hall that was big enough for 300 people. One rainy day, we had given up on venue hunting and I was double checking all the venues we had seen, when I came across the Regency Center. I checked their website and sure enough they had three rooms that could accommodate more than 300 people. I was feeling really skeptical and my husband happened to be in SF visiting, so I contacted Heather for a last minute appointment the same evening. Heather was so refreshing and delightful; she was the same age as me and from our hometown, Sacramento.   We were already off to a wonderful start. We saw the Regency room first, followed by the Sutter room and then the Lodge room. The Lodge room was magical. We knew immediately that this was our venue. We had finally seen a venue that was better than the Asian Art Museum and could accommodate more people. The Lodge offered us everything that we had loved about the Asian Art Museum and more. It was a perfect reflection of me, as the bride, very rich in vintage modern and fully functional. Each room is a timepiece, built by the Scottish Rite Masonry’s in 1911 and reflects Grand Commander James D. Richardson’s Supreme Councils 1909 decision to erect new Temple’s nationwide. The Lodge design has a traditional resemblance to Ecossais in Bordeaux where the Scottish Rite was born. The stage backdrops are all in original and working condition. The backdrops reflect the same images that can be seen worldwide in other Scottish Rite Temples with Greek and Egyptian influences explaining the Degrees which teach ethics, philosophies, ancient religions and teachings. The venue took our breath away every visit and it is absolutely stunning. We presented the venue to my grandfather and he said “the room is Chinese red and red is good luck in Chinese culture”. For the first time, everyone had agreed on a venue. After that, our wedding plans were easy breezy. We decided on a Marie Antoinette theme to match the French décor of the Lodge Room, French china, matched with my Rosa Clara wedding gown, big hair, and “Goodbye Versailles” by Hey Marseillles wedding party song. Our wedding cake was also inspired by a famous 1800’s French painter by the name of Francois Boucher, J.M.W. Turner, and an unrecognized modern artist by the name of Harry O’Connor. Neither of us was incredibly excited about anything except the wedding cake. However, we respectfully would like our wedding cake’s imagery meaning to be withheld. I purchased one of kind handmade shoes to decorate our wedding cake table and to inspire Gabby. She was magnificent. We interviewed at least 12 cake artists in the bay area and none of which had remotely near her talent. Even in our discussions with her, we knew we were talking to someone with talents beyond this era. She really created something very special and dear to our hearts. Our bride and groom sweetheart table was set in my grandparents wedding china, crystal, and silver. These heirlooms were gifts from some of my family members / wedding guests who are in their 90’s and still alive today to enjoy them for a second wedding. The dessert table was also set in some of my grandmother’s wedding crystal. Although a misstep from the planner, our tea ceremony dowry and jewelry were gifts from my grandparent’s wedding (more information to be found in the wedding program). My wedding garter was my grandmothers and has now been passed onto my cousin (whose soon to be fiancé aggressively caught).   My father daughter song “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers is a representation of how much my father takes everyone under his wing; he unites people, peace keeper/maker, heart and soul of his relatives, and really is the bonding to everyone he encounters. The son and mother song was chosen by my mother-in-law and it was glorious to see her as a princess for a day. It took four and a half years to identify the maker of our wedding song which was a rendition of “Wild Birds” by the Moths. The Moths was an indie punk rock band from the 90’s who never made it big. We are big appreciators of the arts and this song was complete justice of our relationship. We met in “April”; we have “never met anyone to change our lives” like one another; “all moments simply led us up to this”, and now that we have found each other we will never let go. Our ceremony was our most meaningful contribution to our guests. It was full of the cultural richness from the Groom’s side (see wedding program). The ceremony was heartfelt not only because it was held in the same church which we graduated from but because our families were united by light, we were clothed in my veil from Spain, we paid tribute through our rings, adjoined by the Lasso, and we were able to speak to our audience through the three prayers and songs. During our engagement, we had lost my grandmother, Aunt Nettie, Aunt Julia, both of my husband’s grandparents, and two life changing dear friends which we honored during the Mass’s Prayer of the Faithful and flowers to Mary.

