Garden Reception Garden Reception
This intimate garden reception reflects the fun and love of couple Chris and Mike. From the couple: “How did you two meet? Chris worked... Garden Reception

This intimate garden reception reflects the fun and love of couple Chris and Mike.

From the couple: “How did you two meet?

Chris worked at the cool and hip new 242 Cafe in town on weekends as a waiter 1989, and Mike would visit periodically with good looking women (mystery man!?). After Mike would leave Chris would wonder about him, turns out Mike did the same. Last time Mike visited the cafe with 3 guys he shyly asked Chris without any one hearing “UUUUMMMM are you gay?” to which Chris said “No . . . just kidding, yes.” Two years later we ran into one another at the infamous Boom Boom Room, recognized each other immediately and went to the beach and then back to Chris’s little pad, that was it, done deal. Next morning Mike got up early to go say mass as a Catholic Priest at a prison. (mystery man revealed!) 

Who proposed? What was your proposal like?

No one really did, but after 25 years we both thought why not?! We can and should, so we are.

Why did you choose your venue(s)?

We have walked our dog by the garden of the church for 10 years now and always thought it was a cool place. It is old, rootsy Laguna, and has an ocean view. It was less about the church and more about the garden.

Are any of the details particularly special to you and why?

The Garden, live music, the history of the folks coming to celebrate. Our moms will be there, that probably wouldn’t have happened if our dads were still alive.

What are you looking forward to the most about your wedding day?

Having all that energy of the people we love in one place at one time.”

Equipment Rentals: Signature Party Rentals
Musicians: Organic String Quartet
Caterer: Catering by Mark’s
Floral Designer: Rita Pazold
Ceremony Location: St. Mary’s Laguna Beach
Photographer: Derek Chad Photography