Gina and Ronson’s wedding is a true vision in white. It’s romantic, happy and filled with elegance that dazzles against the stunning backdrop of Montalvo Arts Center. A garden-chic sensibility underlies the details designed by Natalie Choi Events and absolutely shines in the soft, white and green blooms in the installations and arrangements by April Baytan. We’re especially loving the illustrated timeline by Chasing Linen that kept all the guests informed in the most adorable fashion. And, of course, the four-tiered white cake by A Spoonful of Sugar topped with fresh, white florals is a perfect final touch on the loveliest of days and lucky for us, the ever-awesome Amanda Wei Photo was on hand to capture all of it!
What made the wedding special and unique?
Everything. The wedding was special because it truly represented us. We shared the same vision from the food, dessert, colors and invitations so it was really special and amazing to see our vision come to life on our wedding day.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
The Cruz gown by BHLDN was everything I wanted: crepe, modern lace, a beautiful train and revealing back. Before I found The Cruz, I tried dresses at other bridal shops and tried on at least eight other dresses. The stylist pulled dresses I pinned on Pinterest but those styles did not look the way I imagined. At my third appointment, I went to BHLDN and the stylist asked what I was looking for and pulled out the Cruz. At a first glance, I don’t think I would have picked this off the rack because of the halter. I tried it on anyway and once the stylist clipped the halter, I instantly knew it was the one. I do believe it when people say you’ll just know when it’s the right one. You’ll feel it and you’ll know.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The ceremony. I remember we were looking at each other the entire time while my dad walked me down the aisle. We both remember holding hands at the altar, waiting until Lili pronounced us as husband and wife. Our ceremony was shorter than others, but we were like, “What is taking so long?” Once we were pronounced husband and wife, it was amazing seeing and hearing our family and friends, celebrating this big moment with us. We’re so grateful to have our family and friends all in the same space, celebrating and sharing the moment with us.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
The Story — We met during our sophomore year in high school and quickly became good friends. After high school, we dated for a little bit then realized the timing just wasn’t right. Gina moved to Los Angeles for college and Ronson stayed in San Jose. They separated and went off to do their own things.
Three years later, we ran into each other at the gym. Out of all the places, right? We went to Yardhouse to catch up and spent more and more time together. We realized that even though so much time has passed by, not much has changed between us. Talking to each other was easy. There was obviously something still there between us. We are very happy our crossed paths again and gave love a second chance.
The Proposal –We went hiking for my birthday weekend hoping to see some wildflowers. We were hiking along and I remember saying, “It’s so peaceful out here.” It was quiet and there was no one else on the trail. Ronson was trailing behind so I thought he was getting some water. He kept saying, “Honey, honey” so I thought he wanted me to turn around for a picture. I turned around and I saw Ronson, on bended knee holding a ring! He asked me to marry him and of course I said yes! I was very surprised and had no idea he was going to propose that day. He did such a great job surprising me.
Photographer: Amanda Wei Photo // Coordinator: Natalie Choi Events // Florist: April Baytan // Paper Goods: Chasing Linen // Venue: Montalvo Arts Center // Dress: BHLDN // Hair & makeup: Makeup by Quis // Cake: A Spoonful of Sugar // Catering: Catered Too // Linens: La Tavola Linen // Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage // Photobooth: Chroma Photobooth