Italian-Mexican Beverly Hills Wedding: Rod & Alfonso
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.
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.
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.