Nuptials: Dianna Rodriguez and Luke Marlowe
Dianna Rodriguez, 22, is a courthouse deputy clerk. Luke Marlowe, 24, is a firefighter-paramedic. They live in Arlington.
Wedding date: May 22.
Locations: Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Northwest Washington, and Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda.
How they met: Dianna was a Gettysburg College student and had volunteer firefighter friends at the local station. In April 2007, they invited her to a dinner party where she met Luke, who was also a Gettysburg firefighter. There were some sparks that night, Dianna says, so she invited him to a dance performance she was choreographing the following weekend.
The proposal: Dianna's grandmother loved meeting Luke when he and Dianna visited her Chesapeake home in the summer of 2007. She told Dianna to hang on to him; he's a good one. Before she passed away in December 2008, Dianna's grandmother gave her engagement ring to Dianna's mother to later pass on to Dianna. In 2009, Luke and Dianna went on a spring break trip to Clearwater Beach, Fla., and Luke surprised her with the ring on the beach at sunset.
The wedding: The ceremony was in the same church that Dianna's parents got married in more than 25 years ago. Dianna made the place cards and table numbers, while Luke put together the favors. The groom's cake was a reproduction of the fire truck Luke works on.
Honeymoon: Drove through a volcano and saw waterfalls in St. Lucia.
-- Kathleen Hom