When Heddie Sinatra first met Arnold Sanchez, she mistakenly thought he was a pizza delivery man. To be fair, she had this impression because that’s what Arnold told her. They had struck up a conversation at a mutual friend’s pool party. Heddie asked whom he knew at the gathering, and he pointed to a stack of pizza boxes, claiming that his shift just ended and he had swim trunks in his truck and decided to stick around. “I was mortified that I had just spent the last 30 minutes talking with a party crasher, but had genuinely enjoyed talking with him so much about family and travels, I didn’t want to write him off,” reveals Heddie. They went on several dates until she found out he had just been joking and was actually an electrical contractor. “He had me going!!” she exclaims. A little over four years later, he proposed on Christmas Eve.

“I was lucky enough to have my friend Loriann Serna, who is the best wedding planner, walk us though every step of the planning process,” shares the bride. Early on, the couple decided they wanted to have a classic black-and-white color palette. For a modern spin on the look, they incorporated mixed metals into the design – gold, silver, and rose gold.

The outdoor ceremony featured a lifted altar with florals arranged to appear as if they were floating; it was the bride’s favorite aspect of the décor. Fitting, considering that it was in sight during her most memorable moment of the day, preparing to walk down the aisle with her mom. “In that moment, all the nerves I had prior faded away,” Heddie reflects.  “I locked eyes with my groom and that was it! This was all really happening and I couldn't be more excited for the rest of my life. That was the most magnificent walk of my life.”

Following the sit-down dinner, guests danced until midnight thanks to the energetic music played by the couple's entertainment company, Happen. A cappuccino station kept revelers alert, as did the chic four-tiered wedding cake. The bride wouldn’t have done a thing differently, and is particularly thankful for the length of her and Arnold’s engagement. “Give yourself enough time to properly plan your wedding as it can become very overwhelming,” she advises. “Also, more importantly, never lose sight of what this one day actually means.”