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Terranea Wedding Spotlight: Tricia and Chris

Written by Eleni Cuevas, Catering Service Manager, Terranea Resort

It is my pleasure to introduce you to one of Terranea’s future wedding couples, Ms. Tricia Dong & Mr. Chris Kirk, who will be tying the knot on Catalina Point featuring stunning ocean views and Catalina Island as their ceremony backdrop in the Spring of 2017.  Our wedding couple, along with their friends and family, will celebrate, eat, drink and dance the night away in the Catalina Ballroom.   As their Catering Service Manager, I utilize every opportunity to get to know the couple, their vision for their very own curated wedding fairytale and remind them to have a great time through this whole journey.  Here is a snippet of our conversation when we sat down for lunch at Nelson’s earlier this year.   I hope you enjoy getting to know Tricia & Chris’ story as told from the bride’s perspective, as much as I am enjoying working with them on all of the details of their wedding. 

Our First Meeting…

“We met at the University of Southern California in college and quickly found out we both had a mutual love for hiking and the TV show FRIENDS.  It was not until a group trip to Punta Cana that we realized this was going to be special.”

First Official Date…

“An afternoon movie had progressed into frozen yogurt with a walk to the Redondo Beach Pier.”

When it was Love…

“We knew it was love when we realized that our favorite weekends in college were quiet evenings at home together. It was really a collection of little moments.” 

 The Proposal…

“We got engaged on a weekend trip to Los Angeles starting with an app that Chris had secretly created and installed on my phone named “T+C”.  My mission was to figure out our destination with this clue “Let’s start the day by doing one of our favorite things at a place with ocean views that loves USC just like you and me” and I knew we were headed to Terranea Resort.  The following clues led me to Disneyland, a past picnic spot in Long Beach, USC with the perfect finale of Chris proposing on the beach in Redondo.”

Why we chose Terranea…

“We love how much space this location has yet it still feels comfortable. Every time I come to the resort it gives me chills and just gets me that much more excited for our wedding.  Little treasures like the Terranea beach cove, the decorations over the holidays, to our brunch dates at catalina kitchen made this place a part of our story.  We also wanted to be married in a place that we could revisit over the years and I knew before Terranea even opened that this was going to be where I would celebrate with friends and family.” 

Tricia & Chris who currently live in San Jose, CA, will be marrying at Terranea Resort this April.  From all of us at Terranea, we are thrilled to be part of the journey and we wish them a magical wedding and a place where extraordinary moments become lifetime memories! 

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