Weddings of Our Own: Lisa & Alexis

Santa Margarita, February 20, 2016

Photography by Cheetah Photography

NAMES Lisa Friesen & Alexis Mendicino.
LIVE IN Whittier.
OCCUPATIONS Both are pharmacy clerks.
HOW THEY MET As coworkers—they were hired within three months of each other.
HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED Just before Christmas, Alexis lured Lisa to a hotel room for a surprise: a room decorated with romantic candles and 25 balloons, each tagged with a unique “25 Things I Love about You” card. Alexis had placed a ring inside a box. “When she opened it, I asked, and she said ‘yes!’”
BACHELORETTE PARTIES They went to Las Vegas. Alexis: “Both of our bridal parties were all female…. More than 20 fun women together in Vegas made for a weekend to remember.”
REHEARSAL DINNER The couple rented a ranch house for the weekend. Family, friends, and bridal parties all converged for eating, drinking, games of pool and darts, and listening to music.
WEDDING-DAY WEATHER Perfect. It wasn’t too hot or too cold. Alexis: “We were worried, it being February, that it might rain, but it was beautiful.”
NUMBER OF GUESTS 75.
WEDDING COLORS Mint green and antique white.
THEME They went for a “rustic” look.
FLOWERS Alexis: “Lisa isn’t really a fan of flowers (and neither are our allergies). So we bought artificial flowers and made everything ourselves.”
DIY HIGHLIGHTS Alexis and Lisa made most of their own décor, including place-card holders, arbor, centerpieces, and chalkboard signs. Alexis: “We’ve started a little business building and refinishing furniture, so making all of the décor made our wedding day that much more special.”
THE MENU A buffet-style barbecue. Alexis: “We wanted a fun, casual wedding. People could eat as much as they wanted.” They also offered an open bar and provided a bottle of wine for each table (and apple cider for the children).
DESSERT A two-tier cake with “All You Need Is Love” written on it (Alexis is a huge Beatles fan). A variety of brownies, candies, and mini-cupcakes were also served.
MUSIC They came up with their music during a previous Christmas vacation. Alexis: “We opened up a couple of beers and just started writing down all our favorite songs.” The first dance was “Tenerife Sea,” by Ed Sheeran. Alexis’s father played an original song, which he spent months recording for his father-daughter dance.
IF THEY HAD TO DO IT OVER They would have scheduled the ceremony earlier in the day and had a longer reception. They might have splurged for a videographer as well.
FAVORITE DETAIL The location, Santa Margarita Ranch, in the San Luis Obispo wine country. Alexis: “The ranch and the barn were incredible. The place had an energy all its own, which made for a magical day.”
UNIQUE ELEMENT OF THE DAY Endless support. They had expected to encounter negative feedback from vendors as an LGBT couple, but found everyone to be supportive. Alexis: “We knew great strides had been made in the LGBT community, but it was nerve-racking thinking we might still be judged. We were fortunate not to have any issues.”
UNEXPECTED EVENT Cows! Dozens of cows made a surprise appearance, mooing and grazing near the barn during the ceremony. One cow executed the perfect photo bomb.
ADVICE FOR OTHERS Be a team and support each other. Alexis: “When the day arrives and you’re about to marry your best friend, every bit of stress you have will just disappear.”
THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Exciting, emotional, unforgettable.

Making all of the décor made our wedding day that much more special.

Vendor List

CEREMONY & RECEPTION Santa Margarita Ranch, Santa Margarita

CATERING Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

OFFICIANT  Scott and Kianey Carter (family members)

PHOTOGRAPHY Cheetah Photography

CAKE SeaBreeze Cupcakes

RINGS Modern Bride

GOWNS Brilliant Bridal and Deborah’s Bridal

MUSIC  DJ Cheetah

REHEARSAL DINNER Seven Oaks Ranch

HONEYMOON LOCATION Cambria

INVITATION DESIGN Pink Paper Trail (on Etsy)