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Read the letter from the groom

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  The Day I Met My Wife: One random weekend, I drove to Downtown Sacramento Mall in a U-Haul truck to pick up a piece of furniture that my mom had bought at the Bombay Company. As I approach the front door, I see a beautiful girl standing. When I walked in I was captivated by her beauty. I thought she looks like Alessandra Barbosa. She was 19 years old at the time and she worked on the weekends. I was 21 years old, single, and was looking for my soul mate. So when she made a comment about my Lebron James basketball shoes, I didn’t expect for her to notice me. After I loaded the truck, I thought that I was going to regret it if I didn’t ask her out to dinner or get her phone number. I was really nervous because I have never asked a complete stranger out on a date. But nevertheless, I manned up, snuck in to the back office and asked her out. As I hold my breath and brace myself for an expected rejection, she miraculous said yes! I drove off in my U-Haul with the biggest smile on my face. Right when I got home, she called and asked me if I was going to pick her up in my U-Haul. We both laughed and I thought she had a good sense of humor. Thanks to my little brother’s recommendation, we went to a Thai restaurant that caters to both vegetarians and meat eaters. I picked her up in her drive way and I noticed her red Mazda Miata roadster. During dinner, I was really interested in her story and I really enjoyed her company so I asked her to go to the movies with me. She said yes and at the movies, right at the beginning, she fell asleep. We went on a few more unconventional dates and I eventually won over her love. The Day I Proposed to My Wife: For a year I had been searching for the right diamond. One day, my jeweler found the right stone. The next step was to propose. Initially, I was just going to propose at a restaurant. I figured the ring I am getting custom made is so unique and one-of-a-kind that she would not even mind if I didn’t put forth any effort on the proposal. But when I searched the web for ideas, which restaurants, I stumbled upon a whole different world of surprised proposals uploaded on YouTube. Then that’s when my creative mind went to work. Being a hopeless romantic, I watched countless surprise proposal videos, some very creative, others very emotional and meaningful. I knew I had to surprise her and I had to do it quick. Then an opportunity presented itself. Jess tells me that her best friend Sarah in San Francisco will watch over our dog Mechelle and then so we had to drive up the day before our 2 week vacation to Japan to visit my older brother. Right away I knew I had to get all her best friends involved. I searched the web for a romantic place to propose in San Francisco. I searched for images of San Francisco and there it was: a castle-like structure at a park overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As soon as I saw this image, I thought, I’m going to serenade her from the bottom of this structure while she is looking down from up above. From that moment, I hustled to call her best friends Sarah and she was on board. Next I called her other two best friends, Johanna and Linda (all three were part of the bridal party), and they were on board. Then I searched the web for a photographer and videographer, and got them on board. Then I searched for a musician who can sing and play the guitar (coz I can’t do both). I found Andy Kong on YouTube and was impressed with his cover of Secrets by One Republic. Called him multiple times and eventually got him on board. I did this all remotely in the office in Los Angeles. Next, I called her mom and her schedule did not permit to travel to SF that day. So I scheduled for both our families to meet at Chada (the Thai restaurant where we went on our first date) after the proposal then they were all on board. Then I carefully planned everybody’s role and how the proposal was going to play out. Jess and I will meet Sarah at Sutro Heights Park. We’ll walk around while the rest of the proposal party hide. When we reached the top of the structure, I will sneak out, change into my tuxedo, stand at the bottom of the structure with the musician singing next to me while he plays the ukulele. Jessica sees me, and I climb up the structure without using the stairs (as a metaphor of my willingness and dedication to work hard on our marriage). I get down on one knee with one knee and ask her to marry me. Then the week before I propose, I secretly flew to Sacramento on a work day to meet Jess’ parents and ask for their blessings. When I get to San Francisco, Alden (one of my groomsman) picked me up at the airport and took me to Sutro Heights Park to see the place for the first time. Then he took me half way to Sacramento and San Fou (my other groomsman) drove me to Sacramento. I was so nervous sitting down with both Jess’ parents and ask for their blessings. They eventually gave me their blessings, took me to the airport and I flew back to LA, all in one day. After I proposed, Jess and I drove to Sacramento and both our families were waiting for us and they were so happy for us. We took lots of pictures and then the next day we flew to Japan and spent the next two weeks feeling like we were on Cloud 9 and pre-honeymooning.
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