Wedding stories: Embracing the outdoors
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Austin. Philadelphia. Des Moines. There are nearly 1,000 miles between the Texas and Iowa capitals, a little more between Des Moines and Philly. Yet Luke and Marissa Kephart managed to meet — and fall in love — despite the miles between them. All it took was one night over Christmas break, when the two were back for the holiday (Marissa from Austin and Luke from Philadelphia). They met through mutual friends and siblings at The Lift on Fourth Street. After a couple of nights getting to know one another with friends and family, Marissa returned to Austin. Two days later, Luke boarded a bus bound for the Texas capital, and they were engaged a year later.

“I noticed a connection,” Luke said. “I was intrigued. I noticed she was smart, funny and had pretty eyes. We were really honest with each other, and it was a refreshing change.”

Luke and Marissa were married Sept. 10, 2011.

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The proposal: “I knew I was going to propose to her after I went down in February 2010 — two months after I met her,” Luke said. He waited a while longer, after having just moved back to Iowa for family reasons. While video-chatting with Marissa,…………… continues on DesMoinesRegister.com

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