Natalie + Keenan by Monique Maarschalk

We didn’t exactly take things slow in our relationship, and I often humorously attribute our fast pace to the pandemic rather than my personality.

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…
: 32-year old professional services marketer with a passion for music, photography, snowboarding and spending time with the people I love.
Groom: 33, Construction manager. Enjoys things that are very difficult – fly fishing, alpine ski touring, and tinkering with old cars.

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?
: We casually began crossing paths in 2019 at work in Houston, Texas. However, it wasn’t until that year’s company Christmas party that I noticed him. My first impression – why would this guy be sitting by himself eating tacos? I haven’t left him alone since.
Groom: We met at our company Christmas party, which I happened to be at alone. She sat down next to me while I was enjoying some pastor tacos, and she hasn’t got rid of me yet.

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?
: We didn’t exactly take things slow in our relationship, and I often humorously attribute our fast pace to the pandemic rather than my personality! In reality, we started dating just one month before the pandemic hit, which meant that while the rest of the world was locking down, we spent an incredible amount of time together. Suddenly, what I sought in a life partner became abundantly clear.
Groom: In the summer of 2022, I had gone home to Texas to see family and a few friends. I had a few moments of alone time and really began thinking about my future — what I wanted and who I wanted to be. I couldn’t imagine a life that didn’t include Nat. A few days later I bought a ring after confiding in her sister and consulting with her on the perfect ring for Nat.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…
: Our friends from Colorado had just eloped in Italy, and given the distance between us since we relocated to Scandinavia, opportunities to see them were few and far between. That inspired us to meet in the charming city of Perugia where our engagement unfolded. Honestly, I had no clue that this was in the cards, although when I reflect upon it now, Keenan’s behavior should have dropped a few hints. He’s the quintessential “go-with-the-flow” guy, but for this trip, he had meticulously planned every detail for the first 24 hours after we landed in Italy. I’m quite the detective, so he knew he couldn’t share many of our plans with me, so there I was in the town square, dressed in jeans, unmanicured hands, and damp hair, but honestly, that’s what made the engagement more endearing and memorable to me.
Groom: I think she covered it, but yes, I did ask my best friends if it was ok to get engaged on their elopement/honeymoon trip. And of course, I asked her Dad for Nat’s hand in marriage, but it was after I bought the ring. Her parents had just moved to Ecuador, and it was tough to get a hold of him. We played phone tag for quite a while, but ultimately ended up asking him via facetime.

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…
Bride: Keenan and I share similar tastes in design and architecture, which helped us decide our wedding’s overall aesthetic alongside our wedding stylist and planner. We both favored an intimate atmosphere, but I shared my vision with descriptors such as earthy, modern, and moody.
Groom: An intimate Mediterranean villa setting. I was looking for a low-key yet memorable vacation with our family. I absolutely did not want some big affair with a load of people we didn’t personally know and interact with regularly.

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?
Bride: If you asked anyone who knows me, they’d probably describe me as someone in touch with their emotions. But little did I expect to be overwhelmed by nerves on my wedding day, mainly since we had chosen to share this intimate moment with just our closest eight family members. The hours leading up to our “first look” were a rollercoaster of emotions, a whirlwind of tears, butterflies fluttering in my stomach, and hands that were inexplicably clammy and trembling. The range of feelings was endless. I can’t express enough gratitude to everyone who reassured me that these emotions were perfectly normal, especially my photographer, who felt like my fairy godmother, soothing my pre-wedding jitters with her kind presence.
Groom: Mid-ceremony we all came to the realization that Nat forgot where she placed her written vows. Shortly after, her sister realized she misplaced the rings somewhere. It sparked some laughs, but ultimately it all worked out beautifully and will be something we always remember.

LOCATION Sa Sinia, @sasiniatramuntana / PHOTOGRAPHER Monique Maarschalk, @moniquemaarschalkphoto / CELEBRANT Marcela Lozano, @mlozano43 / ENTERTAINMENT Lo Music, / STYLING & PLANNING Moon Velvet Design, @moonvelvetstudio / FLORA Otro Cantar Decoracion, @otrocantardecoracion / CATERING & BEVERAGES Organi Chefs, @organichefs / CAKE Tarta Mania Mallorca, @tartamaniabodasmallorca / STATIONERY Better with Co, @betterwithco / SUIT Mond of Copenhagen, @mondofcph / WEDDING DRESS Anthropologie, @anthropologieweddings / RINGS Thomas Markle Jewelers, @tmarklejewelers / SHOES Vinny’s the Vibe, @vinnysthevibe / BRIDE’S EARRINGS Mother-in-Law / HAIR & MAKEUP Xisca Covas, @xisca_makeup / FRAGRANCE Creed Fragrance, @creedfragrance; Viktor Rolf, @viktorandrolf_fragrances

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