Today we are sharing a beautiful Villa Montalvo engagement session that makes you feel like you’e looking at a little area if Italy. With dreamy light pouring through the trees it created an even more magical feel as Jessica & Mark strolled through the Villa’s stunning grounds.
They Couldn’t Go to Italy so Went to Villa Montalvo. Those times when a wedding in Italy is just a dream finding your own Italy can be the perfect solution. For Jessica and Mark Villa Montalvo is a dream venue although they are planning a gorgeous wedding in Lake Tahoe this summer. After talking with Jessica and hearing how much she loves Mediterranean, we decided to find Italy ourselves and document their engagement story like no one knew they were in United States. Jessica straight away suggested Montalvo Arts Center and she was absolutely spot on! It is Italian paradise at it’s best. I guess when life doesn’t give, you create it! -Migle Metcalfe of Adorn Life Photography
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another?
We’ve been together since 2011 and actually don’t know the story of how we met each other for the first time. We had a lot of mutual friends in college and were a part of the same collegiate clubs, Asian American Student Association (AASA) and Philippino Undergrad Student Organization (PUSO). During a lot of those events, were when we started really getting to know each other. I think the moment we both felt sparks was when we first danced together at an after party for an event called Friendship Games. I like to believe that’s the moment when we both fell in love.
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning.
Mark Dave generally has a hard time making decisions. He will spend a significant amount of time weighing out all options and asking for everyone’s opinions in order to feel confident that he’s making the right one. Whether it’s day to day or wedding planning decisions, I think it has become important for me to be patient and help to narrow down some of those decision so he can spend the time on the few important ones.
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another?
Patience and communication is key. We are extremely open with each other. I think both know how to admit our faults or when we’re wrong. We both committed to growing and learning from our mistakes to be better people and better for each other.
What is your favorite thing about each other?
Jessica: Mark Dave is one of the most caring people. He is always thinking about me and making sure I’m happy. He is patient and funny and always knows how to make me feel better whenever I need it.
Mark Dave: Jessica is incredibly determined. If and when she wants something done, it will be done. For someone like me who overthinks and has a hard time deciding on things, it makes for a perfect match.
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding?
We have so many friends that are extremely talented and we’ve asked a few of them to help out with some parts of our wedding. Some of the things our friends are helping with are our wedding logo, artwork, florals, and cake. It fills our hearts knowing our friends get to be involved our in big day!
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?
Communication is one of the best things you can improve in your relationship. Your significant other can’t read your mind and it’s not fair to assume they should. No one is going to know why you are feeling the way you are unless you tell them.
What is the most honest thing you can say about love?
Love can be annoying, romantic, funny, and honest. Love can be so many things to so many people. But what’s most important is what it is for you and your partner.