Bride’s Name: Julie Ast
Spouse’s Name: Mike Zarb
Gown Style: Diane with Mary Sash
Boutique: The White Dress, Corona Del Mar, CA Groom
Groomsmen attire: Friar Tux, Temecula, CA
Wedding Date: July 11, 2014
Location: Leoness Cellars, Temecula, CA
Photographer: Snider Photo & Design, Los Angeles & Orange County
Was there a moment of your wedding that you remember most?
The most memorable part of the wedding was our first look when Mike and I were able to spend a few quiet moments together before we became husband and wife, it was very emotional and Mike and I both shed a few tears of joy.
Tell us your story! How did you and your spouse meet?
Mike and I first laid eyes on each other early in the summer of 2012 while we were lounging poolside at the old apartment complex we lived in. Although we never got to speak to each other that day we definitely took notice of each other and exchanged smiles across the pool. It wasn’t until almost three months later that we actually ran into each other while we were out with mutual friends. I was taking a picture with my girlfriends when Mike and his friend decided to “photo bomb” our picture. When I turned around to see who had jumped in our picture there was Mike standing with the biggest grin on his face. I said “You’re the guy from the pool!” Mike told me he had been trying to track me down the whole summer to meet me and when I heard this I got excited because as it turned out I hadn’t been able to get him out of my mind since that day at the pool either. We spent the rest of the evening talking to each other and Mike asked me if I would like to go for coffee the next day before he had to leave for a business trip. I said yes and the rest is history!
Give us the details on your proposal.What little things made it particularly special?
I took Julie to the historic Gaslamp district in San Diego and wanted to re-enacted some special moments from our first “official” date. We checked into a quaint yet romantic hotel that her and I loved from our first trip. One thing that was special about our first date is a very memmorable game of shuffle board at the Typsy Crow where I am proud to say I won and started to fall in love at the same time. I wanted to give her the opportuity for a re-match where she got her revenge! Following that I wanted the time when I “popped” the “BIG” question to be special and breathtaking, so I took Julie to an amazing rooftop Sky Lounge that overlooked all of downtown SD as well as the harbor. I have to say I was really nervous. We sat and enjoyed each others company as I tried to figure out the timing of things in my head … she slipped into the bathroom and I ordered champagne… when she came out I made a toast to us, got down on one knee, and asked the question…she said YES! Not to say that I was surprised, but I was, as well as so excited that I was that lucky to find such a special woman with whom also found me equally as special. We proceeded to a romantic dinner where we celebrated our first evening as soon to be husband and wife.
Brides shoes & clutch: Jimmy Choo at The Forum Shops, Las Vegas
What will you remember most of your wedding day?
Other than being so overjoyed to be marrying my best friend and my perfect match I think I will remember how beautifully our wedding vision came together. The decor and surrounding scenery were so breathtaking beautiful it felt like something out of a movie! We had an amazing team of vendors and the wedding came together better than we imagined! I received so many compliments on my gorgeous dress and it served as my inspiration for the decor. It truly was our perfect day and we felt so loved surrounded by our supportive family and friends.
Earrings & veil: Renee Pawele
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo/The Wedding Suite@Nordstrom
Wedding Cake: Cakes to Celebrate
Floral Design: Sweet Petals|Event Coordinators: Forever Yours Events and Leoness Cellars|Bride and Bridal party makeup: Molly Roberts @ Molly Makeup|Bride and Bridal party hair: Diana Sarkis @ Djs Hair Design