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Italian-Mexican Beverly Hills Wedding: Rod & Alfonso

Derek Chad Photography

June 11, 2016

Rod and Alfonso met online. They had both just left unhealthy relationships and both remember wanting to take a break from dating. Something told Rod to go back on the site one last time. Alfonso came up as a match and Rod messaged him.

They discovered that they used to work in the same building in Universal City, California, and reminisced about a favorite Italian restaurant around the corner. Alfonso asked Rod out to dinner there after a few messages and Rod agreed. The date was on a Tuesday night, and they stayed for more than three hours gabbing away as if they had known each other their whole lives.

Rod was a travel enthusiast, but Alfonso had never been to Europe. They planned a weeklong adventure to Copenhagen, Paris and London. It was late November and the weather was crisp, but beautiful. The men were completely on the same page and had already discussed marriage, not as an “if” but as a “when.” Rod had a feeling, since Paris was number one on Alfonso’s bucket list that Alfonso was going to propose.

Derek Chad Photography
They landed in Paris at 7 a.m., checked into their hotel, wandered the streets, visited several famous sites and ate lunch at Les Ombres. They wandered all day, but still, Alfonso did not propose. Back at their hotel, they stayed in the room for dinner, eating cold cuts, fresh cheese, a baguette and a bottle of wine. The Eiffel Tower’s lights started twinkling so they went out on their balcony. They became mesmerized by the tower’s beauty.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Rod became impatient and in the heat of the moment turned to Alfonso saying, “I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for. We’ve been talking about marriage for months, we know we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together. I love you. You’re the one. Will you marry me?” Halfway through, Alfonso was nodding and saying “YES!”
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Rod took charge of finding the wedding venue. He scoured every wedding website, venue site,and hotel chain’s lists of properties. He made a spreadsheet with 86 venues across Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Mexico City. They decided to simply start local then branch out from there. They made appointments at a dozen venues, but fell in love with the first one they visited.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography

Neither had heard of the restaurant before, but the second they saw the space, they knew it was the one. It was the perfect combination of rustic beauty, Old World elegance and Southern California charm.

Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
The couple invested time in the personal touches for their wedding. They created signature cocktails that blended their Italian and Mexican heritages, like their Limoncello Margarita and Lavender Mojito. Their beloved puppies even served as their ring bearers, carrying rings that had to be tracked down from two different corners of the world.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photography
The day flew by for Rod and Alfonso. They recommend that other couples take each second as it comes and soak it up, because in the blink of an eye, it is over. They also note that it is never too early to start planning. A venue with an event planner, like theirs, is invaluable. They could not have imagined pulling it all off on their own.
Derek Chad Photography
Derek Chad Photographh

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Photographer: Derek Chad Photography //Reception Venue:  Il Cielo // Officiant: Daniel Noble // Florist: Flowers by Sam

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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