Amanda and Ricardo met in January of 2009 while he was home for the holidays, on leave from his studies at the ASBC in Alabama.
They were playing board games at the home of a mutual friend, and enjoyed talking and flirting a little with each other. Amanda thought Ricardo was cute; he was attracted to her laid-back demeanor and her sense of humor. So a few weeks later they connected online, eventually exchanged phone numbers, and slowly got to know each other.
Long Distance Courtship
Since he was stationed in Texas, while she lived and worked in Sacramento, Amanda and Ricardo were only able to spend time together every two or three months. For more than a year theirs was a long-distance relationship, causing them to really get to know each other, and to cherish the time they could spend together.
When Ricardo was finally transferred to Sacramento their relationship grew and deepened – becoming, as Amanda describes it, “rock solid,”– and they realized they wanted to share the rest of their lives together.
So he proposed, she said “Yes!” and on Sunday, September 25, 2011, before family and dear friends, they were married at the beautiful Monte Verde Inn in Foresthill.
Quaker Wedding Certificate
During the ceremony, the guests were asked if they would support the important institution of marriage and, more specifically, the happiness and success of Amanda and Ricardo’s union, through the highs and lows of their life together. There was a resounding “We do” in response!
Amanda and Ricardo further included their guests by asking them to sign a beautiful Quaker Wedding Certificate, which Amanda purchased from a company in Ohio called Calligraphica.
The certificate was inscribed with their wedding vows, and will undoubtedly be hung prominently in their home as a reminder of the declarations they made, and of the people with whom they shared that moment of their lives.
Congratulations, Amanda and Ricardo! May you always be each other’s best friend and greatest love!