On Love

Nuptials: Alina Martin & Marc Fuentebella

(Mark F. Sypher)
Sunday, May 30, 2010

Alina Martin, 32, is a program manager. Marc Fuentebella, 35, is a business analyst. They will live in San Diego.

Wedding date: May 15.

Location: St. Regis Hotel in Northwest.

Guests: 84.

How they met: In 1999, Marc started at a technology company a day after Alina was hired. They worked in adjacent offices, and they ran into each other often. After six months or so, they started working on projects together, which led to late nights in the office. Co-workers started commenting that Marc and Alina were dating. At first, they just laughed at the comments, Marc says, but in 2001, they gave dating a try.

The proposal: On New Year's Eve 2008, the two had dinner in the District and then went to Alina's house in Reston to watch the Times Square ball drop. At midnight, Marc pulled out the ring and popped the question. The first words out of Alina's mouth were, "Are you serious?" Because he hadn't proposed around Christmas, she had assumed it wasn't going to happen until Valentine's Day.

The wedding: Marc moved to San Diego in March 2009, while Alina stayed in Reston. He tried to be involved with the wedding planning as much as possible, talking to vendors over the phone and through e-mail, so it wasn't too stressful for Alina. The two had a lot of out-of-town guests and created gift bags for them with maps for sightseeing.

Honeymoon: A winter trip to Turks and Caicos.

-- Kathleen Hom

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