The Course of True Love

A wedding15 years in the making, true love, and a spectacular ocean view of the Pacific deserves a post this grand! We are excited to feature the wedding of Kerry and Garrett Benter, which took place at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel. After a 15 year courtship, one made for the storybooks, their wedding was an equally epic affair. They drew from their mutual love of the sea as the inspiration for their celebration, which goes to show, the course of true love can lead to the Ritz!

From the Bride: Since the summer we met in 2000 to our summer wedding on July 10, 2015, our relationship has been filled with ongoing love and special memories to last forever. I was lucky enough to meet Garrett at a restaurant where we both applied to be servers. I knew he had the warmest heart and was so caring by the way he helped run my orders since I was too scared to hold the tray. We fell in love and went to California State University, Fullerton together. Over the next 15 years, our love grew stronger and we were inseparable. We both supported each other through college and landed the careers we hoped for. Garrett has always been my motivation and is the most dedicated, loving, and encouraging person I know.

Garrett proposed on my birthday in 2014, while we were out on a Duffy boat in Newport Harbor. I was totally surprised because we had already dated for 14 years and I wasn't expecting anything like that on my birthday! We were so thrilled and he had a surprise party ready for me at my parents' house when we returned that night.

Our wedding was exactly what we always dreamed of! We wanted to celebrate it with our closest friends and family overlooking the ocean. From the moment we visited the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, we both knew it was perfect! Garrett and I both love the beach and couldn't think of a better spot to get married.

Both of my sisters-in-law were my bridesmaids. They have both been there for us over the years and have always been supportive and loving. We have shared many memories together and I am so thankful they were by our side on our special day. Our wedding celebration was the most special day of our lives and we are very thankful to all our friends and family that shared it with us. We wouldn't have done it any other way!



Venue: Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA

Wedding Coordinator: Lisa Simpson, Orange County, CA

Photographer: Tony Florez -

Wedding Gown: Casablanca Bridal - Newport Coast, Newport Beach, CA

Tuxedos: Friar Tux

Wedding Floral Design: Florals by Jenny, Laguna Beach, CA

Wedding Cake: Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA

Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas -

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