Born nearly 3,000 miles apart, Emily and Marlon believe luck played a role in their meeting eight years ago at their small town Iowa high school. Emily, an Iowa native, and Marlon, born in El Salvador, quickly realized fate had brought them together as they fell deeper in love throughout their time at Luther College. Now living and working in Chicago, the high school sweethearts returned to Decorah, Iowa, the place where it all began, for their outdoor wedding at De Novo Barn.
Their appreciation of both cultures was evident in all aspects of the planning, from the locally grown unity tree to the "shake for a kiss" maracas. While the day was celebrated in both Spanish and English, it was clear that Emily and Marlon's love language was universal.