Sarah & Derek

July 13, 2019Lake Arrowhead, CA

Our Story
A house party, a status update, a Lana Del Rey concert, & the rest is history...

I first met Derek at a 4th of July party that Derek and his roommate, Jason Buckley hosted. My friend, Cassie, dragged me to the party (against my will), telling me that I had to come because I'd get to meet some "cool Ohio guys." I had only lived in Los Angeles for 6 months at the time, so I wasn't going to turn down meeting some people I may have something in common with, but I wasn't exactly in the party mood. Derek tried to talk to me at the party, but I was under the impression he had a girlfriend, so I was being pretty standoff-ish... Needless to say, his first impression of me was less than stellar.

A few months later, Derek and Buckley hosted another party -- this time for Halloween. I attended this party because my friends Steve and Cassie invited me, and we went in a big group. It was an awesome time. I spoke to Derek a bit while at the party, but again, I didn't think he got the best impression. Whoopsie. I did think he was cute though...

In early November, I got a friend request on Facebook from Derek. I didn't think much of it, and accepted him because I had met him a couple times at this point, and I knew Cassie and Steve were friends with him. A month or so later, Derek posted a status update that read something like, "Does anyone know who Lana Del Rey is? I have two tickets to see her tomorrow night, and no one seems to know her music." I had been listening to Lana Del Rey's EP on repeat. I was obsessed. So, obviously I commented. Derek sent me a private message and we agreed to go to the concert together. I drove up from Long Beach that night, December 8, and we saw Lana make her Los Angeles debut at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. It was a great night, and I remember driving home with butterflies in my stomach. He texted me before I even got home, and 8 months of dating exclusively later... he finally called me his girlfriend. ;)

Five years, two apartments, countless adventures, and three fur babies later, we decided to buy our first home together... in the mountains. We plotted our escape from LA for over a year, and officially moved into our new home in October 2016. Four months later, during a stunning waterfall hike to Trail Canyon Falls, Derek got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I had absolutely no idea it was coming. He even picked out the most perfect raw cut diamond ring, with tree branches as the band. I happily accepted his proposal.

We've been operating as a real family for going on 8 years now, and we can't wait to "make it official," and share the special day, and our beloved mountain town, with our closest friends and family.

The Wedding

Saturday, July 13, 2019
5:00 PM
Attire: Casual
Ceremony and Reception
Arrowhead Ranch
480 Cottage Grove Rd, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352, USA
Other Events

Game Night at the Red Crow Lodge
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
7:00 PM
Red Crow Lodge
29257 Arrowhead Dr, Cedar Glen, CA, USA

For those that arrive early enough, we're hosting a little game night at our place with beer, wine & snacks. Feel free to stop by anytime between 7pm-midnight. Don't fret if you're not in town yet!

Lake Arrowhead Queen Boat Tour
Thursday, July 11, 2019
11:00 AM
Leroy's Shoes & Clothing
28200 CA-189, Lake Arrowhead, CA 92352, USA

Cruise the lake in comfort... Tour and explore the lake we call home. This hour-long boat ride spotlights celebrity homes, historical landmarks, and the beauty that is Lake Arrowhead. Be sure to arrive early to purchase tickets & get a good seat.

The Lake Arrowhead Queen is docked at the Lake Arrowhead Village.

Purchase tickets at LeRoy’s Boardshop, located dock-side in the Lake Arrowhead Village near the boarding area for the boat tours.

  • $18.50 per adult
  • $16.50 per senior (60 and older)
  • $14 per child (12 and under)

Stick around after the tour for lunch in The Village. Location TBD.


Cookout at The Red Crow Lodge
Thursday, July 11, 2019
4:00 PM
Red Crow Lodge
29257 Arrowhead Dr, Cedar Glen, CA, USA

Cookout at the bride & groom's house! Join us for dinner and yard games.

Lake Day at the Dock
Friday, July 12, 2019
10:00 AM
Seline's Dock

Join us for a day at the lake. Our awesome friend is generously allowing us to spend the day at her south shore dock. Swing by for a bit, or stay for the day. This awesome location allows for swimming, fishing, sunbathing, and we'll even have a giant inflatable. Be sure to bring your beach gear.

Outdoor Screening of "The Great Outdoors"
Friday, July 12, 2019
8:00 PM
Seline's Dock

Keep hold of those beach chairs and towels, we're watching a movie on the beach. Enjoy a screening of the groom's favorite cabin movie... 1988's "The Great Outdoors." Some snacks will be provided, but please BYOB.

Wedding Party

Jessi Carter - Matron of Honor

Sister (and BFF) of the Bride. Life of the party. Cleveland gal. Talented hair stylist. Loyal friend. Rosé enthusiast. Disney expert. Dog/Cat Mom.

Steven Jaworski - Officiant

Good friend of the Bride and Groom. Adventure buddy. Creative soul. Happy camper. Goofball. Frenchie dad. Alanis Morrisette superfan. Loyal friend.

Trevor Hayes - Best Man

Brother of the Groom. Outdoorsman. Buckeyes fan. Crossfit trainer. Family man.

Matt Stoessner - Best Man

Best friend and Fraternity "Big" of the Groom. Fisherman. Bourbon aficionado. Buckeyes fan. Hockey enthusiast.