Real Wedding - Jacquelyn & Gary

Real Weddings

Real Wedding - Jacquelyn & Gary

Gina Scanlon

Jacquelyn and Gary were married on a beautiful New Year’s Eve day on December 31, 2016 at The Los Verdes Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

Where They Met

Jacquelyn and Gary met on OK Cupid. After a week of phone calls and texts, they couldn’t wait any longer to meet in person. On December 24, 2013, they shared their first date - a Christmas Eve lunch at Public School 310, which is now one of their go-to dinner and drinks spots. 

Proposal and Engagement

After asking Jacquelyn’s dad for his blessing, and going with her brother to purchase the ring, Gary planned an intimate proposal on December 5, 2015. As Jacquelyn came home after a long day of work, she was greeted with a trail of rose petals at the door. She heard Gary from the bedroom say, “follow the trail,” and she did. As she turned the corner, Gary was there on one knee, ready to proclaim his love for her, and asked her to spend forever with him.

After a couple days of celebrating the engagement, the wedding planning began. Jacquelyn enjoyed planning. It’s what she does for a living, so Gary let her take the reins. They decided on a New Year’s Eve wedding so they could celebrate the end of 2016, and start 2017 off with their closest friends and family. 

Why Los Verdes Golf Course?

Jacquelyn’s family has a history of hosting events at Los Verdes. Her parents hosted their wedding reception in 1982 at the club, and her brother will be married there this February. It was her mom’s dream to keep the venue in the family. Jacquelyn also worked as the Private Event Manager at the club for a little under 5 years.

Challenges Faced During Planning

Since our wedding was planned for NYE, we found that some vendors charged a premium for services based on the date. 

Highlights of the Ceremony

We incorporated our wedding party into the ceremony by toasting the night with a round of shots. We also asked our mothers to bless our wedding rings, and presented them each with a rose. As we left the ceremony, we asked our friends and family to meet us on the dance floor to start the fun-filled evening! 

 Highlights of the Reception

Jacquelyn’s Grammy catching the bouquet, and counting down to 2017 with our closest friends and family as confetti cannons went off!

Vendor Love 

  • Venue: Los Verdes Golf Course
  • Photographer: Figlewicz Photography
  • Event Rentals & Décor: Glam Event Stylist
  • White Dance Floor: TMMPro
  • Florals: Flowers by Laurel
  • Wedding Cake & Dessert: Torrance Bakery
  • Wedding Dress: Della Curva 
  • Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
  • Groom & Groomsmen Tux’s: Macy’s
  • Hair & Makeup: JPM Artistry
  • Wedding Officiant: Great Officiants 
  • DJ & Photo booth: Vox DJ’s 
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