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Christine & Ryan were married  Sept  1, 2013 at Redwood Chapel in Castro Valley with a reception following at the Shrine Event Center in Livermore.  Christine’s sister – Katie – was also married that day – 1/2 hour after her with Christine being her maid of honor (Katie was Christine’s maid of honor).  2 sisters – 1 wedding – 1 reception – what a fabulous was to celebrate your wedding and your family! Read more about Christine and Ryan’s engagement  and how the 2 sisters came to get married on the same day!

Our Story  (written by Christine and told to East Bay Bridal )

I met Ryan at the church we were attending, Irvine Community Church in 2009.   Discovering a mutual love for photography they began dating 8 months after they meet.  I wasn’t ready to date when he began pursuing me. I always invited friends along to anything he invited me to.  A month after our first date, we were celebrating our 1 month anniversary w/ a Disneyland date and we both said “I love you” for the first time. I never felt like a relationship was so smooth and wonderful,  I realized that this was what it was suppose to be like.

How He Proposed

Ryan proposed on February 13, 2013, the day before Valentine’s Day.  Ryan made a reservation the 21 Oceanfront Restaurant ( in LA) which was were we had gone on our 6 month anniversary and that’s why he said he wanted to go there.  After a fabulous dinner, Ryan wanted to walk on the beach.  I found out later that he wanted to propose here on one knee –  but my shoes hurt and I was cold so he agreed to not walk on the beach.  If he had pushed it I would have suspected that he was planning something. We got back to my house and parked the car.  We were going to exchange chocolates, which he specifically wanted to wait to do until the end of the night (tipoff).  He got my chocolates and read my card, and I got his chocolates and read his card out loud.  When I got to the end, I started to freak out!  It read “PS Enjoy your chocolate and if you can guess this riddle you get an even better present! “What do I have in my pocket?  The last line is a quote from the Lord of the Rings and it references the presence of a ring in his pocket. I knew the answer was ring but I didn’t want to say that because I was afraid of being wrong (though he kept insisting that I had 3 guesses). When I won’t guess he took my hand and “girlfriend you make me very happy and I rally can’t imagine myself with anyone but you. (Taking the ring from his pock) I would love it if you would be my wife.”  He put the ring on my hand we hugged as I said “Yes”.

Journey to the Double Wedding

Katie is my younger sister by 1.5 years.  We occasionally had boyfriends at the same time and we would joke about having a double wedding.  Katie and her boyfriend, Ernie, got engaged about a month after us. Even at that point we didn’t think about a double wedding. We talked about sending out a joint wedding invitation as we discussed our weddings.  Ideas progressed and we began discussing the possibility of a double wedding.  Both fiances were on board.  Once we decided to move forward everything fell into place.  We booked the Shrine Event center for the reception and talked with our pastor about doing 2 ceremonies that day.  We had so many people help us out.  Every aspect of the wedding planning had people volunteering to help out! I think one of the craziest parts about sharing the day was that we both wanted the other to be the Maid of Honor.  Having back-to-back ceremonies, this meant we would have to change our dresses to be the bride and Maid of Hone in the same day.  When we took our wedding photos before the ceremony, I think I changed in and out of dresses about 3 times.  5 dress changes for the whole day.  It was just crazy and fun.  Everything went so smoothly though.  I don’t think anything went wrong at all for the whole day.  It was perfect. People kept telling us how great it was that Katie and I shared the day and how much love they could see that we had for each other.  I am so glad that we chose to do that and I think that the day was 100 time better because it was about all four of us and celebrating together.  I cried a lot of tears of joy that day!  It was amazing.


Dress -  I bought the first dress I tried on (and I tried on a lot of dresses) at Dori Anne Veils Bridal in Castro Valley. Debra was the one who worked with us and she was great.  She worked with Katie and me at the same time, as we tried on dresses together.  It was so ch fun to experience that together!

Reception - Shrine Event Center, Livermore CA - 

Flowers – my bridal bouquet was created by a dear fiend, Jeannie O’Brien.  Http://www.facebook.com/jeannieo?fref=ts



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