Mario and Alex are the sweetest couple! I was very excited to celebrate with them on their special day. These new professors celebrated the advancement of their doctoral degrees, buying a house, moving into their house and planning a wedding!
Here is a little bit of their story from their wedding website:
“We met in Goleta, California, while attending the University of California, Santa Barbara for the Sociology Ph.D. program. One year later, we were both enrolled in the Sociology Ph.D. program, without knowing, until we met at the Imperial Bar in Goleta, CA; where we discovered for the first time our unwavering attraction to one another <3.
After meeting, we went on as many dates as we could while balancing school and work. We travelled together to Los Angeles and Philadelphia, and up and down the Central Coast of California. We spent so much time together, we decided to move in to an apartment in downtown Santa Barbara. Our partnership grew stronger, as we started working together by teaching as a guest lecturer on Beyoncé at Cal Poly. We had more adventures, traveling to Oregon, Modesto, San Francisco, Michigan, and Montréal. After adopting our fur-daughters Nina (Russian blue cat) and Moana (Chihuahua-Dachschund mix), we outgrew our small apartment and moved to Santa Maria, CA.
Mario proposed to Alex in Los Angeles at the Griffith Observatory. Despite the rain, Mario found the perfect spot under the stars in the museum. A few weeks later, Alex proposed to Mario in one of their favorite breakfast spots in Pismo Beach, CA.
From driving cross-country twice, traveling the globe a few times with all of our conference travels and plane trips, and celebrating our anniversary in "Hell's Kitchen," our adventures and our life together has reminded us to persevere, celebrate, celebrate, and love each other to the moon and back.”
Their wedding was romantic, heartfelt, and surrounded by family, friends and fur-babies.
Photography: Renoda Campbell Photography
Second shooter: Bobbie Pyle
Caterer: Central Coast Tacos
Tables and Chair Rentals: Andrea’s Party Rentals
Decorations: Eternal Amor
Table Setters: Angela’s Discount, Guadalupe, CA