We sat down with another beautiful Wonderland bride to get her love story. Meet Nathalie & Jose, who were married November 18th, 2017.
When and how did you meet?
We met at Florida Atlantic University through mutual friends as we were both studying business majors. Jose was Finance major and I was a Marketing major, this was back in 2009.
How long did you date before he popped the question?
We dated for 7 years before he finally popped the question on June 2016 at a beautiful vineyard in Napa Valley, California. The name of the vineyard is V.Sattui Winery.
How did he propose?
In June 2016, we traveled to California for the Copa America (Soccer Cup of the Americas). We are both Colombian and the opening game was Colombia vs. USA, really great game. As part of our trip we decided to visit a few vineyards and we were granted a special tour of the vineyard since we had purchased a case (This was the reason given to me, little did I know he had spoken to the owner and mentioned the idea to propose). While taking a photo, he said look at the scenery and I looked once I turned around he was on his knees saying all these beautiful things and all I could say was Thank you. Hahaha pretty funny for everyone that was present.
Where were you married and how did you pick the place?
We got married in Cali, Colombia where both of our families are from. We selected the place because of its rustic yet classy look. We wanted to stay away from enclosed ballrooms and give our guest the opportunity to see where we come from, the culture, etc. The church where the ceremony was held is the place where Jose did his Confirmation and where my matron of honor had her communion so it had some family ties. Church: Parroquia La Transfiguración del Señor Reception: Casa de Eventos Piedra Grande
What theme and/or colors have you chosen for your wedding and why?
Our colors were Navy Blue and Blush. Blue is Jose’s favorite color and we wanted something rustic/vintage classy.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
A few days after the wedding we went to an Island called San Andres in Colombia.
Why did you chose Wonderland Bridal for your dream dress?
Wonderland Bridal had a great selection of dresses and the experience felt intimate. I had gone to other places in the Gables and it always felt so rushed and overwhelming. Wonderland Bridal allowed me to find my perfect dress.
Share your experience about your time with Wonderland Bridal.
The team at Wonderland Bridal was exceptional! From my first meeting Patty and CeCe treated me like family. They allowed me to try on as many dresses without feeling pressured and suggested other they thought I might like. Their goal was to get me in the dress I felt most comfortable and beautiful in. The women in my family are very opinionated which I love but that did not stop the Wonderland team from focusing on what was best for me. It was a super sweet and professional experience.
What was the best part of your wedding day?
There was a moment in the wedding when Jose and I looked at all our guest and felt so loved. Not only were we surrounded my so many people who loved us but we knew they all made a tremendous effort to share this moment with us as many of them had to travel to Colombia to be with us. It was really something very special to us.
Any advice to future couples currently planning a wedding?
Create a budget and stick to it as much as possible. As you get closer to your wedding there are so many little things that come up. During the planning process think about all the things you want to have and what both of you are willing to give up.
Photos by Rocha Fotografia
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- Flowers: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
- Cake: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
- Catering: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
- Entertainment: Pintura Fresca Orchestra
- Wedding Planner: Angela Maria Silva
- Hair: Ivan Montano @ivamoangel
- Make Up: Ivan Montano @ivamoangel
- Photographer: Rocha Fotografia @Rochafotografia
- Videographer: Rocha Fotografia @Rochafotografia
- Decor: Eventos Piedra Grande @eventospiedragrandecali
- Other: Hora Loca: Edecanes