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Colleen and Eduardo Tie The Knot

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Colleen and Eduardo: 

story by marilyn isaminger | photos by the grays photography


Colleen Godínez, 26, is a 2012 Kansas State University grad in psychology, journalism and mass communication. She lived in Denver for three and a half years working in nonprofit management. Colleen is a lover of her faith, good wine and running; she works full time as the alumni coordinator at Notre Dame de Sion School.


Eduardo Godínez, 26, is a 2012 Benedictine College grad in international business. He was born and raised in Toluca, Mexico, and moved to St. Louis when he was 13, becoming a United States citizen in January 2016. Eduardo is a supportive housing case manager for Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas and loves archery and beer.


Colleen and Eduardo were introduced by their mutual friend, Christine. “Eddie didn’t know it was a set-up, but I did!” laughs Colleen.


For his surprise proposal, Eduardo used creativity and thoughtfulness. “In September of last year we were still living in Denver,” she reminisces. “Eddie told me we were going to see a Mexican film the weekend before my birthday, and I believed him. He picked me up from my apartment and he was acting very strange. We showed up to our favorite dine-in movie theater and I sat in an empty theater and watched a film that was professionally created for the proposal about our story. After I watched the short film, Eddie came into the theater and asked me to marry him. We went to the theater’s bar for a celebratory drink and my entire family had flown in to Denver to surprise me!”


The blissful couple tied the knot on April 2, 2016, in a traditional ceremony at Holy Rosary Wea Catholic Church with about 250 people in attendance. The bridal party included ten bridesmaids, ten groomsmen and six ushers, all family and friends from every walk of life of the bridal couple. Colleen’s Maid of Honor was her sister, Maureen Quinn, and Eduardo’s Best Man was his brother, Sergio Gomez.


The day of the wedding was warm and there was not a cloud in the sky. “Eddie and I can only describe it as Heaven on earth,” Colleen shares. “The Wedding Mass was the most important part of the day, and we had priests and a deacon fly in from Mexico and Denver. Some members of the Benedictine College choir filled the room with the most angelic voices that kept us both smiling every time they sang. Since Eddie is from Mexico, we incorporated a tradition of the lasso, in which a large rosary is placed around both of us and a special blessing is said for our protection. At the reception, we had a blast with the photo booth, DJ and candy bar, and I surprised Eddie with a Harry Potter-themed groom’s cake. But the day was especially perfect because so many friends and family joined us from so many places to celebrate.”


The couple honeymooned on Holbox Island, Mexico, where they enjoyed the relaxation of a waterfront, private bungalow. HLM