+ our love story
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Marissa & Anthony
I said YES!
I am a born and raised Cleveland native. Currently I’m studying to get my PhD from Case Western Reserve where I study Sociology with a concentration on medical sociology and social inequality. In my free time I can be found cuddled up with Anthony watching the latest docuseries or playing with our son.
I am currently a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, where I am studying 20th century African American history. I was born and raised in Chicago, but have lived in Cleveland, Ohio for 5 years, having graduated from Cleveland State in May 2021. When I am not studying hard or caring for our son, I love watching movies and tv shows with my fiancé, as well as reading biographies and mystery books. I also enjoy watching sports with my fiancé, in particular the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears.
Anthony had a beautiful proposal planned for us at a local park. He was so nervous and yet calm. He actually proposed before we even made it out the door! It was perfect. He found the moment and went for it. Such a special moment between us, it was like the world stopped spinning for a minute and it was just him and I.
I hope it doesn’t sound cliché, but I knew Anthony was "the one" for me when one day I was really down - just one of those times life gets you good - and Anthony was there holding my hand, reading through my old Instagram post captions in a silly voice. It was such a quick moment. Just a glance into the empathetic soul he has, but it shifted my entire experience. I’ll always remember sitting with him in what could have been one of the hardest days of my life, but instead I spent it laughing and snuggled with someone who cared so much about me. It was an indescribable need and he read the moment so well, I think about it often. In that moment I knew he was special and someone I could spend my life with.
Our first date was at a place called Lakewood Park, so I wanted to propose to her at the same place at midnight on New Year’s Eve. It is such an incredibly beautiful place with breathtaking views of Lake Erie, and I wanted to be with her there as we gazed out in the moonlit-drenched waters along the shores of Cleveland. Unfortunately, I got excited and proposed to her before we left our apartment as we were getting ready!
Ceremony & Reception
Cleveland History Center
10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland | Ohio
Parking Note: Parking at the Wedding Venue is complimentary; however you may receive a parking ticket upon your arrival. Please take a ticket, but you will not have to pay. The parking gate will be open upon exiting.
Courtyard Cleveland University Circle
2021 Cornell Road | Cleveland, OH 44106
Rate: $159 plus tax per night
Parking: Hotel offers valet parking only
Discounted rate: $21 valet per day
Reservations must be made by
June 20, 2022.
Call 1-800-Marriott and
Reference the Gilbert/Thompson Wedding to receive the group rate or click the button below.
Note: A shuttle will be available from the hotel to the wedding venue for guests staying at the hotel.
Please know that your presence at our wedding is present enough! However, for friends and family who have been asking for gift ideas, we have created a registry. Please click the button below:
FREQUENTLY asked QUESTIONS
How would you describe your fiancé in one word?
“Captivating” – Marissa
“Irreplaceable” – Anthony
***Frequent wedding and reception question on the following slides, we promise!
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Marissa + Anthony