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Emilia and Manuel | Indio Wedding | Empire Polo Club

Emilia and Manuel are married! Their beautiful Indio wedding took place at the Tack Room Tavern adjacent to the Empire Polo Club which has the most amazing rose garden! Any time we have a wedding there it’s such a delight! These two love birds, are just the sweetest! Their love, joy and laughter with one another amongst their sweet family and friends was so lovely!

Of course, if you’re like most, we all want to know how did you meet and what was is like when he proposed? Because afterall, those are amazing moments that lead to this beautiful wedding day, right? Here is what Emilia shared with us about her Groom.

From the Bride

“Manny and I first met at church. He always thought I was really cute but was too shy to say anything, it wasn’t until after graduating high school that we finally start talking. And just by chance we start talking a week before he left to basic training. Four years later by chance again we found out that we were only two hours away from each other in Texas I went to visit him and since then we’ve been together.

As His Christmas gift to me last year, he took me to Disneyland for three days, he knew how much I love Disneyland and on the first day I was showing him all my favorite rides and explained to him that my number one ride was it’s a small world because it had a lot of sentimental value to me so he said that he would take me on that ride again that night because of all the Christmas lights, by luck we got the first row in the little boat and in the final room at the end of that ride that’s when he popped the question!” Emilia

Such a sweet story! Now, the best part… it’s time to take a peek at their romantic wedding day!

Creative Vendor Team:

Photographer: Erica Mendenhall Photography | Event Planner, Coordinator, Decor & Florist: Petite Bee Events | Venue: Tack Room Tavern | Empire Polo Events | Getting Ready Location: Chateau Lake La Quinta | Makeup Artist: Lana Elguera | Hair Artist: Arlette Sifuentes

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Fall Wedding at Desert Willow Golf Resort | Eric & Citlali

Fall Wedding | Eric & Citlali

Desert Willow Golf Resort

Eric & Citlali’s destination fall wedding at Desert Willow Golf Resort was a dream! Purple mountains, lush fairways and lake views were their perfect backdrop to both their ceremony and reception. Family and friends traveled from near and far to witness the happy couple say I Do.

We began our time at the venue with a first look. Citlali gently tapped Eric on the shoulder and as he turned to see his soon to be Bride, his facial expression was simply priceless.

We adore first looks because it gives the Bride and Groom an opportunity to truly engage with each other without any distractions, and those photos are definitely some of our favorite of the wedding day.

During the reception Citlali surprised Eric with something that he had wanted for their wedding…a white jacket, which he immediately put on and continued to dance the night away.

As always, some of the most heartfelt moments were during the speeches and surprise video which played as the Bride’s Sister recalled some of the best moments of their childhood together. More sweet dances with those they loved followed by cake cutting, more dancing and lots of love and laughs.

Eric & Citlali’s wedding is definitely one of our favorite fall weddings of 2017! Such a loving couple and from the short time we had with their family and friends we can see where it all stems from. A beautiful family, fantastic friends and love that will last a lifetime.

To Eric & Citlali, we feel so blessed to have been a part of your day! May your marriage be filled with years of joy & love, because as we always say…marriage is awesome! Hugs! E&B


Creative Team:

Photographer: Erica Mendenhall Photography | Venue: Desert Willow Golf Resort | Florist & Cake Artist: Jensen’s | Hair & Makeup Artist: Karlie Luyando | Wedding Dress: Janene’s Bridal Boutique | Wedding Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

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