Kayla & Kiko

Kayla finds Kiko not only tall, dark, and handsome but also incredibly intelligent. For a quiet guy, he outdid himself when they closed the restaurant on their first date after seven hours of getting to know each other. She says he’s full of heart, compassionate, patient, and kind. Kayla says he’s also a goof ball but I am not sure about that part. Or perhaps I left too early to witness it.

Kiko is just as wild about Kayla. He says, “Kayla is nothing short of amazing … the years we’ve spent together have been the best of my life and it’s all because of her … she’s got beauty, smarts, kindness, humility, and compassion”—to name a few of her wonderful traits. He feels, “… blessed that she’ll be by my side from this day forward.”

I never met Kayla before the wedding. Our entire communication was via emails but it didn’t take me more than 5 minutes to realize that Kiko is right: she is very special. I can spot this pretty quick. How? – Do you ask? By the way, people look at her. That’s how. Oh (almost forgot) and later on I got an email from Ritz Carlton. They want her wedding to be submitted to magazines. And if Ritz wants photos featured, the bride MUST be special. Also, if you want to see more photos of their wedding, check out Borrowed and Blue. They have a larger collection.

On the night they got engaged, the earth rocked. Literally. Returning to their bungalow at Los Carneros after a day touring wineries in Napa Valley, Kiko proposed to Kayla in his typical, quiet manner. No one would have known that he had had the engagement ring in his pocket all day. He’d arranged for a car to pick them up and take them to dinner. When they returned, there was a path of rose petals in their bungalow, the fire was lit, and the champagne was poured. A proposal day couldn’t have gone more smoothly. That is until a 6.0 earthquake rocked them awake at 3 a.m. and they were pretty much at the epicenter. It’s tempting to add a cliche phrase here, but I won’t.


The ceremony, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral. Reception, Ritz Carlton. Flowers, Michael Daigan. DJ Scott Campbell (DJCAMS). Videography, Kindlewood Films. Transportation, Classic Cable Cars.