Amber & Fernando: A Cultural Wedding in Seattle, WA

For Amber Berman and Fernando Ortiz, there was no shocking, sweep-her-off-her-feet marriage proposal. Somehow, it was even more romantic than that: We always had the understanding that we were each other's destiny, explains Amber. THE BRIDE Amber Berman THE GROOM Fernando Ortiz THE DATE August 3 The two met when Amber was studying in Mexico. A mutual friend introduced her to Fernando, who was working as an IT specialist. The more we got to know each other, the more we realized that we wanted to spend our lives together, Amber says. Six months later, however, Amber had to return to the States, where she tried helping Fernando get a visa -- a process that took more than a year.