Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Going to the Chapel: Noddea and Calin

Noddea and Calin are getting married October 17! This couple is fun, outgoing and both have a love for the theater.

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Noddea: Program and Building Coordinator for Campus Life at Aquinas College
Calin: Freelance commercial/industrial/stage actor and writer.

Tell us about the very first time you two met?
"That's tricky! As actors we both saw each other from the audience perspective in different theatre productions in the Grand Rapids community in late 2004/ early 2005, but we didn't get a face-to-face introduction until the Spring of 2007 when mutual theatre friends' band was playing and we both were there. Later in the summer, we continued to show up at the same places following rehearsals for separate theatre productions and the rest is is history! In December 2008, we finally got to be on stage together for the very first time!"

What is your idea of the perfect date?
"We are big a big way! The idea of a perfect date is probably hitting Celebration! Cinema on a Saturday or Sunday morning, with a refillable popcorn bucket in hand, followed by an afternoon at home, grilling on the deck. "

The one thing about your wedding that you are most excited for?
"The ring blessing ritual...everyone in attendance that day will have opportunity to hold and personally bless our rings during the wedding ceremony. Knowing that we have our friends and families support in our marriage and are wishing for our success as a family is an overwhelming emotional gift for us."

Your proposal story:
"One year after our first "official" date, we drove out to Hoffmaster State Park to lay on the beach and read, and just "be". As we were leaving I thought, "I'm in jeans. glasses, and a hoddie...he looks really good." After lying on the beach for a while there was some discussion about life, our future and Calin proposed with a custom-designed by Hoffman Jewelers in East Grand Rapids. The center stone is a stunning natural sapphire that Calin's father had given to his mother in the early 1970's. As the proposal was happening all I remember thinking was, Noddea, remember this! Remember this! Remember what he says, people are going to ask about this moment!-however; that's what I remember most."

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Congratulations Noddea and Calin. Noddea, those are some smokin' hot shoes in your engagement picture and what a beautiful and special engagement ring.

all photos courtesy of JK Photography