Above: The newlyweds
In their hearts, it seems Andrea Martinez and Jeffrey Houle always knew what they wanted, even if it took a while for it to happen. The pair dated briefly in high school, even went to prom together, but remained friends during college. After, they decided to give their relationship another shot. Seven years later, as they strolled through the sunken garden at The Elms in Newport, Jeffrey got down on one knee and proposed to a very surprised and ecstatic Andrea. Justice of the Peace Melinda Roberts presided over the ceremony, which took place at Lord Thompson Manor in Thompson. During the ceremony, the couple exchanged coins in keeping with Andrea’s Colombian heritage; six Italian coins from Jeffrey, six Colombian coins from Andrea, and one U.S. coin to symbolize their union.
The bride is the daughter of Neicy Lopez of Stamford and the late German Martinez. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut, and completed a master’s degree in counseling at Fairfield University, where she is an assistant dean.The groom is the son of Patricia and John Houle of Stamford. He graduated from the University of Connecticut, where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance before completing his Juris Doctor. He is an associate attorney at Carmody, Torrance, Sandak & Hennessey in Stamford.
The couple honeymooned in Italy before returning to their home in Milford.
Photographs: Nathan Ramirez Photography