Nicolle & Tony’s Gondola Getaway In Long Beach

In 100 words (more or less ) tell us the story of Nicolle & Tony

We are two individuals that celebrate each other’s personalities and passions, brought together by our shared, experienced learning about strong lasting relationships. From the first time we met, we’ve held trust paramount which means we are honest about our thoughts and feelings even when it’s not easy. We have a shared love of music, good conversation and spicy food. We don’t see everything the same way, but we appreciate the differences that make us strong as partners.

Tell us about the proposal

We’d been together 7 years, and talked about marriage for about 5. It was important that we both felt the time was right, so this is one area in which we were a little more traditional. I told Tony if he wanted to get married it would be up to him to get us going. He proposed on my birthday weekend in 2018 on a weekend trip with our best friends.

What three words best describe your wedding?

Intimate, intentional, meaningful

Your wedding photos show us a very fun and funky vibe. Tell us more about how your personality influenced your wedding style

We genuinely like each other, and approached the wedding from the viewpoint of being a celebration of each of us that we invited a select few to vs. a party for everyone else. We have found our life partner in each other, and I wanted Tony to love his tux (we had it custom made and he was very particular) as much as I loved my visuals (I made our invitations and had the idea of the parasols from the beginning). I would describe it as elegant goth, and that carried through to our Halloween honeymoon in New Orleans. From start to finish it was exactly what we both wanted without compromise or apology

Why did you choose your venue?

It wasn’t traditional. It wasn’t a church or a party hall. It was an experience for those attending, something they would like to do that would show them our town. It was also romantic…and fit well into my vision of a memorable wedding.

Now, describe how you felt on your big day in more detail.

We had people in town from all over—and it just felt like a big rush to execute what had been a long, well-thought out plan. We got ready together. We arrived together. We had a ceremony that was hand crafted for us by our officiant, and it was really meaningful. I felt proud of us for not giving into the pressures of inviting more people or giving in to tradition or expectations. I felt amazing. It was like a realization that by being together we understood who we were as individuals even more.

Venue: Gondola Getaways

Photographer: David England Photography

Florals: Sweet Pea Florals

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