Walfre

and

Greg

Walfre and Greg

Please join us for our wedding celebration on

Our Story

We met back in August 2006 during Welcome Week at Cal (University of California, Berkeley). Both entering Freshmen, we met on the dance floor in the basement of the infamous Aqua-Delt Fraternity. Called Aqua-Delt because they had a pool. After being friends for a year and roommates for another year, Walfre asked Greg out on August 23rd, 2008 and we have been together ever since. With many ups and few downs, we have stood together no matter what life has faced us. Walfre stood by Greg’s side during his mother’s cancer diagnosis and eventual passing in 2014. While painful, Greg is extremely grateful for all of the love and support that he got during that difficult period and especially for Walfre’s unwavering compassion.

From our first trip together, road tripping through the South from Charleston South Carolina to New Orleans Louisiana, to our latest trip throughout Turkey, we love to travel, see new places, and try new things. Food brings us together, whether it’s enjoying Oaxacan food, native to Walfre’s homeland, a German Spaetzle, or cooking a spaghetti squash with shrimp and peanut sauce at home, we love to talk about the flavors of food and the stories food tells. Walfre and Greg both share a love for Mexico and traveling to new places throughout the country.

For our last semester at university, we decided to study abroad. Walfre went to Bordeaux, France, and Greg went to Costa Rica, both in immersion programs to learn the languages there. Greg’s program, being more affordable, was much longer than Walfre’s program, and so with still three months left in Costa Rica and Walfre on his way home back to San Marcos, California, Greg convinced his mom to buy Walfre a plane ticket to Costa Rica, where Walfre and Greg stayed together with other study abroad students, in a duplex owned by a wild Tica (woman of a Costa Rica) and managed on less than $500 a month. We still got to hike the tallest mountain in Costa Rica and go on an epic road trip through the Nicoya Peninsula. This is when our relationship really solidified, and is when we met many of our closest friends that we still spend time with today.

After leaving Costa Rica, with only Greg having a part time job at ALKO Office Supply that he kept from University, and Walfre needing to find work, we moved to Oakland, California with Walfre’s friend from high school, Tony Castellaños. Walfre and Tony both got jobs at the fine Mexican restaurant, Tamarindo, and Walfre found work at the coolest, most slanted, and oldest bar in Oakland, Heinold’s First and Last Chance Saloon. This is the time where we built our community in Oakland, and have made many lasting friendships. During this time, we also got involved in the worker cooperative movement and founded a soap business called Co-Soap. This was a lot of fun, and though we had to fold due to lack of funds for growth, and gaining full-time career oriented work, it was an experience we will never forget. We still have the entrepreneur bug and hope to start a new business in the future.

We can hardly believe we’ve been in Oakland for 9 years, but are looking forward to what the future has in store for us. We want to start a family and can’t wait to begin that journey. We are so grateful for the friendships we’ve made and the family we’ve kept, here in the Bay and throughout the world. We look forward to celebrating the life we’ve lived and the future we’re heading towards with you.

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Travel

Granlibakken Tahoe - 725 Granlibakken Rd, Tahoe City, CA 96145

The cloest Airport is Reno, NV.

You can also fly into Sacramento. It's about a 2 Hour Drive.

The hotel and venue are about 45 minutes north of South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe borders Nevada and people can go to the Casinos.

We are encouraging our friends and family to stay with us at the resort. We have made accomodations for the wedding and you can book at discounted rates.
Passcode is: ELENCRUZ.  

Guests can call in or book online.  If you call in, please let the reservations department know that you are part of the ELENBAAS-CRUZ Wedding.

If you go online, you can write in the comment box for any specifics (extra night, etc.), all online reservations are input by hand after the resort receives them. 

Reservations: (800) 543-3221, Front Desk: (530) 583-4242.
Here are the steps for online:
1.       www.granlibakken.com
2.       Click on event/group Reservations (middle of page)
3.       In “Group ID” enter ELENCRUZ
4.       Then your form will pop up!
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Things to Do

North Lake Tahoe Beach Activities

The wedding is taking place in North Lake Tahoe, which has some of the most beautiful beaches around the lake.

If you arrive early or leave late, you'll have the option to explore and hike around these beaches.

Bring your swimsuits and floaties and explore some of what North Lake has to offer.

Kings Beach

5 Places to Standup Paddle Board

Other Beaches - North Lake



South Lake Tahoe Casinos

South Lake Tahoe is about a 30 minute drive south along the lake. Beatiful drive along the lake, with some epic views during the day.

South Lake Tahoe Casinos

If you go at night for the casinos, please get an Uber or have a designated driver. There are some narrow sections on the road.

North Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park (Kids 5+ and Adults)

Located on premise at Granlibakken

Ranked as the #1 activity on TripAdvisor in all of Lake Tahoe, the Treetop Adventure Park is a must-do. The Treetop Adventure Park is comprised of a series of courses linking tree platforms with a variety of bridges and zip lines. The Treetop Adventure Park offers a variety of courses, from kid's zip lining to thrilling adventure ropes courses. North Tahoe Adventure's Treetop Adventure Park is suitable for ages 5+ and all levels of athleticism.

Reservations Required

Gift Registry

Greg & Walfre Wedding Registry


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Photos

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