Surrounded by wildflowers, spectacular views, and awe-inspiring organic details. We will soon celebrate the union of these two beautiful souls. We are so excited to see the love unfold between these families and create the beginning to another chapter of their amazing love story. These are a few of the fun things we have found out about Vanessa & Marcela, their relationship, the ways they absolutely love each other and how Marcela proposed. Only 25 days to go!!!!!

How Marcela proposed….

We already knew we were getting married in a couple of weeks, but Vanessa embarrassingly still wanted the proposal, so Marcela arranged a very elaborate surprise getaway to a houseboat in Sausalito for the night (where Vanessa had been led to believe there would be a bunch of friends), and then when they got there, it was just them, and Marcela proposed very sweetly with a painting, and they spent two days at that wonderful houseboat.

All about Vanessa & Marcela….

  • When and where did you first meet?

We met in April 2009 in Madrid at a friend’s dinner party. Vanessa was studying abroad there. Marcela was living in Spain and getting paid to tour around American exchange students for Vassar and Wesleyan Colleges. Vanessa was friends with some of the kids she was touring around, and that’s why we were at the same dinner party.

  •   When and where was your first date?

We got a little stoned that night and danced a lot and went home together. Vanessa didn’t think it was going to lead to anything, but they ran into one another at their university two days later, and for some reason, both their afternoon classes had been cancelled, so they decided to wander around Madrid for a handful of hours together, looking for a present for Marcela’s mom’s birthday. Bizarrely, on that first real date, they ran into Marcela’s godson (who she is very close to), and they made impromptu plans with Vanessa’s best friend in the whole world and her partner (who ended up getting food poisoning from that dinner).

  • What city and state are you originally from?

Vanessa is from San Francisco, CA, and Marcela is from Caracas, Venezuela.

  •  What was your first impression of each other?

Vanessa was astonished Marcela was gay, and none of her friends had set them up yet! Vanessa also didn’t realize that Marcela spoke perfect English yet and kept trying to steer the conversation back to Spanish to include her. Marcela thought Vanessa was forward and shameless.

  •   What do you love most about each other?

Vanessa loves Marcela’s deep goodness and earnestness. Marcela says “i love how you are openhearted, a hard worker, and a sexy dancer. you love your community and are determined to make it better.”

  •  What is one of your favorite activities to do together?

Hike, bike, snowboard (when Marcela convinces Vanessa), backpack, do arts and crafts.

  • What’s one of your most embarrassing couple moments?

Oh so many. We left the oven on at my dad’s weekend home for 30 days. It was terrible.

  •  Who takes longer to get ready?

Vanessa, by a factor of twenty, and Marcela loves to make her aware of it.

  • Favorite colors?

Marcela’s is green. Vanessa doesn’t have one.

  • One of the most important things you want for your big day?

For all of our families and friends to be together and have a good time.

  •   Who will cry first on your big day?


  • Who cheats at board games?

Marcela always wins, even if Vanessa were to cheat. But Marcela would be more likely to cheat.

  • Who is better at keeping surprises?

Neither of us.

  • Who belts out to the tunes on a road trip?

We’re both sooooo musically challenged. Marcela is utterly tone deaf.

  •  Are you both morning people? Night owls? Or one of each?

Vanessa needs tons of sleep, much to Marcela’s chagrin. Marcela thinks she doesn’t need any, but she’s wrong.

  • Who is a better dancer?

Hmmm—toss up.

  •  Who spends more money?


  • What do you respect most about each other?

Vanessa respects Marcela’s resiliency and ability to forgive. Marcela says she respects that “Vanessa is introspective and knows herself so much – so there is no doubt in her decisions. even when she makes the wrong ones”

  • Where did you first say, “I love you”:

Marcela played incredibly hard to get for the first two months of their dating, and then out of nowhere agreed to go on a vacation with Vanessa to Tunisia for a week. After the first day, everything was already so much more intimate and wonderful, and Marcela told Vanessa she loved her at the end of the trip.

  • What was the first thing that attracted you to each other?

Marcela’s mannerisms and dance moves. Vanessa’s bold moves and sexiness.

  • Who is better in the kitchen?

Marcela, and she loves to brag about it. Vanessa is the proud dish washer.

  •  What is something you each do for each other that makes you feel the most loved?

Marcela is incredibly sweet and authentic at consoling Vanessa. Marcela loves when Vanessa puts her socks on for her while she’s still in bed.

  •  Tell us about an odd quirk each other has.

Everything about Marcela is an odd quirk. She loves packing and unpacking stuff. She is incredibly blunt to everyone. She is always ten degrees hotter than everyone else. She loves Micro Machines and tropical animals and really expensive bed sheets and hand me downs from her grandparents. Marcela says “You are addicted to arts and crafts – you will spend hours crunched over a sewing machine to finish the 14th pouch of day for no particular reason but to be done with the pouches. you learn things on youtube. You are stingy. You are resourceful. You are very difficult to change your mind”

  • When did you know you were in love?

On our vacation in Tunisia.

  •    What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Married life has been very similar to not married, committed partner life, but all the sweeter because we get so much more recognition, and it’s so nice to plan our future so concretely.