Community Firefighter by day (and/or night) and just “one of the guys” off hours, Kyle met his beautiful Spanish bride when a friend introduced them after work. Mariana, out dancing with her girlfriends that night, connected with Kyle right away. Their connection on the dance floor may have sparked their initial flame, but true love is what keeps those red-hot embers alight.
The two are a beautiful force for good, growing in ways that serve their love for each other as well as their family, and their community. Kyle is learning Spanish, when he’s not fighting fires, to better connect with Mariana’s family. Mariana came to the US from Uruguay not knowing the English language. She now speaks fluently, helps students thrive as a school social worker, and is studying for her Masters in Social Work at Stamford. Each takes so much pride and supports one another in all that they do and strive to be.
Family support is important to this couple, so they returned to Longfellows in Saratoga to include Kyle’s family while inviting Mariana’s from overseas. The bridal party was a special treat, from best man Chad Houser and his grandfather (who remembers Kyle’s band and still has the earplugs to prove it) as well as 2-year-old nephew Grant as Secret Agent in Charge of Ring Security. Mariana’s maids were who’s who of beautiful Spanish names, every single one ending in the letter A: Victoria, Violetta, Gabriella, and on down the line.
The ceremony was recited in English and interpreted in Spanish, getting twice the “awwws” and laughter for each sentiment. Given the eruption of laughter from the Spanish speaking family, their interpreter clearly added a few surprise translation twists.
The couple poured two jars of sand into a single glass heart to represent their coming together from different continents and solidifying their union.
Kyle’s eyes shimmer as he recalls, “I felt such a connection the first night I met Mariana and followed up the next day. We’ve been inseparable ever since.”
“Was she dancing that incredibly when you met her?” I asked. They had just danced their first Tango together as husband and wife.
“Oh yes,” he said, eyes on Mariana as a huge smile stretched across his face.
All of life’s elements came together in perfect balance on this day: Earthly sands from distant shores; warmth and joy on a light, airy breeze; a touch of nurturing rain; and a fiery family dancing deep into the night. Mariana, Kyle, we wish you both an abundance of every one of these elements in such beautiful balance all the days of your life. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us!
YTK Photography: Kim Clune and Jackie Kohler
Officient: Reverend Janet Dunn
Hair : The Beautiful Bride, Patricia Bowden-Luccardi
Make up: Christina Mignone
Cake: J & S Watkins
DJ: Marek Marszycki
MC: Alejandro Fernandez
Flowers: Lane Floral Gardens