Kristina + Pedro
Make-up Artist and Hair Stylist: Milene Melendez
Ceremony Location: Robbins Lodge Park
Day-Of Coordinator: Shantal Zamora
Dress Designer: Justin Alexander, Sincerity
Dress Salon: Ann Marie's Boutique
Catering: iHeart Paella
Beverages: M.I.A. Beer Co.
Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.
Pedro and I met through the dating app, Plenty of Fish. He initiated communication, after he noticed how similar our first date ideas were... I think he saw mine, and stole it ;) In all seriousness though, we hit it off from the get-go. After about a day of chatting, we started talking over the phone, and talked for hours over the next several days. For our first date, Pedro took me to World of Beer. To this day, I still have that visual of when he first pulled up in his white BMW wearing a purple polo (he's a die-hard Lakers fan), and I remember thinking how handsome he looked! After World of Beer, we went to Tom's NFL, and he introduced me PB&J Vodka... that was the first, and the last shot I've taken! LoL Our first date was actually capped off by Pedro unintentionally meeting my two kids... I knew that when he showed up for our second date after that having happened (and didn't run the opposite direction), he was serious about dating me!
When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?
A pastor once told me an experience she'd had with asking God for a sign of confirmation. After Pedro and I had been dating for a little while, during a brief moment of doubt, I thought back on that conversation and her words of wisdom, and I spoke with God, I asked him for a sign... a sign of confirmation that Pedro was the man God had predestined to be mine - the man that He had predestined to be my husband- the man I'm meant to grow old with. That sign I asked for was yellow roses. After several months, and after a couple times of having been given roses of various colors except for yellow, I received my sign, my confirmation from God... On Jan. 23, 2014- albeit that was coincidentally the day we were going to see the Lakers play the Heat, I nonetheless accepted that as my confirmation from God. It was then that I had no doubt that Pedro was the one for me!
Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)
I had been hoping for a proposal for quite a while, and was growing impatient! LoL Unbeknownst to me, Pedro had apparently been planning the proposal for some time. I had no clue how he would propose or when it was going to happen! On our four year anniversary, Pedro told me we were going out to dinner, but did not tell me where. I knew that my gift involved our scrapbook, because he told me that he was going to take it and wouldn't tell me any more beyond that. I also knew that Pedro's sister was going to take care of the kids while we went out to eat. First hint I got about where we were going was when we pulled into Matheson Hammock Park. I soon learned that we were going to Red Fish Grill. When we were taken to an outside table with the best view there, I had an inkling of what was going to happen.
But, as the night went on, my hopes for the proposal started dwindling, because of things Pedro was saying to throw me off. Little did I know that he was purposely delaying things because he was waiting on the scrapbook we was planning on giving me before proposing. Apparently, after we dropped off the kids with his sister, his sister filled the kids in on Pedro's plan to propose and took a picture of the kids holding signs that said "Marry Me"... that pic was going to be the final page in the scrapbook! Pedro's sister brought the completed scrapbook to the restaurant, and shortly after that Pedro gave me the scrapbook. As I was flipping through the pages, he started playing our song "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts, and as I got to the last page, Pedro got down on one knee! My heart melted! Here's a link to a video I created of our scrapbook proposal :)
Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.
Kristina: It's hard for me to decide on one thing I love most about Pedro... He is truly an all-around amazing man! If I had to decide on just one thing though, I would definitely have to say how he has stepped up to be the day-to-day constant father-figure that my kids needed (and deserved to have)! Pedro came into our lives when Danny was 10 and Selenia was 5; but you wouldn't know that from just seeing us! The kids truly look up to him, and he has never failed to show up for them! Pedro: I love how Kristina is a person that puts those she loves first... She is unselfish, caring, and loving!
If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does.
Pedro has a sense of humor unlike anything I've ever experienced before... there are so many silly stories to tell about him! He brings laughter to our house any chance he can get. The first thing that comes to my mind (and my son actually incorporated this story into his speech at the wedding) was when Pedro put on his Spiderman undies, grabbed a maraca and reenacted the Puppy Monkey Baby commercial!
Besides getting married - what was the one thing you were looking forward to on your wedding day?
Kristina: I was looking forward to giving Pedro the gift I'd gotten for him. I had a pocket watch custom made with a picture of his late-parents and engraved with "All my love, for all time." I knew that I wanted to somehow incorporate his parents into my gift to him because I wanted him to have their presence in our day known. Pedro: I was excited to see Kristina in her wedding dress. I knew how much that meant to her, so it was something I was definitely looking forward to.