How did your Love Story begin?
We met at a bar! As it turned out, we were both in the same graduate design school and had mutual friends, but had never crossed paths before. In a large group walking from the bar to a mediocre pizza-by-the-slice joint, we started chatting. On that walk, we decided that our first date would be the following week at the design school’s formal soiree, and the rest is history!
Tell us all about the proposal!
Paul bought the ring and proposed that night! I am hard to trick and Paul is a terrible liar, so it was the only way to maintain the element of surprise. We had just moved to Los Angeles together, and Paul proposed in our near empty apartment right when I got home from work. Then, we immediately went out and celebrated with some delicious pizza-by-the-slice!
What was your favorite part of the engagement and planning process?
The planning process for the ceremony was very special to us because we were going to be hosting our families in our new home of Los Angeles. Our families had never met each other in person (My family being from Ohio and Paul’s being from Texas, and the two of us living in Boston for a majority of our dating period).
The planning process for the party in Cincinnati was a piece of cake between the wonderful, super organized human, Sandie Lange teaming up with Kaitlin and Lindsay at McHale’s. Paul and I weren’t able to make trips out to Cincinnati to help plan, and McHale’s made it very easy for us to trust them and not stress about any of the little things.
One thing we did end up loving to work out was the seating arrangement!
What was the most challenging experience while planning?
Not being able to take part in all of the food taste tests was challenging, but only because it sounded like the best time with great people and delicious food!
Do you have any advice for engaged couples planning their wedding?
Don’t be afraid to delegate! Ask for help.
Tell us about your experience working with us!
McHale’s was absolutely wonderful. It was an incredibly smooth process even as Paul and I were not able to be in town for a majority (or any) of the planning process. In coordination with a lot of choices made by my incredible mother (and dad, and siblings, of course!), McHale’s took care of everything. They were always available when questions arose and went out of their way to ensure a memorable and seamless evening.
Even when challenges, such as food restrictions, came up, Kaitlyn and the McHale’s team were on it! My little sister has celiac disease and a good portion of Paul’s family are vegetarian/vegan. Kaitlyn (a vegan herself) made sure that their food was not compromised in either safety or taste!!
Who were your vendors and how did you select them?
Ceremony Location: Santa Barbara Courthouse
Florist: Petals and Glass
Photographer: Ben Kramer, Sarah Kramer, and Zach Kramer
Bakery: Holtman’s Donuts
Gluten Free / Vegan Desserts: Cherbourg Bakery-OTR Location
Entertainment: DJ Brian Hellman
Lighting: Clear Lighting-Billy Reeder
Table Favors: The Jonsteen Company (TREES)