Linda met Mike on the first day of school in August of last year. He was making necessary arrangements for daughter Gina and ran over to introduce himself to her new teacher. Their first date was at El Vaquero where, coincidentally, a mariachi band serenaded the beautiful couple. Linda fondly remembers that restaurant patrons also snapped pictures and the moment seemed filled with "drama".
Two weeks later, Linda received a text the Mike was smitten and that he could marry her on the spot. Linda remembers thinking he was joking. The couple continued to date each other and the following March, Mike popped the question. Still thinking he was joking,she said "YES". She remembers feeling "it instantly felt right".
The ceremony was held at Linda's home church, St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral. As much as they wanted a romantic wedding on the beach, the couple felt a church wedding was important. After the ceremony was complete, a reception sprinkled with Macedonian food and dancing was held at the Hilton at Polaris.