Maria and Vanessa at the Champagne and Bubbles party on our Sweet Caribbean Cruise.
Inspired by their experience on our Sweet Caribbean Cruise, San Francisco residents Vanessa and Maria are planning a green wedding with a “Notebook” theme and a honeymoon at our Sweet Cozumel Resort, Sept. 4-11, 2010. The happy couple is also working with our pals at Marriage Equality USA to extend the impact of their wedding by sharing it with the local media.
Our love story begins six months ago when Vanessa, a medical lab assistant and phlebotomist, and Maria, a senior assignment desk specialist for Bella Pictures, connected online. Shortly after their first awesome dates, Vanessa had to go to Guam for 26 days for a family emergency. Before Vanessa left, she sent Maria a “Notebook”-esque letter professing her love. From Guam, she proposed on Craig’s List (where they originally met) and Maria accepted. When Vanessa returned home, she and Maria moved in together and left for the Sweet Caribbean Cruise.
It’s been a whirlwind romance. “We get alot of people saying it’s too fast or how do you know she’s the one,” Vanessa said. “Well, prior to Maria, I was in a nine-year relationship. After that ship sank, I dated a few others before finding her. I know now I don’t have to wait another nine years to figure it out. She’s the one and I want to marry her, which is shocking since I was anti-marriage before I met her.”
“We hope our story will inspire other couples to take with them what we have taken back from our Sweet experience,” she said. “After cleaning Uvero Beach, we really became conscious of our environment so we are giving our guests receive a notebook made from recycled paper as wedding party favors, so they can start writing their ‘Notebook’ love story, but also being eco-friendly while doing it.”
Congratulations Vanessa and Maria! We can’t wait to celebrate your wedding this fall.