Marlena & Joe

October 15, 2022 • Zion Springs - Hamilton, VA

Marlena & Joe

October 15, 2022
Zion Springs - Hamilton, VA

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Our Story


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?

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.



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
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


Available airports are DCA,Baltimore & Dulles. We recommend flying into Dulles because as it is the closest to Leesburg/Zion Springs!


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Wedding Timeline

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

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