This blog is very near and dear to my heart. This past winter my best friend, coworker and roommate, Gina, got engaged at the winery we both call home – Ponte Winery. It was a cold California winter night, just falling to 56 degrees, when her life changed forever. I will always remember this engagement, because I was lucky enough to witness it all: the before, during and after.
Hours before her fiancé, Beau, proposed to her, I was picking out Gina’s outfit for a “holiday dinner” with Beau’s parents. They just happened to fly in from Iowa for a Christmas celebration. As I tried my very best to not be awkward or spill anything, I watched Gina prepare for a dinner that would change the rest of her life. Gina, Beau and his parents sat down for a lovely dinner at Bouquet Restaurant and everyone did a great job at keeping themselves composed. After dinner, Beau asked Gina to take a walk and after three times of telling him it was too cold, she finally took a stroll towards the wedding ceremony site right behind the restaurant. Once they made it to the arbor, Beau took Gina’s hand and told her he had something very important to tell her. He described how much he loved her and why he wants to spend the rest of his life with her, then he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! She said yes!! They spent a few minutes alone together and then he walked her over to the Ponte Barrel Room where his parents were waiting. Little did she know, but 30 of her closest friends were standing in anticipation to congratulate the couple in the Barrel Room. As she opened the door, I thought she might fall over in shock, but Beau held her in his arms and they walked hand in hand towards all their friends and family.
The night was perfect and everyone celebrated a joyous night together. Love was in the air! Congratulations Beau and Gina, you are such an amazing couple and a blessing to all of your friends and family!
Just minutes before the proposal!
The proposal at the ceremony cite!
He put a beautiful ring on it, the ring of her dreams!
Wedding season is here at Ponte! If you know someone who is getting married, or someone who is looking for a great place to pop the question, be sure to mention Ponte…helping gals say “yes” since 2003!