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James and Marcel met in Boston, the first week of school in 2005. James was at Boston University and Marcel was at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston program at Tufts University. Marcel was a Filipino immigrant who called San Diego, California his hometown, and was an artistic dreamer who loved watercolor, metaphysical poetry and English literature. James was a Louisiana-born Coloradoan from the foothills of Denver who loved nature, science, and cinema, and was studying International Relations. They bonded over a shared love of all things Disney, but sparred verbally. In no time at all the intellectual banter was replaced with heartfelt words of love. Just like their college days, they continue to veg out in their jammies and watch sci-fi/fantasy dramas until the wee hours, and - oh yes - are Disneyland annual passholders. Fortunate enough to have two incredibly supportive families, as of August 27, 2016, they have been together for eleven years. To no one’s surprise, James got down on one knee and proposed to Marcel at Disneyland; they will at last be married in March of 2017.

james & marcel