Wedding Bells

Back Where it Began

’11 Megan Hervey and ’11 Zack Berlat
met six years ago as Gonzaga students spending a summer in Spokane. By the time classes were back in session, they were inseparable. They also worked together in Student Publications, she as editor-in-chief of Gonzaga Bulletin and he as photography editor. After graduation, they moved to Colorado, where they rode bikes and hiked the Rockies.

And on an especially cold October day in 2016, they got married in front of the flatirons in Boulder, with a friend from GU’s Marketing Department (Rajah Bose) officiating. Four days later, the couple packed up and headed back to the place where it all began, as Zack took a position as staff photographer at the university. He says, “We are so happy to join the Gonzaga family again, as a married couple.”

Twice as Nice

’09 Becky (Tomcho) Holley and her groom Pulkit Gupta celebrated their vows twice – once in Delhi, India, and once at Gonzaga Prep.

In 2013, the two met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in Spokane, then were engaged in 2015 when Pulkit took Becky to India to meet his family.

“Our wedding was a great experience with many traditional Indian ceremonies over three days,” says Becky.

During the mehandi ceremony, the bride’s henna artwork on her arms and feet took nearly seven hours to complete.

The engagement ceremony the next day included dances performed on stage from both sides of the family, as well as the exchange of rings and cake cutting. The wedding ceremony started with a baraat – a procession where the groom sits on a horse or carriage while his  family dances in the street with a band on the way to the wedding ceremony, which took place around a fire. Seven times, the bride and groom would circle the fire before officially becoming husband and wife. Becky says, “I love sharing about it. It was such a fun experience.”

’87 Esperanza Aguillon
wedded Kevin Sinclair in a ceremony that blended their two cultures. Esperanza is a high school Spanish teacher in Oregon, where she and her husband enjoy their kids and three cats. “Life is good,” she says.

’06 Gina Gailis married Tom Shanahan last summer in his home country, Ireland. Twelve Zags made the cross-Atlantic trek to be part of the wedding by the sea.

’06 Tracey Radabaugh exchanged vows with Scott Berry in Oregon City.

’09 Kelly MacRae and ’10 Louis DiGonzini, celebrated their vows at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Palm Desert, California. Their officiating priest – Father Kerry Beaulieu – is also a Gonzaga grad, although the couple are quick to credit Mr. Corker’s business management class for the magic that brought them together.

’10 Clelia Leopold said “I do” to Keith Tilford in the Virginia countryside, near Washington D.C., where they met.

’10 Andrea Schmidt and ’10 Daniel Isaacson married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Boise, surrounded by Gonzaga friends. They reside in Longview, Washington.

’11 Nicole Kelly married Carter Gilmore in Snohomish, Washington, surrounded by several other Zags.

’11 Michaela Bromfield and ’11 Carl Withers tied the knot at Holy Names Academy in Seattle. They met during their first year at Gonzaga and attended Gonzaga-in-Florence together. After graduation, they reconnected and their long friendship became romance.

’11 Brittany Van Buskirk and ’10 Nathan Brown exchanged vows atop Colorado’s picturesque Copper Mountain, where guests took chairlifts to witness the ceremony. Their bridal party included seven fellow Zags.

’11 Emily Pyne and ’11, ’12 Andrew Doty represent another match fostered in Florence. They married in the bride’s hometown of Novato, California, followed by a reception in the Sonoma wine country. They reside in Denver.

’13 Michelle Eastwood and ’13 Daniel Zimny were surrounded by 13 Zags (from 2006 to 2018) when they married. They met in Crosby Student Center, moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and now reside in Carlsbad, California.

’13 Madaline Rhiel and ’13 Paul Doran exchanged vows last June in Denver, with Zags serving in the wedding party.

’13 Ashley Ruen and ’13 Conner Thorne celebrated their union at the Gonzaga Student Chapel, followed by one of the first receptions to be held at the new John J. Hemmingson Center on campus. They, too, met while studying at Gonzaga-in-Florence.

’13 Kelsey Were and Zachary Foote enjoyed a beautiful ceremony at Arbor Gardens in Snohomish, Washington, with five other Zags in attendance.

Oh, Baby Boys!

’02 Brian Lay and his partner, Gena, welcomed Cameron Alexander as their second child in November. He joins big sister, Madison Grace. Baby Cameron is growing like a linebacker, so Gonzaga sports may be in his future!

’05 Valerie Nelson and husband, Todd, welcomed their second baby boy, Cameron Joseph, in November.

’07 Shannon Moore and her husband, Brandon, welcomed their second child in August. Karter is already very loved by his big brother, Gus.

’09 Demetra and ’09 Chris Heinrich were overjoyed to welcome their first child, Matthias Martin, in October 2015. Demetra and Chris met at Gonzaga and were later married in 2010 by Father Timothy Clancy, their Honors Program adviser.

’10 Dena Rosko and James Rosko welcomed baby boy Graem Xavier. They discovered they were expecting while remodeling their home; Graem means “new homestead.”

’13 Erik and ’13 Amanda Fuentes welcomed their new son, Julian, into the world last October. He wasted no time in becoming a Zags fan.


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