Catholic Country Club Wedding || Christine+Marvinn
Marvinn and I met in August of 2013 when I (Christie) took a position with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, after graduating from the University of Alabama and moving straight from Tuscaloosa to Pensacola. It was my first job straight out of college and Marvinn has been working at the branch as the Assistant Manager. After introducing himself as “Marvinn with 2 N’s!”, he took me under his wing as the new employee and helped me learn the business! His personality, humor, and treatment of others was what really began to draw me to him and view him as something more than a co-worker.
Because we worked at the same location, I knew that growing our relationship outside of work was not a possibility for us…but we did it anyway! We began to secretly see each other outside of the office setting, first as friends when he invited me out with not just himself, but his close friends also. As we saw each other more and more outside of the office, our relationship began to develop into more.
Finally, after a few months, I was moved to another location in Pensacola and the first thing Marvinn did was send me a HUGE bouquet of flowers! The rest, they say, is history! Our relationship was blooming over every date and kiss, and we took the next step and we moved in together. In late 2015, we found out we were pregnant with our daughter, due in May 2015!
Only four days before she was born, Marvinn treated me to a very romantic and private picnic he planned himself and proposed! We welcomed our daughter in May and a few months later, started planning our wedding. But life threw us an incredible curve of a blessing and we found out when our daughter was only 10 months old that we were expecting again! Wedding planning would have to wait! Then in November 2016, we welcomed our sweet baby boy!
After a few years of the chaos of being thrown full-force into parenthood, we decided that the wedding planning was back on! As we got into planning, I realized that many of the places I was exploring as our venue were booked and unfortunately our finances weren’t where they
needed to be. We decided that if we had waited this long, we would wait a little longer for it to be exactly what we wanted!
So we took the rest of 2018 to really plan out the wedding and we finally set our date: October 19, 2019! Because October was such a busy time of the year for weddings, we really jumped on it! Although the planning process was a bit stressful, I’d dedicated myself to making sure that everything was as simple, classy, and elegant as possible. The last thing I wanted to be was stressed or a bridezilla! We were very blessed and lucky to find our perfect venue at Scenic Hills Country Club for the reception. Dana, the Food and Beverage Coordinator, was so personable and easy to work with, it made us feel comfortable and confident from the first meeting.
Originally she was booked, but Tracy with Wedding Walls was miraculously able to do our décor and we were blown away with Lazzat Olarti’s photography and presentation. We knew that the photos were the one thing that we wanted to invest in because these would be our memories and we would cherish them forever!
Wedding planning with two kids was not easy but we were able to pull it off! In the last few months leading up to the wedding, we also pulled off selling our house and moving into a new one and me starting a new job! We finally said our vows in October and it was about as picture-perfect as I could have imagined! It wasn’t over-the-top, it was simple, classy and a LOT of fun, just like our relationship! We spent the evening surrounded by our loving, huge Filipino and Italian families, our supportive and loving friends, and included our children in our celebration of love! It could not have been a sweeter, more perfect day to say our vows and start a new chapter in our family’s life! Then off to Disney, where shortly after we returned, we found out we were expecting baby #3 in June 2020!
WOW! These two are truly meant to be! Want to know Marvinn’s version of their Love story? Scroll below!
“Our wedding, our love story, our life and family together almost never happened. It is very scary to think that just one little event can drastically change your life forever.”
I met Christie over 6 years ago at Enterprise Rent-a-Car where I was an assistant manager. At the time, a position was open and Christie was one of the candidates for the position. The funny thing is that Christie was not my choice. In fact, I tried very hard to convince my Branch manger and our Area manager to hire another candidate who was actually a friend of mine, who I thought was a better fit for our team. As fate would have it, my friend did not get hired, and Christie, this young girl from Alabama, got the position. Of course, I was a little upset my friend didn’t get the job, and I really wanted to hate her for taking my buddy’s job, but during our first introduction, it was very hard not to like her. She introduced herself with a warm inviting southern accent, and it also didn’t help that she had this sweet, friendly, innocent look to her. Yes I admit, I thought she was attractive, but my professionalism didn’t allow me to think of her in that way. I was her boss and she was my employee. I took my career very seriously, and I did not want anything to compromise my job, as well as hers.
Christie was a very fast learner. She was great with customers and such a valuable asset to our team. She was easy to talk to, especially with that hint of county slang in her words. It’s ironic that I even remember telling her that I liked her accent so much that if I ever had kids, I’d want her to babysit them just so they can pick up on her accent. At work, we would always joke around and tease each other. Strangely, I found out that I enjoyed my job a whole lot more. After some time, Christie and I got to know each other a little better, and like a lot of people who work together, became friends. But I remember one day, I was excited to come into work, but was told that she wasn’t going to be in that day. I didn’t know why but I felt crushed, and for some reason, I wasn’t as excited to be at work anymore. That’s when it hit me, and I finally realized that I actually had stronger feelings for her than what I forced myself to believe.
Of course, with the strict policies our company had with dating within branches, I decided not to pursue her and just remain friends. I was able to hold my feelings inside for quite some time, but one day, as we were talking about our plans for the weekend, we decided to meet up together as she was going out with her friends, and I was going to be out with mine. It was that night, as we hung out that I noticed she gravitated more towards me, and me towards her. We just enjoyed each other’s presence and could not leave each other’s side. At one point during the night, I lost her in the crowd and all I could think of is hoping that I find her again. I eventually did, and I remember not wanting to lose her again, so I took her up to the DJ booth where my cousin was DJ’ing. Although the booth sat high up where we can see everyone, it was pretty secluded in the back corner where we could be out of sight from other possible coworkers that might have been out. I had her sit on the bench while I showed off my fancy dance moves. Until this day, I’m still convinced that it was those sweet moves that won her heart, but she’ll probably lie and tell you otherwise.
She was so beautiful. I wanted to kiss her all night but I kept resisting. But as the night went by, our lips got closer and closer until we finally kissed. I know it was wrong to kiss a co-worker, but to me, I’ve never felt anything more right in my whole life. For just a short period of time, we worked together but kept our feelings a secret. We’d secretly hang out after work, but was always paranoid that another co-worker would see us. We knew in order to date each other, one of us would have to get transferred to another branch. We finally came up with a game plan, and that was to convince our area manager to transfer her to a bigger branch to help her gain experience. Our plan worked. Not long after she was transferred, I wanted to let the whole world know exactly how I felt about her. I’ve held my feelings in for far too long… that I promised myself that I would always give her my all, and never hold back again, for as long as I’m with her. I wanted to let everyone know just how much she meant to me. So one day, I had a big beautiful bouquet of flowers sent to her branch labeled from me.
And that’s where our Love Story began.
Fast forward to the future… We now have 2 kids together, and a third one on the way. We moved in to our dream home, and we have new careers. Most importantly, we are now FINALLY MARRIED!
And to think, I didn’t even want her to get hired at my branch in the first place. If she was turned away, I probably would have never met her. Our wedding, our love story, our life, and family together almost never happened. It is very scary to think that just one little event can drastically change your life forever. That one decision our managers had of whether to hire Christie or not, would have set our lives on different paths. That’s why I feel very lucky and blessed that things played out the way they did. It made me a true believer that everything happens for a reason. And in my heart, I believe that Christie and I were meant to cross paths, so we could share the happiness we were both looking for our whole lives, with each other.