We had a fabulous time with Ilana and Eric on their wedding day at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Ranchos Palos Verdes.
The view of the ocean from the cliffs paired with the strong winds from the sea made for some very dramatic shots! We even
spotted a whale pod in the distance that made the day even more magical. Our favorite part of the day was taking Ilana and
Eric out for their romantics because the wind played so well with their sweet and playful chemistry.
Ilana looked so stunning in a Turkish-made wedding dress and hair and makeup by the girls at Dollhouse. The ceremony
was beautifully officiated by Rabbi Michael Sternfield. Restaurant Christine catered a knockout meal and the cake by
Torrance Bakery was both beautiful and delicious!
Eric & Ilana, we wish you the absolute best!
xoxoxo Cean and the team at Cean One Studios, Inc.
How did you two meet?
Meet Jeremy Pangilinan.
An inspirational photographer, climber and mutual friend of Eric and Ilana. Jeremy also turned out to be the matchmaker of this happily
ever after love story. One day in February 2011, Jeremy had made plans to meet Ilana and prior to these arrangements had been climbing
with Eric at our local climbing gym. Last minute, Jeremy asked for Ilana to meet him at our local java fix, The Coffee Bean,
but Jeremy was not alone.
Ilana met up with Jeremy and Eric. The trio talked about nonsensicle things and amongst these things Jeremy segwayed the conversation
into one about Eric’s upcoming plans to volunteer to save baby sea turtles in Mexico. A volunteer opportunity that just so happened to lie
within a world class surf epicenter, Todos Santos. Eric needed a last minute volunteering partner in crime with surfing experience and within
two weeks time their passports were stamped and they were saving baby sea turtles which was code word for surfing three times a day.
DISCLAIMER: No baby sea turtles were injured in this matchmaking hoopla.
Tell us about your proposal
In Ilana’s words:
0600 on September 11, 2013
After engulfing an American sized large pizza, split between the two of us, we set off for “The [Death] Slabs” approach to the base of Half Dome.
A dehydrating jaunt up the overhyped slabs left us at the base of our nemesis, the NW Face of Half Dome. We arrived just in time to refill our
water at a generous spring and cram the two of us into a one person bivy sack thanks to an unforcasted downpour accompanied by a thunder
and lightning show. The same weather system that gave me an excuse to cuddle (some may call it suffocate) Eric, left a gaggle of climbers on
the face for unplanned bivuoacs on the wall…
…Once the weather calmed we endured multiple episodes of running for cover as the climbers above dropped everything imaginable out of their
packs. As morning approached, while we hesitantly packed up camp, a loud noise indicating something flying at us from the wall above, sent us
flying to the side of the base to avoid being struck. Whatever fell from above, conveniently at first light, was likely dressed in a wingsuit because
we never heard it/he/she meet the ground. The night of endless gear/rock/human hurling left us with a surge of adrenaline and robbed us of the
desire to join the loads of climbers on the face, this time. Eric and I agreed to return at a later date to climb the Regular NW Face of Half Dome
and he set up the camera on a tripod for a self-timer shot, or at least that’s what I thought. Then he got on one knee and proposed! I said YES
and went in for a big kiss. I was so overjoyed and the rest is history.
Why did you choose Palos Verdes as your wedding location and the Point Vicente Interpretive Center as your venue?
The ocean and outdoors, in general, are a common interest that we are both passionate about. Eric grew up in Palos Verdes,
and Ilana in Laguna Niguel, both beachside locales. So it only was fitting to pick a venue that was representative of their interests
and upbringing – a la the beach. Point Vicente Interpretive Center lies on the bluffs above the ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes.
Fun Fact: The venue is utilized to conduct a census of whales passing through the Catalina channel for six months out of the year and a public
park space for the remaining part of the year.
What do you love most about each other?
Eric loves how outgoing and adventurous Ilana is…
…and Ilana loves Eric’s dedication and athleticism.
Eric and Ilana’s wedding was made possible by the following vendors: