Jessica & Argel
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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.
The Lodge room was magical. We knew immediately that this was our venue.
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.
We presented the venue to my grandfather and he said “the room is Chinese red and red is good luck in Chinese culture”.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s Argel’s surprise wedding proposal at Land’s End, San Francisco.
“…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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—————————————————————-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
Read the letter from the groom
______________________________________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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