October 15, 2022

Zion Springs - Hamilton, VA

October 15, 2022

Zion Springs - Hamilton, VA

Our Story

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A fun proposal and a cocktail straw ring turn into reality

Our story begins at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut as freshman eager for adventures. Lucky for us, we lived next door to each other, so finding a companion for exploring was as easy as a knock on the door.

Joe knew Marlena was the “one”

As college progressed, we found ourselves gravitating towards one another. Joe continually tried to impress Marlena with jokes and his ability to weather cold New England nights wearing a t-shirt.

One night when Joe was particularly entertaining, and Marlena’s laughter was so inspiring, he knew he had to keep her around. Joe dropped to one knee and proposed, offering Marlena a ring made from a cocktail straw -- despite never having dated.

Laughing, Marlena, said yes. Who wouldn’t want to marry this handsome comedian?
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One special summer

The summer prior to their junior year, Joe, Marlena and good friends Frank, Max and Cusano stayed in Connecticut to take internships and summer jobs. Although Marlena enjoyed hanging with this wonderful crew, she found herself wanting to spend time alone with Joe.

Marlena used her pasta making skills, bought a six-pack of beer and enticed Joe to assemble IKEA furniture for her that summer – the perfect excuse to be alone with Joe.

This special summer together became the foundation for their relationship and they were soon officially a couple.

Now, nine years later, after moves to Mexico, California, Bridgeport and Washington DC, new nieces, nephews, in-laws and a puppy, Marlena and Joe are exchanging the cocktail straw ring for wedding rings.

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Accommodations

Hotel rooms are blocked at the Lansdowne and Tru by Hilton.
Staying at one of these locations will help coordinate shuttle pick up and drop-off for the wedding. Please make reservations early due to the many weddings held in the Leesburg area.

 
Clarion Hotel
44050 Woodridge Pkwy,
Leesburg, VA 20176

Official room blocks for Landsdowne will be available At the end of February. Until then, Joe has reserved a handful of rooms. To confirm a room that’s Joe has booked please call Landsdowne Resort and say that you are confirming a room Joe Walters has reserved and would like to add your name as an accompany. This will allow us to add you to the block once it is created:
703-729-8400

Clarion Hotel
44732 Endicott Drive,
Ashburn, VA 20147
 

Other hotels in the Leesburg area

 
Clarion Hotel
117 Fort Evans Rd NE,
Leesburg, VA 20176
Clarion Hotel
115 Fort Evans Rd NE,
Leesburg, VA 20176
 

Registry

Crate & Barrel
wayfair
Honeyfund

Wedding Timeline

Mixer: 4:00pm -- Ceremony: 5:00pm -- Dinner 7:00pm -- First Dance 8:00pm -- Cake Cutting 9:00pm -- Sparkler Send Off 10:30pm

Photos

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Directions to Zion Springs

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