A proposal relies heavily on the element of surprise. Sure, you can know it’s on the horizon — I’d be worried if you didn’t — but the moment, the method, that tends to be hush hush. Now, Vern planned to keep everything low key, per tradition, but a little accidental video sharing and a complete inability to hide things from his beloved changed all of that!
A word from photographer Shannan Roczey of Shannan Leigh Photography:
“Cheryl and Vern share a classic, timeless love that shines through in their engagement photos! Vern fell in love with Cheryl for her incredible ambition and her independence. Cheryl loved Vern’s kind heart and how well he paid attention to the little things, like when he planned his proposal around an incredible 3 course meal while watching a spectacular show at Cheryl’s favorite place…Disneyland. He knew exactly how to win her over, and he did! When Cheryl reached out to me to capture her wedding celebration + her engagement photos I knew it was going to be something beautiful. Greystone Mansion is a timeless, elegant location…perfect for Cheryl and Vern’s love. She wore a gorgeous white beaded gown, with a statement hair piece & Badgley Mischka shoes to tie it all together! It was a beautiful sunny day and I feel so lucky to have captured their love in these photos.”
Love notes from the couple, Cheryl & Vern:
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
Cheryl: “We first met on April 9th, 2015. It was through my older sister Christina. I was planning on staying over her house for the weekend for some sister bonding time. She told me she had a business meeting at her house so I was in the area until they finished. Once they finished she told me it was good to come in. That was when I first met Vern. I briefly said hello to him and proceeded to bring my things into her home…”
Vern: “I was sitting there at her sister Christina’s house waiting for my appointment, and out walked a beautiful lady. I then asked Christina who she was, and she said she was her sister. She then proceeded to tell me that she was making rice and dumplings. I instantly said, a woman who can cook in this day and age? I am intrigued.”
Cheryl: “I promised my sister I would make her lunch when I would arrive. It was only frozen dumplings that I would fry on the stove, little did I know that when he heard my sister tell him I was cooking and making dumplings, he thought I was hand making them from scratch. We still laugh about that moment till this day. Of course my cooking skills have improved since then.”
Tell us a funny story relating to your relationship!
Cheryl: “I think this story is funny but Vern feels differently. I found out he was going to propose by seeing a video of the ring he purchased. He was showing me picture he sent to his friend and I casually just swiped to the next and saw the video. It looked like the same ring we were looking at! I asked him about it and he turned away from me and continued what he was doing (building a lego set) and burst into laughter. He’s pretty bad at hiding stuff from me, we always laugh about that story till this day.”
Vern: “Haha. I suck at hiding things. Cheryl brings the honesty out of me. So I sent my buddy, Thang, a video of the ring because he wanted to see it. So as Cheryl was going through my phone, she saw the video and asked me what this video was about? And I froze. At that point… I knew I was screwed.”
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
Cheryl: “The biggest hurdle for me was in the beginning stages of planning. We were originally planning a full wedding with a ceremony and reception and estimating over 300 guests. It became so stressful with so many people’s opinions that it even caused friction between my family and I decided to call it off. We already put a first deposit down on the venue and didn’t want it to go to waste so many months later, so we decided to turn it into an intimate wedding celebration dinner with our close family and friends.”
Vern: “The biggest hurdle for me was to find the balance work and developing our relationship as a couple. At the time we started dating, I was juggling a large organization of people, and traveling back and forth between California and Arizona. So, for me it was remembering to still have those date nights, that quality time with Cheryl. It’s still a work in progress, but is definitely better than when we were first dating.”
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Cheryl: “I’ve learned to become more outspoken and shine out of my shell. I was a very shy person and I still have those tendencies to this day but being with Vern he really balanced me to become more outgoing, which was something I always wanted to work on and become.”
Vern: “I’ve learned to be more patient and honest from Cheryl.”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Cheryl: “His charisma. He can speak to anyone and become instantly best friends with anyone!”
Vern: “Her pure heart. She keeps me honest. I can’t keep anything from her.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Cheryl: “Love is giving that person the last piece of food even though it was deliciously good. It’s wanting the best for them. Love is helping them become the best versions of themselves each and every day.”
Vern: “Love is trust. Without trust there is no real true love.”
photographer: Shannan Leigh Photography / venue: Greystone Mansion Beverly Hills / dress boutique: Lulu’s / makeup artist and hair stylist: Monica and Monique Santos / men’s formalwear: Dolce and Gabbana / groom’s shoes and belt : Gucci / bride’s earrings: Chanel / bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka