Jennifer & Mark in Livermore, CA
Energetic twosome Jennifer and Mark unsurprisingly met at a gym. They eventually became friends and stayed that way for three years before getting together. Once they did, they learned that they were both from Palmdale, a small town in Southern California, and had friends in common.
The Bride Jennifer Duran, co-owner of a semi-conductor manufacturing equipment company
The Groom Mark Carrell, co-owner of a semi-conductor manufacturing equipment company
The Date July 19
A few years into their relationship, Mark realized Jennifer was the girl he wanted to marry. What did it take? She didn't complain while they hiked beside the Golden Gate Bridge in cold, rainy weather. Still, Mark waited another five years to propose, but he chose to reenact the day he came to his realization. The weather cooperated too: It was cold and rainy again. This time, though, there was a table, chairs and champagne waiting for the couple when they reached the top of the hill. Mark popped the bubbly, and then popped the question. A few days later, the couple reserved one of only two days open at the vineyard down the block from their home. Vibrant colors and Juicy Couture, the bride’s favorite fashion line, inspired the summer soiree.
- Meredith Bodgas