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Through the rest of college and graduate school, with her studying sociology and him studying business and finance, they stuck together. While their families and friends pestered them about whether or when they would get married, they were young and knew they could take it one step at a time. Moving in together. Getting a cat.
Their cat is named Oscar, "after Oscar de la Renta," Adrienne says. "After Oscar de la Hoya," Charles says. Later they added a dog, Chloe, to the family; both animals were from shelters. Adrienne's interest in expanding the family may have had something to do with Charles' long hours at work during that time.
When Charles graduated, he spent three years as an investment banker, an 80-100-hour-a-week commitment that was crucial to his future career. He and Adrienne are planners and work hard. She's in public relations, and he's in private equity. They both understood that sacrificing time together in the early days would mean more time together with a better quality of life later. Charles became impressed with how independent and supportive Adrienne was during what turned out to be the most challenging years of his life.
Six years after they started dating, Charles asked Adrienne's parents to breakfast ... without her. Her parents knew something was up. "It was awkward to be so formal," Charles said, since he knew her parents pretty well at that point. He asked for permission to marry their daughter. "Finally," they said.
For several months, Charles had to keep his plans a secret, including picking out the ring. He took Adrienne to a romantic inn in Napa, California, but his original plan to propose in a nearby apple orchard didn't work out, since it was freezing cold, dark, and the couple got lost. Finally finding their way back to the restaurant at the inn, he proposed near an outdoor fireplace that kept them warm, and well-lit enough to see each other's faces for the special and long-awaited moment.
The next items on the agenda were elaborate bachelor and bachelorette parties in Cabo San Lucas. The highlight of the bachelorette festivities was a huge scrapbook Adrienne's friends made for her from photos during the past decade, which she treasures.
The highlight of the bachelor party was a disaster that still brings a smile to Charles' face -- they spent a fortune renting a 50-foot yacht to go marlin fishing. Boarding the boat, they were pumped up on the luxury of it all, joking and shouting about being the "King of the World!" However, less than an hour later, all thirteen men were in the center of the boat, laying down, seasick, for the rest of the trip. No one even tried to catch any fish.
Now, safely back on land, the bride and groom are having their wedding at the crème de la crème of wine country hotels, Auberge du Soleil, in Rutherford. After almost eight years of learning everything about each other, they wrote their own wedding vows ... and surprised each other with them during the ceremony.
Love Story: Adrienne and Charles
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Courtesy of Red Room