Sarah and her wedding planner, Keli:
Sarah knew that Gilbert was the man she was destined to marry. She shared that his constant positivity fuels her each day, and she loves how his personality complements her in every way. She said she’d never knew someone could love her, with all her weird quirks and her crazy personality. Gilbert’s steadfast love keeps her grounded, and his support makes her feel like she can accomplish anything she wants in this world!
Gilbert loves Sarah’s strong faith, expressiveness, kindness, and her gift for seeing the best in people and helping them reach their true potential. He loves that she is always up for an adventure and loves a lot of the same nerdy things that he does. Sarah loves how they share a common love for all things nerdy – which is almost a given since they both studied engineering at Cal! From Star Wars and Action Sci-fi, to Disney and Romantic Comedies, Gilbert and Sarah quickly realized they had more in common than at first glance.
Sarah had a sweet first look with her father:
As a married couple, they’re looking forward to living together, growing together as a couple, learning from each other, and exploring the world. Here they are during their blind first look, they took a moment to touch hands and pray together before their wedding vows.
Their first date was in Berkeley, May 2009 where they had brunch at Rick & Ann’s, ventured to Bay Street in Emeryville, watched Up, and then had pizza at Pizza My Heart and sweets at Teacake Bake Shop. Gilbert didn’t realize that Up would make them both cry 5 minutes into the movie. Aside from going to Disneyland, they love watching movies or tv shows while cuddled up on the couch, watching sports (Warriors, 49ers, Giants), exploring new cities, trying new cuisines, cooking, going to the gym, learning new skills, and crafting/being creative together.
Gilbert proposed at UC Berkeley at the site where he first gave Sarah flowers right before we started dating. It was the spot where he first thought “Hmm, I could see myself with this girl.” and with the same reasoning, it felt like the perfect place to start the next chapter in our lives.
When planning their wedding, they wanted it to be fun, whimsical, and full of Disney magic! A gesture of immense gratitude to the family and friends that have helped us through our journey in life. During the wedding planning process, Gilbert learned that Sarah is immensely organized and prepared for everything. She’s became an expert-level crafter over their wedding planning year. Sarah learned that Gilbert is notorious for procrastinating. He has a knack for digital design and is passionate about getting things done with a keen eye for detail.
Their perfect day together would be waking up and going for a quick run around the neighborhood, grabbing a light breakfast and coffee at a cafe, heading into the city to explore new areas and get lost, take photos, catch a movie or a performance, have a nice dinner, go dancing, go home and turn in for the night.
Sarah and Gilbert’s first dance was designed to look as though they were dancing on a cloud.
And they wanted to bring the outside in, by having hedge walls surround them in their reception room.
A few special guests:
After their wedding reception, they served their guests churros and corn dogs with a Mickey twist, and we ventured out to Paradise Pier to watch The World of Color.
After the World of Color, we traveled over to Midway Mania, where the guests were able to ride the attraction.
We had a few quick photo moments, before they made their grand exit in the Firetruck.
I have to admit, it was bittersweet when their wedding ended. We had such a great time planning the photography for their special day. The cool thing though, was that their wedding quickly went viral with features everywhere from Disney Weddings, ABC, Brides, The Daily Mail, Travel and Leisure Magazine, and The Nerdist. We knew that all of our planning had paid off, and it was wonderful to be able to relive the excitement of their wedding day again and again.
Thank you so much for having us, Sarah and Gilbert. I’ll never forget your beautiful day, and look forward to our next adventure together! <3
Venue: Disney Weddings
Planner: Keli of Disney Weddings
Photography: Jenna of White Rabbit Photo Boutique
Cake/Food and Beverage: Disney Pastry and Disney Food and Beverage
Hair and Makeup: Design Visage
DJ: Sound Wave Pros
Video: Forestry Films
Dress: Ysa Makino
Getting Ready Room Girls: Fairytale Suite of the Disneyland Hotel
Getting Ready Room Boys: Frontier Suite of the Disneyland Hotel
Ceremony: Rose Court Garden
Reception: Trillium Room of the Grand Californian Hotel