I’m excited to share this wedding and love story with you today! Where to start…where to start…so Mariel and Luke originally met in high school. They shared a homeroom class, though Luke was a Senior and Mariel was a freshman. Twelve years later the two reconnected via facebook. Now I think we should go ahead and applaud technology for these two and their adventurous lives.
After dating for a year, Mariel was offered a job with the Facebook team in Austin, Texas. Honestly…who would give that up? Thank god Luke was her biggest advocate in taking that job. He promised he would find a way to transfer to Austin so that they could be together. Three months later, Like succuessfully convinced his company to let him transfer and work from home in Austin. A few days after Luke’s arrival, Mariel came home to their long marble hallway covered in multitude of colored roses and an array of candles. Luke was down on one knee waiting for her. After the proposal he then told her to pack her bags because they were going home to see her parents in DC. A perfect and intimate proposal followed by a surprise party with their closest friends and family.
They wanted to get married in Washington, DC because they are both grew up in the DC metro area. With all of the traveling they did during the past year, they knew that they wanted to get married at home. They wanted their guests to fall in love with their favorite city as much as they did growing up.
When choosing a venue, Mariel consulted with her close friend, Amanda Smith McCabe (of Engaging Affairs), who suggested she check out the 101 Constitution. Mariel was sure she did not want a hotel reception but was really attracted to the downtown look/feel, so 101 Constitution seemed to be the perfect match. Once they walked up to see the view, they were both blown away and instantly choked up by its beauty.
They knew they wanted a classic look with an air of modern flare. They were hoping to create an experience for their guests that they would never forget. An opportunity to get dressed up, and enjoy a night of great food, music and ambiance in the heart of their Nation’s capitol. They were hoping all of that would be wrapped up with a romantic undertone that had subtle personal touches so that everyone could feel the love they have for one another.
Facebook was the reason these two love birds reconnected, and then the reason they began their travels to Austin for Mariel’s future job. They thought it was only appropriate to have Facebook incorporated into the décor in some way, since it is such a strong part of their history as a couple. They had cookies made that looked like the like thumbs up icon with “I do” beside it. What a fun idea?! Definitely a unique favor.
They were really impressed with how their table numbers came out. Mariel and her mother designed their alphabet letters for each table in their wedding colors. When their guests arrived at their assigned table they could read a fact about the happy couple – for example: Table C – “Churros – what Luke & Mariel’s abuela were eating the night he asked her for her hand in marriage. They were so elated they decided to celebrate with another round!”
Mariel and Luke recall their favorite moment from their wedding date was seeing each other at the end of the aisle. Such an amazing moment! Their funniest memory from the wedding was the priest calling Mariel by the wrong name. He said Maribel the entire ceremony, which will be good for a good laugh from a long time to come. During the reception the two were just so thrilled to have all their favorite people in one room – getting to know one another and having a great time together. Such a blessing!
Recently Mariel and Luke moved to San Francisco for Luke’s new position at Google.
Introducing the awesome vendors:
Ceremony Venue: Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Reception Venue: 101 Constitution
Catering: Charlie Palmers
Planner: Events Accomplished
Photography: Sweet Tea Photography
Florist: Jack H. Lucky
Videography: Blue Sky Films
Band: DC Synergy, Entertainment Exchange
Hair: Hair by Jewels
Cake&facebook cookies: Sweet Ladies Bakery
Lighting: Frost Lighting
Rentals: Party Rentals
Escort pops: Vintage Confections via Etsy.com
Film scans: Richards Photo Lab