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Tyler and Pete Murdaca

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Tied the Knot: September 30, 2017

Is it chance? Is it fate? Perhaps all happy couples believe in both, to a certain extent.

“Pete and I lived a couple of doors down the street from each other during high school, but we didn’t meet until we were in our mid-20s!” smiled Tyler (Ring) Murdaca. “We finally met in 2012 on the Mokelumne River here in our home of Lodi. We were there one warm summer day with mutual friends; we began dating and we were engaged five years later. During those years, Pete moved to Italy to attend a culinary program for six months. After he came home and started running the restaurant with his family, we both knew that we would plant our roots in Lodi.”

Tyler has spent most of her life in Lodi. She attended Lodi High School and was active in aquatic sports for her entire life. After graduating from University of the Pacific in Stockton, Tyler earned her real estate license and she has been working in commercial real estate for the past four years. She recently took on the role of director of retail leasing at Cushman & Wakefield’s new Stockton office. She loves animals, enjoys being active and being outdoors. Since her husband is in the food industry, she has a new love for dining out at restaurants.

Pete’s family has been in the Lodi area for more than 40 years. They own the popular local restaurant Pietro’s Trattoria. Pete comes from a close Italian family that is a deep part of the Lodi community. He loves to be active and, most importantly, loves to cook delicious food and interact with the people in the community.

Pete’s subtle and imaginative proposal caught Tyler a bit off guard. “The day before Pete’s 28th birthday, we had plans to have dinner with our families in Sacramento at one of our favorite restaurants, Biba Ristorante Italiano,” Tyler smiles. “Pete surprised me with a limo to dinner, which I thought was strange since it was for his birthday. When we got in the limo there were a lot of gifts in the car, which I thought were for his birthday. As he opened the gifts, he asked me to help him open the last one. Inside the last gift was the ring!”

The blissful couple tied the knot on September 30, 2017, in an afternoon wedding at Oak Farm Vineyards. Tyler was attended by bridesmaids Haley Ring, Jenna Cole, Meredith Baker, Paige Geweke, Lyndsey Merrill, Lindsey Miller, Lauren McGregor Alexis Ward, Lori Woodard and Lauren Taylor. Pete’s groomsmen were Rudy Vaccarezza, Casey Vaccarezza, Joey Murdaca, Kevin Gillies, Alex Cano, Alex Labeouf, Tyler Moran, David Ring, Mat Keplinger and Anthony Simi.

“My grandparents, George and Marilyn Brown, owned Oak Farm Vineyards before the Panella family purchased the property and transformed it into a wine and event center, so I grew up on the property. I have many special memories from my years there with my grandparents. We had our ceremony with the lake as a backdrop; it’s the lake that my grandfather built at the property when I was a little girl, where I enjoyed fishing and playing.

“The wedding day itself was magical. Fifteen family members flew in from Italy to see us. We had a warm summer day with our family and friends and it could not have been more perfect. One of my favorite elements of the day was the open tent that sheltered the farm tables, where our guests were able to mingle and enjoy the beautiful venue around us. It turned out absolutely beautiful.

“The wedding style we chose was timeless, classic elegance. The bridesmaids wore a soft elegant gray blue, and the groomsmen were clad in classic tuxedos. We chose simple gold accents and exposed farm wood; our color scheme reflected earthy green tones with eucalyptus set off by light pink and apricot tones.”

Tyler and Pete honeymooned at the Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji. “We stayed in one of the over-water bures with endless views of the ocean and we truly had the time of our lives. We wanted to go somewhere where we could relax and spend one-on-one time with each other.”

Photography
The Edges Photography 

Bridal Gown
Miosa Bride

Bridesmaids’ Gowns
Sheryl Giles Bridal Couture

Hair Styling
Melanie Edwards, Renaissance Salon and Spa 

Makeup
Megann Guerrero  

Florist
Blossoms by Lisa

DJ
DJ Cams

Caterer
Angelina’s Spaghetti House

Cake
Denise Axtell

Venue
Oak Farm Winery

Wedding Planner
So Eventful

Jeweler
Danz Jewelers

Invitations & Stationer
Minted