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An Engineer Designed One Epic Proposal with 360 Lightbulbs

When Whitney’s engineer boyfriend Zach planned a “Will you marry me?” moment, he knew an ordinary proposal wouldn’t do. Instead, he worked to design a sign of 10-foot steel letters lit up with 360 lightbulbs. The install took 36 hours of work, but for Zach every second was worth the “yes” from Whitney. Jose Villa captured the result that’s officially brought us all to tears.

From the Bride-to-be, Whitney… Zach is an engineer and a creative mastermind. He told me that he knew he wanted to do something with lights to propose. His first idea was the hang 10ft letters off the side of the cliff, inside this cove on the coast. However, after many prototypes, the engineering wasn’t working, so he went on to version two: The Sign.

“Zach walked 60,000 steps in those

36 hours putting the sign together,

and installed all 360 lightbulbs by hand.”

He designed the entire sign (the exact size and font of the steels letters, the structure that held the letters, and all of the electrical engineering) on his own. At first he hoped to weld the letters himself, but as time was running out, he outsourced the welding to a local shop a few miles south. After the letters were complete, he took 36 hours to completely build and install the wires and electrical circuiting to actually get this sign to light up.Zach walked 60,000 steps in those 36 hours putting the sign together, and installed all 360 lightbulbs by hand.

The proposal happened on a Wednesday, so from the beginning, he totally threw me off. He told me he needed to go down to his parents’ house on Tuesday to meet with them about a few things, and that I should come down on Wednesday night for dinner. As I was driving down after work, he asked if I could stop and grab dinner (little did I know he was delaying me!), then as I got closer, he told me that he would meet me at the top of the driveway.

I got in the car and as we were driving down the road, he convinced me to go down to the beach even at 7:30pm. We casually walked about 500 steps, and then just as we turned the bend, BOOM, the sign! I froze. I literally didn’t think it was for me! Then, he got down on one knee and asked the big question.

Bonus: More Unique Proposal Ideas!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography

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Elegant Seaside Wedding with a Pop of Orange

The wedding industry is a tight-knit circle, and when one of our ties the knot it’s one seriously happy day. In the words of the Bride, Hayley of Laurie Arons Special Events, “The day truly felt like a dream – being able to marry the love of my life while being surrounded by co-workers and vendors that have turned into my family.” That vendor family includes a whole crew of A-list talent, and Joel Serrato captured the images we might never get over. Even more inside The Vault!

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From The Bride…It was so fun to be on the other side of the wedding planning process. Laurie Arons and some of our favorite vendors took great care of me, as I was for once the Bride! The day truly felt like a dream  – being able to marry the love of my life while being surrounded by coworkers and vendors that have turned into my family. We wanted our day to be focused on fun, love and happiness. Laurie, Katie, Amy and our team helped create that with little surprises throughout.

Our ceremony on the beach in Half Moon Bay was very family-oriented. Our grandmas were our “flower girls”, our sisters were the ring bearers along with our beloved dog Ted, and Dave’s uncle became ordained to marry us.

We had our reception in Dave’s parents backyard, because it felt intimate and special for our family and closest friends (60 guests). I was wowed when I walked into the backyard to see the beauty that was created just for us – it brought tears to my eyes! Kathleen Deery Design created the perfect seaside setting that included Dave’s favorite color – orange. I loved the nod that Kathleen gave to Dave’s science background, with beautiful florals in test tubes on our bar. Laurie also surprised me with fun place cards that were bright pops of color hidden under the Casa de Perrin pewter chargers.

The cocktail hour was a blast. We 3 specialty cocktails and custom napkins that said “Every great love story begins with a cocktail” (at least ours did). I loved the capiz wind-chime escort display with Samantha Singson-Martin’s calligraphy and the fun lucite cocktail menus by Amber Moon Design.

People are still talking about our wedding meal. We worked with Paula LeDuc Fine Catering to incorporate some of our favorite foods – buttermilk fried chicken, roasted butternut squash, macaroni & cheese and a Spanish salad (we got engaged in Spain). The cake by Perfect Endings was as delicious as it was beautiful.

One of our favorite memories from the day was our sunset shoot – we smiled, kissed and took in being married – while our friend, the super talented photographer Joel Serrato, continually made us laugh. We are already talking about an anniversary party because it was the best celebration we have ever been to!

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Photography: Joel Serrato Films + Photographs | Event Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Floral Design: Kathleen Deery Design | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Perfect Endings | Stationery: Pitbulls And Posies | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Hair + Makeup: Kenney Duy Of Fellini Salon | Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs Calligraphy | Lighting: Illusions Lighting | DJ: Dj Beneaf | Groom's Attire: Armani | Venue: At Home | Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Synchronicity Strings | Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Hair Accessories: BHLDN | Lanterns: Theoni Collection | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Tabletop Rentals: Casa de Perrin

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Romantic California Coast Wedding Inspiration

Be still my beating wedding-obsessed heart… this wedding is just too much pretty for one girl to handle! From the delicate veil with lace detailing to a truly unique bouquet Love Life & Bloom, there isn’t a moment in the California coast inspired wedding shoot that doesn’t make me swoon with happiness. See every moment from This Love of Yours Photography here!

From This Love of Yours Photography For the first look, we wanted a classic, yet modern bride that has a vision of soft romance. The imperfect updo, and natural makeup are the key to keep the look fresh when paired with the lace sleeve blush gown.

The second look was bold and glamorous — A pop of berry lips, soft smokey eyes, and loose wavy hair come together with the tulle, lace, and long sweeping train on this Pronovias dress. Sparkles and pearls here and there to enhance this timeless glam bride.

Photography: This Love of Yours Photography | Floral Design: Love Life & Bloom | Wedding Dress: Bolee Bridal Couture | Hair And Makeup: Miche Makeup & Hair Boutique | Floral Boutique: United Wholesale Flowers | Hair Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Model: Star Model Management | Rentals: Chair Divas

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