Q&A with the bride and groom:
How did you meet?
We first met at interviews for the University of Denver's school leadership program in 2012. Fast forward three years and we were serving as principals in the Denver Public Schools. We connected at a Rockies game that many school leaders attended and the rest was history!
What is your proposal story?
Jesús surprised me with a trip to LA and tickets to Hamilton for my birthday. After the play, we went out for dinner. After a delicious dinner and mariachi performance, we stopped to take a picture in front of a beautiful and ornate Christmas tree in the entryway. Jesús got down on one knee and popped the question. It was hard to hear his exact words through the commotion and excitement but he adapted a line originally penned by Hamilton and quoted by Lin-Manuel Miranda to their wives and said, "you're the best of women. I know you'll be the best of wives; will you be mine?" I was shocked, speechless, and emphatically nodded while saying, "Yes!"
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding:
We wanted a wedding and reception that felt like us. Getting married in the Catholic church was important to Jesús and so we decided to get married at Saint Catherine of Siena church near our home in Denver. We wanted a day wedding because we love brunch food and games. When we found the Rackhouse, we knew that it was perfect. They serve Jesús' favorite Bierstadt lager, there are lots of games and their mac and cheese is to die for. My favorite color is green and so we chose French blue and sage green as our colors.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
We wanted beautiful pictures and a great DJ. Both Rebecca Caridad of Manzanita Photography and DJ Chonz delivered. The party was a blast and we have so many great pictures to remember our special day.
What were your favorite parts of the day?
My parents surprised us with an antique Rolls Royce that we rode in from the Denver Botanic Gardens, where we did our first look, to the church and then to some murals by local Denver artists. The driver finally dropped us at the Rackhouse where we joined our guests. A mariachi band welcomed us and then DJ Chonz got the dance party started. We enjoyed great beer and cider, our favorite '90s hip-hop and Motown tunes and giant games with our friends and family.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
Jesús loves doughnuts and, in going with our brunch theme, we had Voodoo Doughnuts for our cake and guests. My dad made a doughnut wall that displayed over 200 doughnuts. Our wedding cake was a giant glazed doughnut in the shape of a heart.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
We wanted our wedding to feel like us. Think about what you like and what is special about your relationship. Then try to make your wedding feel like that.