Even though Iris and George met at a San Francisco nightclub, they prefer to say that they met through a (mysterious?) mutual friend. They hadn’t thought that they would meet their life mate in a nightclub. But they did and they’ve been together ever since that first meeting.
First kisses are so memorable and theirs was not only memorable—it continues to be something they can have a good laugh about. They had not even been on half a dozen dates. One evening she walked him to the door and out of her apartment. Iris knew he wanted to kiss her but she didn’t want to be the first to make the move. Instead, she hugged him and said goodbye. He turned to walk down the stairs, all the time looking back up at her. When he reached the bottom, he came right back up the stairs again.
“I’m just going to do it,” he said. He brushed her hair to the side, put his arms around her waist and kissed her. She describes it as the most perfect kiss!
George put plans into motion for his planned proposal. They were going to vacation on the beautiful island of Boracay (Shangri-La) in the Philippines. George coordinated the proposal with Iris’ best friend, some of their closest friends, and her brother They worked out the arrangement with the hotel manager.
The hotel had prepared a walkway on the beach of candles and rose petals. A waiter led them to the pathway. The sun was just setting. They arrived at the pièce de resistance, more rose petals shaped into a huge heart and a beautiful view of the ocean in the background. It could have been a scene straight out of an episode of “The Bachelor.” George got down on one knee and proposed while their song was playing in the background. Well planned and perfectly executed! Iris says she’ll remember it for the rest of her life.
Since they live in the wine country around Livermore, they decided it would be perfect to get married there. Their ceremony took place at St. Charles Borromeo church in Livermore, their own parish church. There they had a traditional Filipino Catholic wedding with the veil, cords, coins, and all of the traditional parts of the wedding of their shared culture.
They thought that their perfect wedding reception would be at Murrieta’s Well since it is so romantic and complemented their style so well. The rustic look, the dark woods, and the beautiful barrel room and its huge sliding doors made the perfect spot for their friends and family to celebrate.
Although they wanted a traditional wedding, they also wanted it to be stress free. So they let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses in the blush color range, any sort of silver shoes they wanted, and their own hairstyle. The ladies looked gorgeous in mismatched dresses in shades of blush and the men were certainly handsome in their steel grey tuxedos.
It wouldn’t have been their own special wedding without Gigi, their Goldendoodle. She walked down the aisle wearing a sign that read, “Here Comes the Bride” and a “Just Married” sign for the recessional. She perfectly behaved as she watched her momma and dada get married.
They had a butterfly release ceremony in the patio in memory of Iris’ dad and in celebration of the beginning of their new life together.
To make sure they didn’t embarrass themselves for their first dance, they took dance lessons. They dazzled their guests with their first dance that included three of their favorite songs. They wanted their bridal party to be part of the fun so they joined Iris and George toward the end of the dance.
A fabulous five-course dinner by Wente allowed their guests to enjoy all of Iris and George’s favorite dishes at Wente Vineyards. Perfect weather and the grape vines in full bloom all around them was the perfect setting for their perfect day.